Royals skipper leads with ton

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Royals Cricket Club's newly appointed captain Mitch Green made 114 in the first game on the weekend.
Camera IconRoyals Cricket Club's newly appointed captain Mitch Green made 114 in the first game on the weekend. Credit: Laurie Benson

New Royals captain Mitch Green made a big statement as he whacked a terrific century against Mt Barker at Sounness Park last Saturday.

The two sides met in last season’s elimination final, in which the Lions lost but the visitors batted first and set a huge total of 3-269.

Mt Barker lost their lead bowler from last season in Jacob Wintle but their bowling unit could not stop the flow of Royals’ consistent runs.

Green, who was the leading run scorer from last season, wasted no time this season as he blasted his way to 114. Green and fellow opener Digby Nuthall had Royals cruising as they put on an 82-run opening stand.

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Green continued to build as vice-captain Matt Wolfe joined him in a 78-run partnership. Green brought up his 100 in impressive fashion smashing two sixes before smacking a four to take him to triple figures.

Green hit 13 fours and two sixes in his innings.

When Green was dismissed at 3-188, Ted Batchelor and Dylan Holt continued the run feast.

Batchelor finished on 49 not out and Holt was unbeaten on 35 as the Lions surpassed 250 in the season opener. Holt was the star with the ball, taking four wickets as the Bulls’ innings never got going.

The home side were at 2-71 before losing two quick wickets.

They made their way to 6-153 before the Lions bowlers finished things off to secure a bonus point win.

Luke Hammond top scored with 41 as the Bulls were bowled out for 182 in reply, losing by 87 runs.

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