REIGNING West Wimmera premiers Rainbow knocked off neighbours Jeparit by 124 runs at home on Saturday.
It was a Brett Jensz, 92, and Heath Clugston, 62, inspired victory, with the pair putting on 99 runs for the second wicket.
Jensz fell eight runs short of his second ton after giving a return catch to Trevor James, but was delighted either way.
“I gave a couple of chances early but they were both pretty tough ones,” he said.
Jensz said it was good to get some runs on the board early and enjoyed batting alongside star all-rounder Heath Clugston, who made 62.
“I think it’s nearly the first time we’ve had a decent partnership together because one of us usually gets out early,” he said.
Tom Crowhurst, 2-49, was the pick of Jeparit’s bowlers, with James and Keller each picking up a wicket.
Jeparit never looked in the hunt, with danger man Adrian King dismissed for 22.
Tight bowling and lack of intent took its toll as the visitors finished a disappointing innings on 6-92.
Left-arm paceman Nathan Cocks, 2-9 off six overs, and Jacob Cocks, 2-8 off three overs, were at their dominant best.
An unbeaten 74 from Shaun Smith was the catalyst for Nhill’s opening round win over Winiam at Davis Park.
Smith and Geordy Wood, 25 not out, helped reel in Winiam’s less than impressive total of 9-121 with ease.
The pair put on an unbeaten 80-run stand, with Wood also starring with the ball after taking 3-27.
James Philip, 2-16, was another solid performer, while Shanon Launer, 48, fought gallantly for Winiam.