IT was a Warrnambool-dominated opening two days at the Horsham Under-15 Country Week Carnvial, with Jack Clifford and Shannon Beks both scoring maiden centuries.
Jack was the hero of day one against Horsham Cricket Association, getting Warrnambool Blue out of serious trouble at 6-54 with an unbeaten 116. The cool-headed 15-year-old was on song from ball one, smashing a six to get off the mark.
"We've got a rule where if you drop a catch you pay a fine," Jack said.
"I dropped a catch off my own bowling and when I came out to bat, the first ball was there to hit, so I just went for it."
It was Jack's highest score, easily eclipsing his previous best of 69.
Earlier in the day, the Woodford youngster took 3-19 to help restrict Horsham to 8-105.
Yesterday belonged to Shannon, who opens the batting for Warrnambool Gold.
Shannon, who plays his cricket at Dennington, said the slow wicket at Dudley Cornell Park suited his game.
"I was able to pull anything slightly short," he said.
The strapping left-hander, 14, made 112 against Portland District Cricket Association after joint top-scoring with 37 against South West Cricket Association on Monday.
Corey Morgan was the best of the Wimmera players yesterday, with the Rup-Minyip all-rounder taking 5-51 and grinding out a hard-fought innings of 29 against Mt Gambier District Cricket Association at Dudley Cornell Park number two oval.