Two promoted sides opened their A Grade seasons with resounding victories at the weekend.
A Justtin Combe century saw Noradjuha-Toolondo beat Jung Tigers by seven wickets in the highest-scoring game of the opening round.
Opening the batting, Combe steered the Bullants towards the target of 201, finishing unbeaten on 111.
Combe, ever humble, said it was a good way to start the season, but was wary of cricket's fickle nature,
"What can you say, really. It was alright," he said. "Some days you make runs, and the next day you can go out, bat the same and make a duck."
Jung got off to a flier, playing in conditions favourable to batters on Dimboola Road Oval's synthetic pitch.
Opener David Puls led the charge, top-scoring with 80.
"If you got it through the infield you got value for your shots," Combe said.
"They batter pretty aggressively early, and we didn't bowl or field very well, so in the end, we probably chased a lot more than we needed to be chasing."
Samuel Leith (50) and Angus Adams (40*) played supporting roles, as the Tigers finished their innings only three wickets down.
"We didn't bowl too badly; everyone just seemed to bowl without luck. We probably dropped six, if not seven catches and misfielded a few," Combe said.
The Bullants were restricted early in their innings, with Jung's bowlers holding a tight line.
Combe lost partners Kent Hair (11) and Ben Anson (16), as the overs ticked away.
Jordan McDonald (18) provided some valuable runs before his dismissal ushered Josh Beddison to the crease
Beddison (28) and Combe re-grouped to see the Bullants over the line in the last over.
"We knew that we could take it to the last 10 overs with about 90 runs to go," Combe said.
"Nine runs an over was definitely possible, as long as everything went right. Obviously, with a bit of luck, everything did go right."
Fellow newcomer, Blackheath-Dimboola, recorded a 19-run victory against Laharum in a low-scoring affair.
Laharum made light work of the visitors' top order, leaving Blackheath-Dimboola reeling at 3-21.
Brodie Cramer and Elliot Braithwaite combined for what would be a crucial fourth-wicket partnership.
The pair piled on 97 runs, before Cramer (55) was stumped off the bowling of Damien Bunworth.
Braithwaite (41) didn't last much longer, his dismissal leaving his side 6-128.
The last four wickets would fall for just 10 runs.
Josh Mahoney and Cooper Tyler posted a 33-run opening stand, before both fell in quick succession.
Laharum's middle order took the game on but ultimately found themselves 7-85 after Robert Somers' three wickets in the middle overs.
Mal Adams (29*) offered some resistance, but could only see Laharum through to 119 before they were bowled out in the 29th over.
Elsewhere, Homers made a statement with a five-wicket win against the Horsham Saints.
Things looked dire for the Saints at 4-14, before Tim Bell (68) and Tony Cacciavello (43) combined for a 111-run partnership.
Some late fireworks from Josh Hedt (23*) saw the Saints finish their innings with 171 on the board.
Two early Jono Carroll wickets had Homers on the back foot at 2-11, before Adam Atwood and Craig Britten swung momentum back in Homers' favour.
Britten pounced on the Saints' inaccuracy, hitting nine boundaries before he was dismissed for 44, off just 29 balls.
Atwood (72) looked set to guide his side to victory before he fell to a moment of brilliance.
A Tony Caccaviello delivery caught Atwood's outside edge, where it was taken, one-handed, by a horizontal Tim Bell in the cordon.
Atwood's dismissal left Paddy Mills (23) and Marcus Williamson (16) to finish the game off.
Rup-Minyip beat Colts 47 runs, to complete the opening round.
Mark Mbofana (67) was the top scorer on his return to the Blue Panthers.
Chasing 209, a few cheap wickets placed the onus on Colts' middle order.
Brad Millar (29) offered some hope before his dismissal welcomed a lower-order collapse.
Adam Carter claimed figures of 3-1 off his two overs.
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