GUS Bourke hopes his impressive 97 is a stepping stone towards a South West Cricket division one century.
The Noorat batsman was a match-winner against Cobden on Saturday, making a quickfire 97 off 94 balls in the four-wicket win.
Cobden, thanks to a 64 down the order from Michael Pegg, set 8-213.
But Bourke's efforts were enough to reel the total in.
"I got dropped on about 70-something so any runs after that were a bonus," he said. "Twenty balls in the pitch flattened out a bit for me and I started hitting them pretty well."
Bourke believes he can build on the momentum.
"This year I kept getting to 45 and 46 and going out so it is good to get over that little hump," he said.
"The next milestone will be 100 if I can get there again."
The win improved the side's win-loss record to 5-1.
"They batted pretty well and it was a quick outfield so they made a good score," Bourke said.
"Somehow we chased it down which was pretty good for Noorat; we didn't fall in a hole or anything."
Bourke praised Dave Conheady and Jake Fishwick, who both made 35, for their efforts at the top of the order.
"Fishwick is pretty entertaining to watch, he went out there and just started hitting them around," he said. "It is pretty fun at the club at the moment."
Heytesbury Rebels' steep climb from winless cellar-dweller last season to flag contender is gathering momentum.
The Rebels overcame two-time reigning premier Pomborneit - in Dave Murphy's 300th game - on Saturday.
Coach Simon Harkness (56) and Tom Hunt (65) put on a 114-run first-wicket stand as the Rebels posted 8-197.
Perennial finalist Mortlake disposed of Bookaar.
An even bowling spread, including 3-20 from captain Todd Robertson, was crucial in the seven-wicket win.
The Pelicans were restricted to just 90 with an unbeaten 45 from Jack Lehmann allowing the Cats to declare in just 33 overs.
Simpson scored a 19-run win against Camperdown. Steve Fisher took four wickets for the Lakers in defeat while teammate Harry Sumner was tidy with 0-8 off seven overs.
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