A BREAKTHROUGH 167-run knock from Dom Dare has continued Stoneyford’s unbeaten run in Colac district cricket this season.
The young wicketkeeper-batsman was at the crease from the start of the Maroon Caps’ innings to their conclusion as his side set City United a healthy 4-251 at Eastern Reserve.
City threatened in its run chase following a solid start from openers Sam Cadinal, 73 runs, and Shane Currie, 39, but its middle-order failed to fire.
The home side was restricted to 8-206 from its 45 overs, with the result handing Stoneyford its third win on the trot.
Maroon Caps skipper Levi Dare said his youngest brother’s maiden top-grade century was a measured performance.
An in-form Joe Dare was dismissed on his first ball by Currie, who took three wickets, but Dom Dare had support from Levi, 30 runs, Jack Sherman, 30, and Matt Boyd, 17 not out.
“He batted quite sensibly, especially his first 50 runs, he was quite smart.
“But he went from 50 to 150 very quick. He was pretty happy because he knocked off mine and Joe’s top scores in the one day.”
Dare said Stoneyford’s bowling division was required to work hard for the win after United skipper Cardinal and Currie looked ominous early.
City’s strong form early in its dig forced Levi Dare to hand the ball to Joe Dare for the first time this season.
The reigning Bill Johnston medallist, who is restricted after undergoing knee surgery, bowled 10 overs of off-spin and teamed up with youngster Jesse Williamson to get the match back in the Maroon Caps’ favour.
Dare took the vital wicket of Cardinal on his way to two scalps, while Williamson also chimed in with two.
“They came out swinging and got off to a good start,” Levi Dare said.
“Sam got 73 and Currie made 39, they were about 0-80 before we got Currie, and they were only one wicket down at drinks.
“But after drinks we started taking wickets, we were fairly undermanned because we had quite a few guys out.
“Joe actually bowled 10 overs of off-spin, I had to bowl him because it looked like they were going to chase the runs down.”