POMBORNEIT batsman Steve Castle made it back-to-back centuries on Saturday.
The right-hand bat put on a devastating 215-run opening partnership with Craig Sargeant as the Bulls inflicted Cobden’s first loss of the South-West Cricket division one season.
Castle made 109 and Sargeant an unbeaten 91 in the 173-run win. David Murphy also chimed in with 31 not out for the Bulls.
Chasing 266 in reply, Cobden was dismissed for 92, with Bulls off-spinner Steven O’Neill snaring 4-8.
Castle’s ton — his seventh for the club — included 10 fours and two sixes. His hundred backed up his 143 the week before.
He said the innings against Cobden was much harder.
“They didn’t bowl badly and the pitch didn’t lend itself to hitting through the ball too much so you had to work hard for runs and take advantage of the bad ball if it came,” he said.
“It wasn’t as free-flowing.”
Castle said his opening stand with Sargeant helped set up the win.
“We lost the toss and were sent in to bat,” he said. “The pitch was quite good but it was a little slow in patches.
“Any time you put on those sort of opening stands, it holds you in good stead for the rest of the day.”
Castle praised Sargeant, Murphy, O’Neill and opening bowler Brad Hillman for their roles.
“It was good to see ‘Sarg’ bat through the innings and David Murphy continue his form,” he said.
“He hit the ball well when he got his chance.”
Terang recorded a 21-run win against Bookaar.
Tim Keane was prolific for Terang with 62 runs and 6-15.
Liam Geary chimed in with 52 as Terang posted 8-179.
Sylas Merrett (4-33) did the damage with the ball for Bookaar.
Bookaar made 158 in reply with top order bat Simon Baker knocking 55.
Boorcan celebrated a 46-run win against Camperdown.
Patrick Heffernan made an unbeaten 45 as Boorcan set 6-160.
Boorcan bowler Gus Bourke was instrumental in the win, snaring 6-13 off nine overs, including the important scalp of Jye McLaughlin. McLaughlin did his best to steer Camperdown home with 67 but his teammates fell around him and it was all out for 114.
Simon Richardson was the only other Camperdown bat to reach double figures.
Mortlake defeated Noorat by 47 runs.
Defending 112, Mortlake restricted Noorat to 65 runs.
Clint Baker was Mortlake’s best bowler with 3-13.