Cricket: Dixon belts out an unbeaten 201 for Red Caps

TRISTAN Dixon again lived up to his status as one of the Ballarat Cricket Association’s most damaging batsmen with a brilliant double century against North Ballarat on Saturday.

The gun Wendouree bat made an unbeaten 201 as the Red Caps posted 9-401 in the club firsts clash at Northern Oval 2.

Dixon belted 28 fours and three sixes in the knock, which took him just 163 deliveries.

His efforts helped the Red Caps recover from trouble at 6-132 shortly before afternoon tea to reach a score that looks out of reach for the Roosters on day two.

Dixon’s innings follows hot on the heels of last round’s 159 not out against Coronet City.

The Victoria Country representative has now made 557 runs this season at an average of just over 92 in the club firsts.

David Ellis also continued his strong campaign with the willow, hitting eight fours and two sixes in a score of 62 at number eight.

Ellis and Dixon combined for a 160-run stand to get the Red Caps back on track, before tail-enders Eamon Johnson and Tim Beacham helped add some late runs to reach the 400 mark.

It was a tough day for the North bowlers after tea, with the returning Jason Crosbie the most damaging with 3-121 from 23 overs.