COMPETITION powerhouse Mortlake has stamped itself as a force to be reckoned with again with a dominant opening-round performance.
Mortlake dismantled reigning South West Cricket Association premiers Heytesbury Rebels on Saturday at Timboon Recreation Reserve.
Batting first, Mortlake made 115 from its 50 overs with Todd Robertson top scoring with 28.
The Mortlake bowlers made light work of the Rebels batting line-up, claiming all 10 wickets inside 24 overs with just 60 runs on the board.
Lachie Wareham was the star with 5-16 from his nine overs.
Mortlake captain Todd Lamont said it was a pleasing result.
“It was good to come out and get a win first up, everyone was excited after the game,” Lamont said.
“I was happy enough with 115, the outfield was slow so there was no value for your shots.
“Our opening bowlers were able to rip through them. Lachie Wareham has had some back problems so he was just easing back into it but he was still pretty sharp.”
In the other round one game, Pomborneit was too strong at home against Noorat.
The visitors batted first and made 159 with Brad Hillman taking 4-29. Matthew Bignell (80) led the Pomborneit run chase with good support coming from Craig Sargeant (52 not out).