ESKDALE skittled last year’s finals contender Barnawartha-Chiltern in the opening round of District cricket on Saturday.
Although the established stars and prize recruit were for Eskdale, it was a teenager on debut who stole the spotlight at the end of the day.
The Miners crumbled with the bat and could only manage 34 after being bowled out in 16 overs.
Eskdale’s leading wicket taker last year, Haydon Wilson, claimed 4-6 off four overs before the visitors cruised past Barnawartha-Chiltern’s total without losing a wicket.
New recruit Clint Gilson continued the good work with a solid 39 before a 50-run stand between 14-year-old Ben Paton (49no) and young teen Liam Tobin (22no) had the visitors cruising at 6-199 at the end of the day’s play.
Captain Jamie Baude said it was nice to be able to give someone else a hiding.
“Last year that was us getting bowled out in 20 overs,” he said of the Miners’ first innings.
“We chose to bowl first and there was certainly something on the wicket.
“Wilson just bowled stump to stump and his four wickets were all clean bowled.”
Baude said Eskdale will bat out its 70 overs before looking for outright points when the game resumes next Saturday.
“Clearly we’d love to see Paton get a half-century,” he said.
“It is first game in A grade and he is just 14.
“But he came to the wicket with Clint Gilson also out in the middle and that was a great influence for the young bloke.
“Ben put his head down and batted really well.”
Baude said Gilson, who made the move to Eskdale in the off season from North Albury and coached Mitta footy side to the Tallangattta grand final, showed his experience and leadership.
“Not only did he get runs but he also was a great asset in the field,” he said.
“His advice and leadership is great for the club.”
Meanwhile last year’s leading runscorer and Border rep player of the year Ashan Ranaweera has started the season in ominous form.
Batting at no.3 for Mount Beauty against arch rival Yackandandah the Sri Lankan belted 128 that included 18 fours and a six in the Powers first innings total of 9-256 declared.