PERENNIAL powerhouse Bruck has started its title defence with a demolition of Rovers in a one-dayer in Wangaratta District Cricket.
The winners of four of the past five titles knocked over Rovers for less than a hundred before a series of strong middle order partnerships pushed the home side to almost 250 and enough bonus points to put them on top of the ladder after round one.
Nathan Thompson who made the switch to Wangaratta from Tallangatta in the off-season picked up three wickets for Bruck.
Captain Jordan Blades made 33 in the run chase, including a six on a shortened boundary, while Darren Petersen made 35 that included six boundaries.
Last year’s Bruck premiership winning captain Adam McNamara made 56.
But it was John Hyde who deserved man of the match honours with 3-16 off eight overs and 64.
“It was a good start to the year and some of the boys in the middle order had the chance to blow a few of the cobwebs out,” Blades said.
“We won the toss and sent them (to bat) and we were able to get three quick wickets.
“The centre had been under the covers on Thursday and Friday with a bit of rain about so there was just a little bit in it.
“Nathan Thompson who opened the batting told me just before we started that he bowled a bit and picked up some wickets — so that was a bonus.”
Blades said the opening over and some bowling will need to tighten against the better sides.
“We opened with five wides in the first over and gave up 20 extras overall so that needs to improve,” he said.
“Rovers are rebuilding but our first test will come against Whorouly next week.
“We have had two ties with them in the past four years and I think that is some sort of record — they are our bogey side.”
Blade believes Yarrawonga will be among the teams to beat after their rousing start.
Veteran Matthew Knight top scored with 93 in Yarrawonga-Mulwala’s first innings total of 176 and picked 4-25 as the home side collapsed to be all out for 127 just short of its 40 overs.
Beechworth too started its year in good stead with captain Brenton Surrey (71) the top scorer in their score of 149.
City Colts batted first at the Bill O’Callaghan Oval with former North Albury and CAW rep player Greg Daniel making 39 in their total of 4-142.