Champion cricketer Murray Goodwin showed once again that age is no barrier to success as he lifted his side Colts to a grand-final rematch win over Hay Park in the first round of the 2016/17 Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association season.
The 2015/16 premiership winning Hay Park Redbacks were sent into bat and posted 7/192 from 45 overs with Kris Miller (74) top scoring. The devastating number five smashed eight boundaries and three 6s in his 72 ball performance.
During the chase, Goodwin, a 43-year-old who played 19 tests and 71 one day internationals for Zimbabwe, joined his son Jayden at the crease with the Colts score on 1/29.
He then unleashed a barrage of boundaries to race to his half-century. A hiccup saw father run-out son with Jayden on 35 but Murray continued his onslaught to finish 94 not out as Colts reached the target for the fall of three wickets.
Leschenault stamped their intentions to be a threat this year with a commanding win over Dalyellup Beach. The Green Caps were sent in to bat by the Settlers and notched an impressive 6/213.
All-rounder Rodney Shemeld (71) was in fine form before being stumped and was aided by Logan Hay (28), Thomas Buchanan (25), Kurt D’Agostino (25) and Brody D’Agostino (24).
Dalyellup toiled hard in the field with Ben Cooper best with the ball captured 2/34 from nine overs.
In reply, the Settlers were sent packing for 98 with Shemeld carrying on his impressive batting exploits with the ball to pick up 4/31 from eight overs.
Daniel Lomax was the best for Dalyellup with the bat, posting 25 but regular wickets meant the Settlers were never in the hunt.
Eaton also captured their first points of the new season with a good win over Marist.
Bowling first, the Beavers had Marist opener Chris Laker back in the shed with a second ball duck. When fellow opener Sam Roots and number three Ben Beauglehole joined him soon after, Marist were in real trouble at 3/3.
Stanley Hunwick (39), Harry Creasey (37) and Cory Fitt (25) dug deep to post a competitive 6/120 from 30 overs.
Eaton reached the target with five wickets in hand thanks to Don Seaman (50) and a-run-a-ball 44 not out from Arron Quartermaine.
Rhys Herring showed some promise with the ball capturing two wickets for Marist in three overs.
This Saturday in the A grade competition, Marist take on Leschenault, Hay Park play Eaton and Colts will host Dalyellup Beach.