Russells Creek hopes to forge “good habits” from its short-form Warrnambool and District Cricket Association games

Russells Creek bowler Izzy Yaddehinge returns to the top of his mark. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Russells Creek bowler Izzy Yaddehinge returns to the top of his mark. Picture: Rob Gunstone

BEATEN two-day grand finalist Russells Creek hopes to forge “good habits” from its short-form battles as it pursues redemption from last season.

Jayaweera Bandara’s men used a strong innings with the bat to condemn Merrivale to a 30-run defeat on Saturday.

A spread of contributors – including captain Cam Williams (30), recruit Rukshan Weerasinghe (36), Nathan Divall (18) and Shashan Silva (18) – helped Creek notch the first-up triumph.

“We spoke about partnerships and getting a good start at training on Thursday night,” Bandara said.

“Early wins are going to be important for us because we want to get off on the right foot.

“We want to get those partnerships so we can bat for a long time and really stick together when it comes to the longer innings’.”

Creek also boasted an array of bowling contributers, with Williams handing eight men the ball. 

Silva, spinner Joe Kenna and medium pacers Jeremy Kiensrod and Blake Evans all secured two-wicket hauls.

Creek travels to Port Fairy next weekend.