Gunn, Behrens dig in to give Redbacks a chance

Bendigo United’s Ben Gunn cracked 117 against Strathdale-Maristians on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWESATURDAY SPORT | PHOTOS


WITH its season tetering on the brink, skipper Ben Gunn and Heath Behrens have given Bendigo United a chance of upstaging Strathdale-Maristians at Harry Trott Oval.

A century to Gunn and 80 from Behrens helped the Redbacks to 275 against the undefeated Suns on Saturday.

Gunn looked in ominous form from the outset for the Redbacks –who have won just one of their first five games -and by tea had already posted his eighth career BDCA century.

Gunn cracked 16 boundaries in making 117 off 141 balls, before he was out shortly after the tea break when caught by Cameron Taylor off Jacob DeAraugo (1-45).

Behrens’ fine form for the Redbacks continued with what was his third-consecutive score above 50.

The veteran left-hander faced 178 balls and hit nine boundaries and one six in his 80, but that elusive century against the Suns that he is yet to make again went begging.

Gunn and Behrens put on 150 for the second wicket following the early dismissal of Mark Di Fede (4).

They were the only batsmen to make more than 20 for the Redbacks, who having one stage been 4-244 lost 6-31.

The leading wicket-taker for the Suns was leg-spinner Cameron Taylor (4-77), while Jayden Hicks (2-40) and Ryan Haythorpe (2-38), who dismissed Behrens lbw, took two each.


Another bag of wickets from Kangaroo Flat leg-spinner Chris Barber –eight this time –and a century to Eaglehawk batsman Anthony West highlighted theclash at N8 Health Oval.

The Hawks compiled 274 after winning the toss and batting.

Barber’s breakout season for the Roos continued with a haul of 8-88 off 23.4 overs that took his tally of wickets to 29 at an average of 12.2.

At this rate, Barber is on track for a 62-wicket season.

Barber’s eight wickets –which came on the back of hauls of 5-64 and 5-45 in his previous two games –featured four modes of dismissal: caught (5); bowled (1); stumped (1); and lbw (1).

While Barber was the star with the ball, West was the standout with the bat for the Hawks as he made his third career century.

Batting at No.3 and coming in with the score at 1-10, West scored 120 off 211 balls.

West struck 10 boundaries in his ton.

The cornerstone partnership of the Hawks’ innings was the 97 West and Brodie Hawke (32 off 79) put on for the fifth wicket.

West’s innings came to an end when he was Barber’s fourth wicket when caught by stand-in Roos’wicket-keeper Brent Hamblin.

Earlier, Josh Collinson had again looked in damaging form for the Hawks when he raced to 34 off 32 (six fours) before being stumped by Hamblin off Barber, while Cobi Hansen later contributed a valuable 25 n.o. off 28 (two fours).


For the sixth time in as many games this season, Bendigo bowled first, but at least this time has a manageable score to chase against Strathfieldsaye at Provincial Home Loans Oval.

Coming off a pair of losses, the Goers bowled Strathfieldsaye out for 167 in 75 overs.

The Jets were never able to build any momentum during their innings and will again need to rely on their bowlers to deliver if they are to improve to 5-1.

The Goers spread their wickets around.

Nathan Fitzpatrick picked up an economical 3-23 off 19 overs, including nine maidens, in the Goers’ best bowling performance of the day.

Alex Pearson and Ryan Tricky both took an identical 2-20 off 10 overs, with both also bowling four maidens.

Teenager Bailey Goodwin (1-11) on debut claimed his first wicket in the first XI when he had Pat Felmingham (7) caught by Mark Ryan.

Coming off a pair of ducks, Strathfieldsaye skipper Ben Devanny top scored with 63and shared in the best partnership of the innings of 46 for the eighth wicket with Jack Stubbs (18) after the Jets had been 7-107.

Bendigo went to stumps at 1-21, with Marcus McKern (14) the batsman out.


SamStagg and Gavin Bowles both scoredcenturies for White Hills on a dominant day with the bat by the Demons against Sandhurst.

The Demons continued their strong batting formby plundering 6-340 as Bendigo Door Centre Weeroona Oval again proved a batting paradise.

Saturday was the third-consecutive first XI game where the team batting first at Weeroona Oval has made more than 300.

Opener Stagg’s 109 was his maiden first XI century for the Demons, surpassing his previous highest score of 58.

Stagg scored 76 of his runs in boundaries, striking 19 fours.

Bowles’ 128 n.o. was his second unbeaten century in as many games after making 115 n.o. against Bendigo last round.

Bowles –who now has 368 runs at an average of 122.6 –cracked 15 boundaries and one sixin his seventh career ton for the Demons.

Bowles and Stagg put on 168 for the second wicket, taking the score from 1-72 to 240.

Demons’ captain Mitch Winter-Irving chimed in with 49 (four fours, three sixes), while Dragons’ skipper Craig Howard (5-114 off 33) took five of his side’s six wickets for a season tally of 21.


Teenager Zane Keighran led the way with the bat for Golden Square as it made its highest score of theseason against Huntly-North Epsom.

Keighran’s 80 was the top score in Square’s 253 against the Power at Poyser Motors Oval.

The 15-year-old started his innings with Square under pressure at 3-36, but he showed plenty of maturity in scoring his maiden half-century in his fourth first XI knock.

Keighran spent 181 minutes out in the heat and faced 161 balls, belting eight boundaries in his 80.

Opener Luke Baird batted 182 minutes and 119 balls in making 22 and putting on 60 for the third wicket with Keighran.

Square also had Scott Trollope (41 off 54, seven fours) and Liam Smith (38 n.o. off 43) as its leading contributors with the bat.

Travis Russell and Ben Manning, both playing their first games in the first XI for the Power, combined for six wickets.

Russell claimed 4-25 off 12 overs, while Manning finished with 2-37 off 9.5 in the first time this season the Power has bowled its opposition out.Square was all out with one ball remaining in the last over.

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