A PRE-game discussion paid dividends for Wesley-CBC as it scored its first win against competition powerhouse Allansford in more than five years on Saturday.
The Beavers continued their promising start to the season, moving to fourth on the table, with a big win at Allansford.
Wesley-CBC smashed 8-240 after Brett Tory (74) and Wil Pomorin (47) shared a 106-run fourth-wicket partnership.
The target was too big for the Gators, which were dismissed for 157 and are now winless after three rounds.
It was the first time Wesley-CBC had beaten Allansford since the Beavers claimed the 2006-07 division one grand final against the Gators.
“The guys were saying they hadn’t beaten them since the flag year in ’07,” Beavers captain Andrew Cheeseman said.
“It’s been a long time since they have beaten Allansford, especially at Allansford.”
Cheeseman said a pre-match focus had worked.
“At the start of the game we wrote on the board ‘partnerships’ as a focus,” he said.
With Cheeseman (35) and Ryan McArdle (43) sharing a 74-run opening partnership, a platform had been set for Tory and Pomorin.
The Beavers, after being in contention to make the finals last year, missed out largely because of their inability to score runs despite having a good bowling combination.
“When I got interviewed for the job I said their batting was their weakness and that was true,” Cheeseman said.
“The last two rounds we’ve had two partnerships over 100 and that’s been the key.”
With scores of 190 and 240 in the past two one-day fixtures, he said the Beavers were in good form heading into Saturday’s first turf-wicket match of the season against defending premier West Warrnambool.
“A lot of the guys have struggled to believe they can score in the competition and be very competitive,” Cheeseman said.
“I suppose they hoped to win but now they know they can win.”