INFLUENTIAL performances from Russells Creek’s Cameron Williams, Isuru Yaddehige and Matthew Petherick have put it in a controlling position in its Warrnambool and District Cricket Association two-dayer against Dennington.
Yaddehige and Petherick were damaging with the ball early at Jetty Flat on Saturday taking 5-27 and 3-5 to restrict the Dogs to 76.
Russells Creek coach Jayaweera Bandara was proud of the effort his bowlers put in.
“It went really good bowling performance, our bowlers did really well in the morning,” he said.
“Matt bowled strongly and Isuru has been bowling well over the last few weeks.
“He is keeping the ball up and not bowling too short and he has had three five-wicket hauls in a row. It shows he is in good form and bowling in the right areas.”
Williams continued the Russells Creek domination by scoring his first ton for the club and in the WDCA division one competition.
Bandara commended the efforts of his top-scoring batsman, who made 105 before being caught by Zeb McCarthy off the bowling of Xavier Beks.
“Cam battered really well,” Bandara said. “They bowled short at him and he was able to make those final runs towards the century very easily by hitting a few sixes.
“He has had a few close 80s and 90s scores, so it's good to see him get his first century for the club and in Warrnambool District division one.
“The rest of our batters helped him out really well also, as we only lost three of our top order batsmen.
“We had been focusing on the partnerships. In two-day cricket you really need those big partnerships, so it was really good to see that happen on Saturday.”
Bandara has a clear plan of how he will attack day two next Saturday.
“We will try to get the full points and get them out again, that's the our plan,” he said.
“Especially now with only a few more two-dayers left all the top four are going to be tight towards the end of the season. So getting the maximum points would becomes vital.”
Russells Creek can now focus solely on the WDCA two-dayers, after being knocked out of the Sungold Twenty20 Cup on Sunday.
It was defeated by South West Cricket Association powerhouse Mortlake, falling three runs short of the Cats’ total of 115.
Bandara’s happiness quickly changed to sadness after his side bowed out of the inter-association tournament.
“In twenty20 one attack can get a hold of the game and today it just wasn't our day,” he said. “I am disappointed with the result, but we will now shift our focus back onto the two-dayers.”