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BDCA T20: Eaton’s unbeaten streak in T20 competition continues following brilliance from Bobtails opener

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Eaton opener Jake Rudd, here with teammate Ben Simpson, had a massive day on Sunday.
Camera IconEaton opener Jake Rudd, here with teammate Ben Simpson, had a massive day on Sunday. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Eaton opener Jake Rudd produced one of the best individual efforts of the 2022-23 summer on Sunday at the Eaton Sports Ground, as the Bobtails thrashed the Rising Stars in their club T20 competition match-up.

Rudd, a stalwart of the Bobtails, blasted a phenomenal 103 from 50 balls — a retired not out knock which included 10 boundaries and eight sixes.

With this firepower at their disposal, the home side marched to 6-183, before removing the Rising Stars for 90 off 17.5 overs.

As has been the case with several clubs in this competition, the Bobtails’ focus on youth development continued, with promising teenager Riley Stenhouse appointed skipper for the clash.

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Stenhouse, who has played a wealth of representative cricket recently, did not let his teammates down, snaring 3-10 off only 1.5 overs.

There was a boilover at Forrest Park, with second-grade pacesetters Harvey-Benger — inspired by a scintillating performance from Francois Roelofsz — defeating Marist by 19 runs, while Leschenault and Donnybrook recorded wins over Hay Park and Colts respectively.

It was not all doom and gloom for Blues supporters though on Sunday, as the Marist women’s team pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in BDCA women’s competition history.

Chasing 126 for victory against the Green Caps during their A-grade clash, the reigning premiers slumped to 9-52 in the 13th over, with the result seemingly a foregone conclusion.

However, an extraordinary partnership by senior duo Zoe Buck (26 off 37 balls) and Kelly Bastow (20 off 39 balls) against the odds was enough for the hosts to celebrate an unforgettable triumph.

Sadly for the Green Caps, they conceded 41 extras with the ball, which also proved the making of their final downfall.

League leaders Donnybrook also suffered a hiccup at home, falling to Colts by seven wickets.

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