Tallarook currently sits on top
A dominant 80 from playing coach Jac Smith-Williams has guided Tallarook to a 24-run win against Broadford.
With only two other players making it past 20, and no one else past 25, Smith-Williams was the hero for his side, setting up a defendable total before Will Dundon and Lachlan Watts combined for seven wickets.
Just to finish the match off, Smith-Williams also took a wicket.
Winning the toss and batting, Tallarook was struggling from the early stages.
With only eight on the board for the game, Dan Fisher found himself back in the sheds, leaving Luke Marshall at the crease to be joined by SmithWilliams.
The coach took control of the innings, dominating the attack while Marshall made his contribution.
With the score on 86, the players pushed their luck a bit too far, with Marshall run out for 22.
Joined by Leigh Irving, Smith Williams continued to score freely, departing for 80 with the team sitting comfortably at 3-132.
Irving would make 19, while Cam Muir would contribute 21.
Unfortunately, that was about all from the lower order.
Smith-Williams said his team believed they were roughly 30 runs short of where they wanted to be.
‘‘We got to about the 35 over mark and thought we were in a good position to go on with it,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately we lost a few late wickets and didn’t get the score that we wanted.
‘‘We went into the game with two seamers and four spinners, so we knew that we needed to give ourselves as many runs on the board as we could to set up the game, and we probably didn’t do that.’’
In the end, it wouldn’t make a huge difference to the game, with Dundon and Watts ripping through the Broadford order.
‘‘We had a fantastic performance out of our bowlers,’’ he said.
‘‘We were able to get the seven wickets out of those two, as well as share the remaining wickets around with the bowlers so we all had made a contribution.’’
Smith-Williams said his team were ecstatic with the result.
‘‘It was one of the better wins we have had this season,’’ he said.
‘‘With the quality of our competition, it is really important to be getting the wins at this stage of the year.’’
Those wins see Tallarook in top spot on the competition table.
‘‘This is the most even I can remember the competition being, so getting early wins and setting our season up is really important for us as the year goes forward,’’ he said.
‘‘We are hoping to keep in this form as we get towards Christmas so we hopefully have our team in a good position for the back half of the year.’’
Turn to page 31 for more on the weekend’s A-grade action.