JOHNO Benallack may have fallen just short of his maiden South West Cricket century, but importantly the Cobden co-captain set his side up for a win in its first one-dayer for the season.
The Knights leader helped his team recover from a shaky 2-7 to post 174 and eventually win by 53 runs after bowling Pomborneit out for 121.
“On last year’s form, I think we only made over 100 once or twice, so we were really happy to get those runs on the board,” Benallack said.
Angus Uwland had dangerous Bulls opener Dave Murphy out for one in the first two overs, and had the ball “whipping around” early on his way to 2-6 off six overs.
“Their top order bats like to go hard early, so just bowl good lines and lengths (was the plan),” Benallack said.
“We managed to get Dave Murphy out the second over, which was a big wicket for us.”
It was a good day for batsmen across SWC, with opener Tyler Schafer posting 84 in Mortlake’s four-wicket win over Terang, while Tyson Hay made 60 for the losing side.
Travis Brown smashed 86 for Heytesbury Rebels in its four-wicket in over Bookaar, while Pelicans opener Eddie Lucas made 42.
Ben Kenna put on a commanding 66 for Noorat as it also posted a four-wicket win, with captain Steven Fisher leading the way for the defeated Camperdown with 51.