APOLLO Bay’s young guns have stepped up to help the Sharks kick off the 2015-15 Colac district cricket season with a win against newcomer Birregurra.
Young bowlers Ezrah Robertson, 4-13, and Jacob McKenzie, 3-15, starred with the ball while Billey Bernet, 13 runs, was solid with the bat in the 98-run win in front of a big crowd at Birregurra Recreation Reserve.
“It was a really good start for us,” Apollo Bay co-captain Darren Gill said.
“Our young kids Ezrah and Jacob bowled fantastic, and Dale Boyd was a very good inclusion for us,” he said.
The Sharks got off to a solid start batting first, with Jack Pascoe, 26 runs, Matt Hanks, 19, and former Stoneyford cricketer Dale Boyd, 40, putting pressure on the Saints.
Rowan Harwood chipped in with 32 runs batting at number five as Apollo Bay went on to score 9-171.
Jason Schram was the pick of Birregurra’s bowlers with 4-18, while Jack Melican claimed 3-30.
“What was really good with our batting was that we had small partnerships the whole way through,” Gill said.
“Jack and Hanksy got us off to a really solid start then Boydy and Jack’s partnership together which was a really solid one,” he said.
Birregurra’s Peter Hanlon top scored with 21 in their team’s run chase, but he and Marcus Callahan, 13 runs, were the only Saints to reach double figures, before the Sharks bowled them out for 73.
“Birre dropped a few catches and that hurt them, and when they were batting we seemed to be able to get regular wickets and they couldn’t get any partnerships going,” Gill said.
“But I think they will be competitive, things just seemed to go our way on Saturday,” he said.