Last year’s Wangaratta and District Cricket Association finalists City Colts kicked off the season in style with a convincing 60-run victory against Delatite on Saturday.
Colts batted first and posted a solid total of 9-179 from their 40 overs, led by a classy 85 from vice-captain Nick Norris.
Ollie Willett (16) and Mitch Giggins (16) were the only other Colts batsmen to reach double figures as Matthew Stevenson kept Delatite in the contest with an excellent spell of 4-23.
Stevenson backed it up with the bat to top score with 33, but Delatite never really threatened.
Dylan Adams (3-16) and Mitch Howe (2-17) led the way with the ball for the Colts.
Norris said it was nice to get runs in the opener after coming off a poor season.
“I think I only scored a couple of hundred runs last year and my top score was about 30,” Norris said.
“The pitch was surprisingly good, short of a length was a bit up and down, but anything full was coming on well and the outfield was quick.”
Yarrawonga-Mulwala produced the most dominant display of the opening round, posting 4-199 before bowling Wangaratta Magpies out for 104.
New recruit Josh Lawrence starred with 47 from 46 balls, while Ben Welsh (40), Matt Casey (48) and Matt Knight (38) also contributed with the bat.
Will Sharp was the chief destroyer with the ball for the Lakers, finishing with figures of 4-14 off six overs.
Greta won a thriller against Benalla Bushrangers.
The Bushrangers posted 8-174 from their 40 overs with Greta reaching 7-176 on the final ball of the innings.
Former City Colts young gun Cam Nottle top scored with 45 in the run chase.
Rovers United-Bruck notched up a win on the road, bowling Ovens Valley United out for just 121, before finishing on 7-151.
Andrew Newton was the only batsman to get going for the home side, while Jacob Schonafinger spearheaded the Hawks’ attack with 3-16 off eight overs.
Several Hawks’ batsman got starts, with Adam McNamara’s 27 top score.