WEST Indian recruit Romario Greaves made an impressive debut for East Albury as the Crows kicked off their season with a 10-run victory over Tallangatta at Alexandra Park on Saturday.
Greaves, who arrived on the Border late on Thursday night, made a brisk 22 in a score of 5-104 and backed it up with 1-16 as the home team defended the total.
Skipper Dylan Weeding said it was a pleasing performance against one of the competition's most feared line-ups.
"We were pretty happy with that," Weeding said.
"A lot of people have probably earmarked Tallangatta as one of the strongest sides and, although Malhotra (Sahib) isn't playing yet, it was a good win.
"It's only early in the season, but it's always good to start well."
With cricket being played on the ground for the first time in over 12 months, East Albury won the toss and batted with Kris Milosta (45) and Greaves (22) the mainstays.
Weeding thought the total was 10 to 15 runs under par.
"We would have liked a few more but it was a pretty tough wicket to bat on," he said.
"It spun a fair bit."
Greaves used the conditions superbly with his clever finger spin bogging down the Tallangatta middle-order.
Wangaratta recruit Fraser Ellis topscored with 29 not out on debut.
"Romario looked good," Weeding said.
"I thought he swung the momentum when he came into bat and bowled really well.
"He's played a lot of Twenty20 cricket and that showed."
Belvoir opened with a 26-run victory over Albury at Billson Park.
Although both sides were under strength, the Eagles had the answers with young gun Lachie McMillan leading the way with 36 off 38 balls.
His score helped the visitors reach 103 which proved too much for Albury.
Louis Botes topscored with 12 against good bowling from Cam McCormack (4-21) and Michael Booth (3-7).
Wodonga trounced Wodonga Raiders.
Set a meagre 55 for victory, the Bulldogs chased down the score inside eight overs with skipper Tom Johnson making 30 not out.
Lavington defeated St Patrick's by six wickets.
A four-wicket haul from Darcy I'Anson and tidy knocks from Nathan Brown, Brad Dalbosco and Matt Tom proved the difference.
North Albury beat New City.