THE batsman friendly twenty20 format was flipped on its head in the first round of the Traralgon and District Cricket Association season, as bowlers had the better of it on slow wickets and outfields.
Toongabbie captured the first upset of the season by defeating the hyped up Imperials outfit.
Glengarry v Centrals
GLENGARRY elected to bat first and opened up with former Centrals star Jarrod Allan and Frank Marks.
After putting on 27 Allan was first out for 21.
Soon after Marks went for eight and Glengarry was in limbo at 2/30.
Ben Julin (33) and Hayden Ross-Schultz (37) added 54 to put Glengarry back in charge.
Marc Fenech and Corey Pollard each took two wickets to keep Glengarry to a competitive total of 6/114.
Centrals struggled from the outset and were never in the hunt, with only Mark Rawson reaching double figures to top score with 27.
Frank Marks (3/23) and Max Merton (2/13) were best for Glengarry.
Rovers v Churchill
CHURCHILL would not have been pleased with a total of 9/103 batting first.
Captain Nick Duncan top scored with 40 while Ricky Velardi made 17.
Todd Mann and Mark Thompson claimed a pair of wickets apiece, before the former set up the Rovers run chase with a solid 42.
Young Stefan Sbaglia made 23 while Dean Gillard was 26* as Rovers cruised to 4/107.
Ex Students v Gormandale
LAST year’s grand finalists set about their 2014/15 season sporting new look squads, with Ex Students containing six new faces and Gormandale five.
The Sharks gained the early advantage by winning the toss and electing to bat.
Greg Munro and Jackson McMahon put on 43 before the latter went for 9.
Jordy Gilmour (22), Ric Battista (22) both contributed, but is was Munro in super form who did the damage with a stylish 44 to take the Sharks to a strong total of 7/114.
Shaun Barbour and Kent Hammond struck twice each for the Tigers.
The premier came out swinging, apparently after the runs in 10 overs and never looked in control.
While getting close enough, a top score of 18 to Kent Hammond was never going to win the game.
Needing 14 off the last over Ex Students held firm as Gormandale finished on 8/107.
Jimmy Pryde took 3/18 while Adam Jaensch managed 3/15.
Imperials v Toongabbie
THE highly anticipated look at Imperials’ new lineup turned into a fizzer as they bombed out in a ordinary batting display.
Only Nathan Campbell, who top scored with 29, reached double figures followed by 20 in the extras column to push Imperials to 95 all out.
In a stunning display Toongabbie keeper Roger Farley achieved an incredible four stumpings and a catch.
Rob Wheildon and Matt Golding both took three wickets.
Seemingly cruising at 0/62 the Rams were on track for a upset victory.
However panic set in as Imps took 7/15 and the Gabbie was in trouble at 7/77 still needing 18 to win.
Skipper Matt Golding held his nerve and guided his side to victory with 21*.
Rob Wheildon with 26 and Josh Sandy (28) helped the cause in a dramatic win.
Brad Sizeland with 3/18 was best for Imperials.
CATS v Raiders
CATS batted first and scored an even 100 on a slow outfield.
Rory Hare top scored with 25, while Michael Bloomfield with 18 was next best.
Alex Lawson and Ross Whelpdale took two wickets each as Raiders cruised to victory by eight wickets.
Jason Macfarlane top scored with 46* while Chris Stanlake was 29*.
Centrals 7/104(cc) (B Howlett 40) def by Glengarry 5/112 (ZT Gray 2/15); Toongabbie 106 (G White 27, A Johnstone 3/8) def by Imperials 3/152(cc) (R Williams 80* J Pearce 25); Churchill 3/102 (C Flanigan 43, ML Harvey 36*) def Rovers 8/79(cc) (S Warr 3/15, M Allan 2/12); Gormandale 8/67(cc) (T Kosterman 2/3, D Jones 2/7) def by Ex Students 3/135(cc) (D Caulfield 39*, M Robertson 33, N Heard 2/20); Yinnar Raiders 9/69(cc) (Z O’Connell 33, AT Wilhelm 3/11, L Bence 2/8) def by CATS 5/73(dec) (L Bence 28, Z O’Connell 5/16)