Hayes on fire again as Two Swords triumph over Bulls

Ballarat-Redan captain Jayden Hayes continued his hot run of form with the bat on Sunday, guiding his side to a commanding victory over Brown Hill.

Hayes led from the front as the Two Swords chased down the Bulls’ total in the one-day first grade contest.

Set 210 for victory, Ballarat-Redan cruised over the line inside 44 overs.

Hayes was the hero in the chase with his unbeaten innings of 95.

His knock included eight fours and came from just 82 balls.

Hayes arrived at the crease with his side at 1-31 and was involved in a 121-run third-wicket partnership with Josh Dilworth.

It has been a good run with the bat for the Two Swords skipper, who has made scores of 110, 45 and 95 not out in first grade matches since Christmas.

Dilworth made 46, while opener Taylor Sutton scored 36 as Ballarat-Redan finished on 3-210.

Earlier in the Ballarat Cricket Association contest in Alfredton, Brown Hill reached 9-209 from its 50 overs.

Tim and Jason Knowles made 64 and 60 respectively to help post a strong total.

Chris Egan was the best of the Two Swords bowlers, taking 3-20 off five overs.

Ballarat-Redan’s win followed its success over Napoleons-Sebastopol in the two-day game that finished on Saturday.

WHACK: Simon Ogilvie plays through the off side on his way to a score of 35 in Golden Point's big win over East Ballarat at Russell Square on Sunday. Picture: Dylan Burns.

WHACK: Simon Ogilvie plays through the off side on his way to a score of 35 in Golden Point's big win over East Ballarat at Russell Square on Sunday. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, Golden Point landed a crushing win over East Ballarat at Russell Square.

Batting first, the Pointies reached 8-224 with a good spread of contributors.

Stephen O’Loughlin (41), Josh White (39), Manjula De Zoysa (48) and Simon Ogilvie (35) were the best of the batsmen.

It always looked like it was going to prove too many for the Hawks to chase down and it panned out that way.

The hosts never really got going and were bowled out for 104 inside 37 overs.

Andy Warrick, Riley Hucker and De Zoysa all took two wickets for the winners, with Brad Whittaker the best of the East Ballarat batsmen, making 34.

Cameron Carter took three wickets for the beaten side.

Darley was the one-day round’s other winner.

The Lions made 9-168 from their 50 overs and dismissed Mt Clear for just 105.

Playing at home, the Mounties batted for less than 30 overs.

Opening bowler Ben Longhurst produced figures of 4-22 to steer his side to victory after Brad Barnes top-scored with 40.

Wendouree, North Ballarat and Napoleons-Sebastopol all had the bye on Sunday.

Just two two-day fixtures remain before finals kick off on the weekend of March 10-11.