Former England international Savin Perera made a huge statement during his first outing in Colac district cricket.
Perera, who represented England in last year’s under-19 World Cup, single-handedly guided reigning premier Stoneyford to a round one victory against Colac West on the weekend.
The all-rounder was the only player to impact the match with the bat, scoring a measured 55 from 111 balls to lead the Maroon Caps to a defendable total of 161.
Perera then turned the match on its head with the ball, claiming astonishing figures of 7-5 from 8.2 overs to skittle West for just 52.
His figures were the best in Colac district cricket since former Stoneyford gun Levi Dare took 8-66 in a two-day match against Apollo Bay in 2014.
Maroon Caps skipper Dom Dare said boom recruit Perera excelled with bat in hand in “pretty tough conditions” at Irrewarra, West’s temporary home in season 2019-20, while he surprised club officials with his off breaks.
“He was really impressive, we couldn’t have asked for a better start really,” he said.
“They were pretty tough conditions at Irrewarra, the ground was slow, and he looked really solid.
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