Tallarook has taken an early ascendency in the Seymour and District Cricket Association A-grade competition.
Played at Tallarook Recreation Reserve on Saturday, visiting Avenel won the toss and elected to bat.
That turned out to be a horribly wrong decision, as the home side dismantled their local rivals almost as soon as the visitors walked in to bat.
Avenel got off to a strong start with the opening partnership of Max Jones and Jarrod Smith making 23 without loss, before the wickets began to tumble.
Smith was the first of four Avenel batsmen dismissed off the bowling of William Dundon — caught for nine runs.
And number three Huw Jones was back in the pavilion before he realised what was going on, dismissed for a duck; again off Dundon’s bowling.
Avenel’s top four were out for a combined 37, and the visitors looked to be in danger of collapsing for less than 50.
But skipper Steve Donovan and Nathan Hrovatin put together a partnership of 24, before the captain was sent packing.
Avenel were all out for 85, having faced 36 overs.
Dundon’s 4/19 off nine overs made him the pick of Tallarook’s bowling attack; Andrew Dundon pitched in with two wickets of his own.
In response, after an early hiccup in the form of a Cameron Muir duck, it was smooth sailing for the home side.
Playing coach Jac Smith-Williams took charge, belting 63 not out, adding to the two catches he took in the field earlier; leading his side to victory.
Tallarook reached 3/86 after just 25 overs — the win putting Tallarook well and truly clear at the top of the SDCA ladder.
Max Lawrence grabbed two wickets for Avenel, finishing with respectable figures of 2/14 off six overs.
Eastern Hill v Broadford
In other SDCA results from the weekend Eastern Hill was cleaned up by Broadford.
Broadford opener Blair Hobba (54) and Liam Collier (43) did the damage in the first innings, allowing the visitors to reach 10/184 off 40 overs.
The chase was too much for Eastern Hill, who looked to be cruising towards the total until a mid-order collapse of 5/19 ruined that chance.
Broadford’s Taylor Shell did the damage with a huge 5/14 off just three overs.
Yea Tigers v Kilmore
In the other match of the round, the Yea Tigers were defeated at home by Kilmore.
The Tigers batted first and made a respectable 8/152 off the allocated 45 overs. Wicket-keeper Ryan Akers (38) and Cameron Armstrong (37) posted the highest totals for Yea.
Shane Topham was the pick of the Kilmore bowlers with figures of 5/29 at the end of the first innings.
In reply, Kilmore’s Jacob Walton (48*) and wicket-keeper Matthew Rose (36) kept the run rate ticking over for the visitors.
And with just three balls remaining in the match, the winning runs were hit to seal the game at 6/153.
Corey Malcolm was the home side’s best with the ball, recording 4/9 off his nine overs.