COLTS captain Brad Millar credited opening batsman Nathan Emmerson for his match-winning century against Laharum at the weekend.
Miller said the 20-year-old, who scored a stellar 108 that included 13 boundaries and a six, was a player on the rise and he expected big things from him in 2013-14.
“He opens our batting each week, sees off the new ball and I can’t speak highly enough about him,” he said.
“That’s his second A Grade hundred and his head is right for a big season.”
It was a run-fest at Dudley Cornell Park on Saturday, with 465 runs scored.
Laharum batted first and blasted its way to 5-229 because of a brilliant 147-run stand between Damien Bunworth, 105 not out, and Glenn Doyle, 64, with the pair hitting 17 fours and seven sixes between them.
Paceman Liam Jakobi was Colts’ best with the ball, taking 2-27.
But Colts broke through for its first win since round four last season after an impressive batting performance.
Emmerson was assisted by his skipper Millar, 59, with the duo putting on a century partnership for the fourth wicket.
Both players fell in quick succession before veteran Dean Arnott, 26 not out, and Jakobi, 11 not out, got their side home with three wickets in hand and one over to spare.
The winless Mountain Men are now languishing at the bottom of the ladder after a third straight defeat.
At the other end of the ladder, Blackheath-Dimboola continued its solid start to the season with a seven-wicket win over Jung Tigers.
In a low-scoring affair at Dimboola Recreation Reserve, the Tigers were skittled for 100 after three-wicket hauls from Ash Avery, 3-22, and Chris Ross, 3-34.
Lachlan Watts led the way in the Bulls’ comfortable run chase, scoring an unbeaten 55.
Homers also kept its unbeaten run alive, disposing of Noradjuha-Toolondo with ease at Sunnyside.
Simon Hopper finished with sensational figures of 4-2 as the Pigeons tore through the Bullants for just 93 runs.
Homers captain Lachie Jones continued his blistering form with the bat, top-scoring with 44 as his side got over the line with four wickets in hand.
Ben Sawyer’s five-wicket haul was not enough for Horsham Saints to beat Rup-Minyip at Minyip Recreation Reserve.
The Blue Panthers batted first and made 8-143, with Leigh Funcke, 52, and Craig Morgan, 40, among the runs.
Sawyer ripped through the middle order on his way to 5-24.
But the Saints did not have such luck with the bat, getting dismissed 13 runs short of their target.
HORSHAM Cricket Association has selected its 20-man squad for the KFC Twenty20 Festival of Cricket in Hamilton on November 2-3.
Homers all-rounder Chris Hopper will skipper the side.
All eight A Grade sides are represented, with reigning premier Homers having the biggest contingent with six players.
The side will play three Twenty20 matches on November 2.
It kicks off against Warrnambool and District Cricket Association at 9.30am, before a match against South West Cricket Association at 1.30pm and Hamilton District Cricket Association at 5pm.
All three of Horsham’s matches will be at Clem Young Oval.
The final is on November 3 at Melville Oval.
Horsham Cricket Association squad: Captain Chris Hopper, Lachie Jones, Siphe Mzaidume, Craig Britten, Simon Hopper, Adam Atwood, Homers; Damien Bunworth, Ben Peucker, Laharum; Thilan Kariyawasam, Horsham Saints; Josh Colbert, Mathew Combe, Justtin Combe, Noradjuha-Toolondo; Lachie Watts, Travis Hair, Oliver Young, Harry Young, Blackheath-Dimboola; Brent Hudson, Rup-Minyip; Angus Adams, Nathan Neumann, Jung Tigers; Brad Millar, Colts.