A SENSATIONAL all-round performance from Gavin Young gave Rup-Minyip a five-wicket win over Lubeck-Murtoa at Murtoa Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Blue Panthers’ B Grade captain took 2-25 off eight overs and scored an unbeaten 61 as his side started their premiership defence positively.
Lubeck-Murtoa batted first and Graeme Reddie looked good until he fell to Darcy Cameron on 53.
Shaun Trotter, 26 was the only other Mudlarks batsman to reach 20 as they finished their 40 overs on 9-139.
Rup-Minyip had a stuttering start with the bat, losing Blake Young and Jack Boschen cheaply.
Darcy Cameron was impressive early in the innings on his way to 45, but it was Gavin Young and wicket keeper-batsman Gary Cameron who saw them home.
Horsham Saints made a winning start to the 2013-14 season against Jung Tigers at Dudley Cornell Park number two oval in Horsham.
The Tigers won the toss and elected to bat, but never got into a rhythm against a solid Saints bowling attack.
Mark Ferguson, 3-37, Xavier Chesterfield, 2-22, and Aiden Lawson, 2-27, were all on-song as Jung was dismissed for a moderate 144.
Brendan Bryan and Craig Klemm made light work of the chase, scoring 72 not out and 45 respectively, with the Saints finishing on 4-162.
Blackheath-Dimboola forfeited its match to Quantong.
The C Grade competition gets under way on Saturday.