A smart century by stroke maker Dale Boyd has put Stoneyford in a strong position after day one of its crucial two-day match against City United.
Boyd, dropping down the order to number six, made a timely return to form with a vital 106 as the Maroon Caps posted 9-266 at Pirron Yallock Recreation Reserve on Sunday.
On a batsmen-dominated day of Colac district cricket, Boyd was the only top grade player to reach three figures as Stoneyford began its post-Christmas recovery mission.
Stoneyford was 4-85 with the day delicately poised when Boyd came to the crease, but he and number five Nathan McNamara, 45, took control of the match within two hours.
The two shared in a 146-run stand that put Stoneyford on the verge of its third victory of the season.
Boyd’s effort moved Stoneyford captain Grant Brauer to say “that is by far and away the best innings I’ve seen Dale ever play”.
Brauer described the innings as “intelligent”, “technically sound” and “a joy to watch”, and revealed Boyd batted through a back injury sustained at work on Friday.
Brauer said he was comfortable with Stoneyford being 4-85 after Matt Boyd, 26, and Justin Mooney, 35, laid the innings foundation.
City United cleaned up the Stoneyford tail cheaply with Leigh Garner picking up 3-25 off 11 tidy overs.
In other matches, Alvie is on the verge of inflicting Irrewarra’s first defeat of the season, setting the Black Caps 270 for victory.
Luke McLennan top scored with a classy 91 and shared in a 95-run stand with opener Justin McGuane, 54.
Warrion made the most of an under-strength Apollo Bay side to post 331 at home thanks to a powerful middle order.
And a wagging tail helped Colac set Deans Marsh 143 for victory at Eastern Reserve after it slumped to 6-80 at tea.