By Tricia Mifsud

ROMSEY Cricket Club has started its McIntyre Cup season with two straight wins following its 35-run victory against East Sunbury on Saturday.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first at John McMahon Reserve, Romsey struggled to create any strong batting partnerships, with Aaron Paterson’s 20 runs at number eight the highest individual contributions to Romsey’s 120 total.

Three other players only managed double figures with bat, including Sean Day (17), William Collins (16), and Taylor Stevenson (11).

Romsey Cricket Club president Michael Richardson said moving forward, the club would continue to work on its batting in the hope its players could accumulate larger individual and partnership scores.

“We were hoping to score a few more runs, we just got little partnerships but we bowled and fielded really well, which was enough to get the win,” Richardson said.

“Going forward, we need to focus on batting and need a bit more consistency. It’ll be put up to the test against Bacchus Marsh this weekend.

“We’ve got a lot of good batsmen; we just need to work on those partnerships.”

With the innings over in the 41st over, Romsey took to the field and had no problem defending its low total.

East Sunbury was also restricted to only three of its players hitting double figures: Joshua Taylor (21), Lachlan Wilkins (11) and Evan Wilkins (10).

With the ball, Jamie Taylor was Romsey’s most impressive, taking 3/22. Darin Jewell and Taylor Stevenson also helped keeping East Sunbury to 85 runs with their respective 2/15 and 2/13 performances.

“Jamie and Darin are bowling really tightly and only going at two an over or so. Jamie is now three and three [wickets taken] and Darin two and two in their first two games,” Richardson said.

“Overall though it was the best team effort which helped restrict East Sunbury to their low score.”

Richardson also commended the outstanding batting efforts of duo Adam Frost and Matthew Hoyt, who combined with 125* and 73* respectively to thrash East Sunbury by 142 runs in the Johnstone Shield.

“In our seconds we had Adam and Matthew combined for 185 runs and we think that this will create some good pressure this week when they come up against Bacchus Marsh as well,” he said.

In other McIntyre Cup games, Wallan joined Romsey and Sunbury United with two wins for the season following its 99-run win against Sunbury Kangaroos.

Kieran Atkin’s 76 and Reuben Rode’s unbeaten 56 were Wallan’s batting best, while Rode was exceptional in ensuring Sunbury’s batters were unable to get going, taking 4/21.

Round four in the McIntyre Cup will see Romsey host Bacchus Marsh and Wallan host Rupertswood both on Saturday from 12.30pm.