A BREAKTHROUGH century from
Chris Hanlon gave Barron River
their first victory of the season, against Southern Cyclones at Crathern Park on Saturday.
His unbeaten 101 was a welcome return to form, following a pair against Rovers last round and a score of two in his only other two-day innings this season.
The classy knock meant River coasted to the points with five wickets in hand.
But it was not as cruisy as the differential suggested, with the technically-sound Hanlon arriving at the wicket with the score at a precarious 2-24 – a situation that quickly took a turn for the worse at 3-30.
He and talented keeper-batsman Conor Harnischfeger (49) put on 100 to get them within reach of Cyclones’ 167 and they lost just one more wicket before declaring at 5-204.
‘‘He has a solid technique and a good mental approach, and it was a pretty good knock given he came in with the side in a bit of trouble,’’ Barron all-rounder Dan Weston said.
‘‘He showed he could score runs with a good half century against Mulgrave last season, so there was no doubt he could do it.’’
Their first win has breathed some hope into a season that looked lost following a string of disappointing results in 2012.
The one-day competition starts this weekend and points from that count towards the two-day standings.
‘‘We had hoped to have more wins at this stage of the season, but with one-dayers coming up, nothing is really locked in,’’ Weston said.
Barron will be looking to show their wares in the shorter form of the game.
‘‘We are slowly getting a team together and we’re going to need to be a good one-day team if we want to push our way up the ladder.’’
With Jon Chisholm back in the line-up, they now boast another capable bowler to go with the economical Weston and Anthony Palmer.
‘‘We have batsmen and bowlers who can attack and restrict,’’ Weston said.
‘‘We have United in the first round so that will be a good test for us.’’
The win keeps Barron River in touch with Rovers, Southern Cyclones and Norths, who have two wins.
Atherton, who notched their third win, and Mulgrave are now level with United after marching to their fourth victory of the season.
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Welcome form: Chris Hanlon bounced back into form with an unbeaten 101 that helped Barron to its first win of the season.