JEFF Rosolin and Simon Harkness will go down in history as the first batsmen to craft top-grade centuries for Heytesbury Rebels.
The pair single-handedly lifted the Rebels to their first win of the South West Cricket season, a 10-wicket triumph against Bookaar at Camperdown Showgrounds.
Vice-captain Rosolin reached 113 before losing his wicket to Eddie Lucas, while former skipper Harkness finished on 111 not out.
Together, they put on 237 for the first wicket, passing the Pelicans’ 8-197 in the process. Heytesbury Rebels finished on 1-248.
Rebels skipper Travis Brown said the pair, both in their early 20s, provided entertaining viewing for their teammates.
“They didn’t give any chances. They were solid all day,” he said.
“They pretty much waited for the bad balls, rotated the strike really well and got on top, didn’t back off.
“They probably could’ve batted a little bit harder at times maybe, but the game was always within our reach.
“We only batted to win the game. We didn’t bat to win by 100 runs.”
Rosolin made 162 runs at an average of 14.73 for the Rebels last season, while Harkness fared better, hitting 257 at 18.36.
But their two centuries so early in the season suggest they could be the men to provide support to skipper Brown.
The ability to post match-winning scores is the biggest question as to whether the Rebels can make a first finals campaign.
But Brown resisted reading too much into the result, saying the Rebels remained unproven against the best SWC teams.
“It’s a step in the right direction but we’ll see how we go over the next few weeks,” he said.
“We’ve got Pomborneit this week, they’re undefeated, so we’ll see how we’re travelling after this weekend.
“That needs to be our norm now, we need to be at that level if we want to play finals cricket.”
Earlier in the day, Bookaar opener Lachlan Green compiled 70 to anchor the Pelicans’ innings.
Lucas, 20, Matthew Field, 25, and Jackson Merrett, 23, provided support although the score was just par on the small ground.
In other SWC matches, Shane Slater reached three figures for the second time in two matches to lift Mortlake to a big win against Woorndoo at Woorndoo.
Slater, standing in for Josh Barr as opener, crafted 125 to go with his 104 against Simpson in round one.
Neil Kelly, 63, and Todd Lamont, 67 not out, also cashed in with the bat.
Their efforts helped the Cats reach 3-348, in reply to the Tigers’ 9-122. Ball dominated bat as Pomborneit defeated Cobden by 92 runs.
Pomborneit made 181 batting first, with Brayden Crow snaring 5-29, the best figures of the weekend.
Cobden, in reply, was all out for 89 as former Lismore all-rounder Coby Dudman took 4-15.
Noorat preserved its unbeaten start with a 82-run win against Boorcan at Noorat.
Skipper Wil Pomorin made 74 and Gus Pomorin reached 60 as the hosts made 201 all out, despite the efforts of Scott Lucas, 3-29.
Boorcan was all out for 119, with Matt Boyle making 58 and Simon Densley taking 4-32.