NESTLES is preparing to face fellow undefeated side Wesley Yambuk brimming with confidence after surprising flag fancy Russells Creek on Saturday.
Geoff Williams' three wickets helped give the older brother bragging rights over younger sibling Cam as the Factory celebrated a seven-run win at Jones Oval.
Nestles defended 128 with Geoff finishing with 3-20 off nine overs.
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Factory coach Alex Strauch, who was forced to retire hurt when batting after injuring his calf, said the former skipper was crucial.
He also opened the batting, making 22.
"He always finds something a bit extra against Creek and it's a good thing to have up our sleeve," Strauch said.
"They are the benchmark of the league so any little advantage or extra motivation we can get always helps and we've actually got a pretty good record against them the last few years.
"As they say in footy you don't win flags in round two but every little bit counts for morale and motivation."
Lachie O'Neill (34) and new skipper Jacob Hetherington (32) were the pick of Nestles' batsmen while Shashan Silva (61) gave Creek every chance of winning.
Strauch said the Factory backed its bowling attack which was justified.
"We have a lot of faith in our bowling, given our batting form last year, it's probably how we're going to set up in a lot of games - get something on the board and back ourselves into defend it."
The coach expects to be sidelined in coming weeks, starting against Wesley Yambuk in round three.
"I was batting and I initially said no but the guy misfielded so I took off for a run and have done what at the moment feels like pretty serious calf damage," he said.
"It's an old-man injury as they say which could not be more apt."
Wesley Yambuk coach Jason Mungean was "super happy" with his side's six-wicket win against Allansford-Panmure.
But batsman Joe Higgins, who top-scored with 55 not out, is likely to miss against Nestles due to a wedding.
"We lost an early wicket and 'Norm' (Zavier Mungean) and Bevan Stokie put on a good partnership and then Bevan did a hamstring and threw his wicket away late," Mungean said.
"We weren't in trouble but Joe came in and steadied the ship and batted really well with Nick Blacker at the end and got us over the line.
"He turned the strike over really well, ran the ones and when needed he found a boundary. It was a class act to be honest."
Mungean was thrilled with the Beavers' bowling efforts.
"Archie Bolden came up from the twos and bowled seven overs for six or seven runs," he said.
"We kept the pressure on them and to keep them to 145 I thought was a pretty good effort."
The first-year coach said the Beavers' flying start was positive for morale.
"No one really gave us a chance to win many games this year and to be 2-0, we're ecstatic," he said.
"But it's only the start of the year so it's all about where we finish."
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