VINCE Moran admits there was plenty of room for improvement.
After all, the Tallangatta batsman’s first taste of opening resulted in just one run on the scorebook and a “bowled” next to his name.
Fast forward to Saturday’s home game against Belvoir and Moran’s second attempt at the new ball read 136, with the 22-year-old putting on a massive 228-run partnership for the first wicket with Nathan Thompson (133), a club record stand.
Moran said yesterday that there was no secret ingredient to his turnaround.
“I’m not an opener by trade so it was something different for me,” Moran said.
“It was nice to get a start.
“Generally he’s (Thompson) at the top and I’m in the middle or lower order.
“We just talked about building the partnership and doing the little things.”
It was Moran’s first ton in the top grade and the first in a couple of seasons for Thompson, 27.
Former Eskdale keeper- batsman Thompson said the wicket was perfect for batting and paid credit to Moran’s patience.
“Vince batted really well,” he said.
“He takes his time but he gets on with it; he’s very professional about it.
“I don’t think I’ve batted with him much before so it was good.”
The 228-run opening partnership laid the foundations for Tallangatta’s mammoth total of 9-367.
Belvoir will have to put in its best batting performance of the season to reach it.