A century from Dilan Chandima helped Sunbury United to an easy win against Woodend in the opening round of the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup.
Chandima made 143 not out off 100 balls as United made 3-289 from their 40 overs on Saturday.
Woodend lost wickets too frequently in its run chase and fell well short, finishing 9-125.
Skipper Warren Else top scored with 30.
Amrit Sandhu took 4-14 off eight overs for United.
Bacchus Marsh’s Alex Porter also opened the season with a century as the Bulls beat East Sunbury.
The Bulls made 210 with Porter making nearly half of those runs, making 103.
Nathan Dent took 3-38 for the Thunder.
In their first game in the top division, the Thunder started well in the run chase but couldn’t maintain it.
They finished 8-142. Opener Steve Grey made 31 at the top of the order.
Jared Taylor took 4-25 for the Bulls.
Romsey also started the season with a win, beating Diggers Rest Bulla comfortably.
The Redbacks made 167 with skipper Ben Way top scoring with 57.
Harry Wilson took three wickets for the Burras.
The Burras struggled with the bat and could only manage to get 9-74.
Only two players hit double figures with Blake Robinson making 23.
Taylor Stevenson took 3-7 for Romsey.
Gisborne had the bye.
In the Johnstone Shield, Riddell fell just short against Bacchus Marsh.
The Bulls made 138 with Brett McGrath top scoring with 49.
Jarryd Stancombe took 3-26 for the Bombers.
The Bombers were looking good at 4-103 before losing the last six wickets for just 26 to be all out 129.
Samuel Dempsey top scored with 49, with Tim Ovenden taking three wickets for the Bulls.
Gisborne had a solid win against St Anthony’s.
The Dragons made 123 as they were bowled out in the last over.
Opener Aiden Beard top scored with 37.
Gavin Boon took five wickets for the Saints.
St Anthonys was bowled out for 109 with just three players reaching double figures.
Paul Scott top scored with 46.
The Sunbury Kangaroos did it with ease against Sunbury United.
United made 8-148 with Nathan Bridgland making 30.
Jas King, Ryan Pretty and Geoff Edwards took two wickets each.
King (66) and Pretty (50 not out) combined to guide the Kangaroos almost to victory. The job got done, as they finished 2-151.
Rupertswood also started the season on the winners list beating Wallan.
Rupo made 164 from their overs with 55 from Max Howell.
Ryan Bonner took three wickets for the Magpies.
Rupo then restricted Wallan to 9-105.
Recruit Keegan Guy took 3-25 for Rupertswood.