Portland skipper Ethan Williams was full of praise for his teammates after they pulled off their first win of under 17 country week.
The team, made up of a majority of Portland and Port Fairy players, outlasted Colac by 28 runs at J.D.E Walter Oval on Wednesday.
"It's always nice to get a good win, everyone enjoys winning," Williams said. "We usually get one win a year, and it keeps us going. Being the Wednesday, it's a good boost for the week."
Williams, captaining alongside Kyle Parsons, was impressed with what he had seen in four rounds of play.
"It's good to see guys like Kaden Wilson doing really well, he's been good with the ball," Williams said of Wilson's nine wickets this week.
"Blokes likes Elwood (Geary) from Casterton, we picked him up from the Western Waves; he's an elite fast bowler. And Eamon Dempsey and Jordan Cashin, they've played for us before and been really good."
Individually, Williams enjoyed his best game of the week during Wednesday's match.
With Colac electing to bat first, Williams led an assault on its middle order to finish with figures of 4-16 from six overs, including two maidens. He cleaned-bowled all four batters, before taking a catch and aiding a runout in the field.
"I'm a bit of a batter-keeper, but they threw me in the bowling today and I took a cheeky four-for. I can bowl some handy off-spin," Williams said.
Chasing a total of 120, Portland's start with the bat was shaky, though Geary (37 from 43) and Williams (22 from 38) steadied the ship to get the side within reach of triple digits.
Williams said it was a tough wicket to play on.
"I was chipping it around and working with the gaps," he said. "I was starting to feel real comfortable, until that one, there is always one that's kept low and it beat me."
Portland's lower order, anchored by Cashin (14) then went on secure the win.
Residing in Portland, Williams has been plying his trade with Port Fairy Pirates' under 17 side this season while continuing with his home club's B grade team.
He said he made it a priority to enjoy his cricket during this year's Warrnambool under 17 country week.
"You've got your Warrnambool teams, they're good and have their try-outs," he said. "But for us we struggled to get a team this year, but we managed to whip something up.
"We enjoy the challenge and we're playing a better quality cricket. And we meet new people; I was talking to the Colac blokes when I was out there having a bat."
Round four results saw Warrnambool Blue and Warrnambool Gold both suffer its first loss of the week against Wimmera Mallee and Horsham.
Blue fell 56 runs short of victory while Gold came within 13 runs of Horsham. Hamilton also celebrated a maiden win, beating South West by 155 runs, with Henry Bensch and Tyler Ellis scoring half centuries.
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