Big day out for bowlers in BDCA

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 09-Feb-2018

Sandhurst's Nayana Palamandadige appeals as part of the Dragons' blitz against Bendigo. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

IT was a day for the bowlers in the Bendigo District Cricket Association as quicks, seamers, leggies and tweakers alike destroyed batting attacks in First XI matches.

Four sides are staring down the barrel of their batting collapses leading to losses while one result has already fallen out of a top-four contender’s grasp.

Bendigo has already lost on first innings against Sandhurst, thanks in no small part to another brilliant century from Dragons opener Nayana Palamandadige.

After the Dragons skittled the Goers for 121 inside 50 overs at Weeroona Oval, Palamandadige took matters into his own hands, smashing 104 off 95 balls including 12 fours and five sixes as Sandhurst went to stumps at 3/158 off just 52 overs.

In the weekend’s other key games, Kangaroo Flat raced through Golden Square’s top order to the tune of 6/21 before the Bulldogs salvaged 142 from 60 overs.

Grant Connelly was his reliable self with 50 and Liam Smith and Darren Clutton both topped 20 to add some respectability to the scoreboard for the Dogs.

Brent Hamblin and Dylan Klemm did the bulk of the damage, Klemm taking 4/42 while Hamblin snared 3/17.

In reply, Kangaroo Flat is 3/50 off 22 overs but lost Dylan Gibson late in the day for 41.

At the QEO, Richard Tibbett picked up a five-for as Eaglehawk dismissed top side Strathdale Maristians for 133.

The day didn’t all go Tibbett’s way, going for 74 from his 16.4 overs, but he picked up the key wicket of Jack Neylon before ripping through the Suns’ tail.

James Vlaeminck top scored for Strathdale with 43. In reply, Eaglehawk went to stumps at 4/86 off 29 overs with skipper Cory Jacobs making 48 before he was caught by brother Linton off the bowling of Sam Johnston.

In other games, White Hills is 2/45 chasing the 120 set by Bendigo United and Strathfieldsaye is 4/90 needing 41 for first innings points against Huntly North Epsom.


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