​Walla start cricket season with comfortable win over Brocklesby

Tom Simmons made 55 on debut for Walla in its win over Brocklesby.

Tom Simmons made 55 on debut for Walla in its win over Brocklesby.

WALLA look set to be the competition’s big improver after scoring a 95-run victory over Brocklesby at Brocklesby on Saturday.

After several years near the bottom of the table, the Hoppers made an early statement by scoring 8-181.

Chris Hutchinson led the way 60 while coach Tom Simmons made 55 on debut.

Cricket Albury-Wodonga players David Tassell and Brayden Mulvey made one-off appearances for Walla to assist the club’s youngsters and help cover the absence of five players due to a wedding.

Brocklesby could only manage 9-86 in reply with fiery paceman Joel Merkel proving the destroyer with 5-16.

Matt Gadd topscored with 16.

Burrumbuttock scored a 64-run win over Rand with Trent I'Anson (44), Zac Barrenechea (26) and Darcy I'Anson (24) the mainstays.

Darcy I'Anson took 5-13 as the Pigeons crashed to be all out for 80 chasing 9-144.

Walbundrie had the bye.