MACARTHUR once again has dominated a match in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade competition and solidified its place at the top of both the Premiership and One-Day Shield ladders after the Demons accounted for Byaduk on Saturday.
Hugh Douglas opened the batting for Byaduk after Jonathan Jenkin won the toss and elected to have first use of the wicket.
Douglas strode to the crease with Drew Pickford and one has to wonder if there was any trepidation going through his mind as it was Pickford, who cost the all-rounder a century only seven days ago in the Cogger Gurry T20 carnival.
The pair batted well and got the Ducks away to a great start as the runs began to flow.
They had 47 on the board after the first 10 overs as the Demons attack struggled to dismiss the pair.
They carried on to the drinks break undefeated as the board showed 83 runs had been scored and the Ducks had all 10 wickets in hand.
The century stand beckoned, but it was not to be as Pickford was caught by Charlie Nield for 33 after only two overs back after the break.
He and Douglas had added 90 to give the victors the best possible start against the ladder leaders.
The prize wicket of Toby Knight (3) followed soon after as Brilley had the star all-rounder caught by Matt Winnell to have the Ducks at 2-97.
Unfortunately the Byaduk middle order could not follow the lead of Douglas and Pickford as no other batsman could manage to register double figures.
The Macarthur attack continued to strike blows to the Byaduk cause as the batsmen failed to make sure that he final total finished on the plus side of 200, but Douglas did register his century to finally join the “club”.
He finished on 105 when he tried to hit out against Greg Carter in the final overs, but he did make his runs from a team score of 170 which shows just how well he dominated the innings.
The final score finished on 7-180, which was far from what the Ducks should have posted after such a dominant start.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 14, 2014