The basics from day one, round one action in the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts
EAST BALLARAT 181 v MT CLEAR 1/45
Nathan Yates made an emphatic start back in BCA ranks, taking 3-31 against the team he used to captain and coach.
It was almost a fairytale return for Yates - and his new club Mt Clear - taking three wickets off four balls at Russell Square 2.
He nabbed the first off the final delivery in his fourth over and the next two in a double-wicket maiden.
A dot ball split his potential hattrick.
Back after two years in Geelong cricket, Yates also made a solid start with the bat with an unbeaten 21 runs.
Yates opened the batting with new Mountie Les Sandwith, a former Naps-Sebas batsman who joined the club via a stint in Geelong.
East opener Carl Haseloff top-scored with 53 runs (11 fours) while new Hawks recruit Shane Gray, from district club Lucas, proved handy at number eight with an unbeaten 37 runs.
NORTH BALLARAT 9/319 v CORONET CITY
North Ballarat captain Bobby Hind has posted a massive unbeaten 137 runs on day one at Wendouree West.
Hind has set his team up with a formidable 319 runs for Coronet City to chase next week.
The Roosters skipper made his move in a 62-run fourth-wicket partnership with Leigh Lorenzen and 89 runs by the fifth wicket with veteran Scott Wright.
Ash McCafferty, batting ninth, also impressed with 40 runs.
*Coronet City bowling scores are not supplied.
DARLEY v BROWN HILL 7/267
Young Bulls' top-order bat Jack James made a strong start to the season with 92 runs at Darley Park.
Bulls' skipper Jason Knowles (38 runs), Nick Hyden (about 40 runs) and Nathan Edwards (37 runs) also reinforced order.
Darley confirmed early via social media that yes, former Australian fast bowler Shane Harwood, had arrived on Lion turf.
Harwood made a start with the bat, but Bulls' batting scores are not supplied.
Darley debutant Hayden Jamieson was the toast of the Lions, taking 4-44 off 12 overs.
NAPOLEONS-SEBASTOPOL 239 v BALLARAT-REDAN
Naps middle-order bat Luke Corden built 128 runs (2 sixes, 2 fours) off 168 balls at Napoleons
Corden made the bulk of his haul in a 163-run fifth-wicket stand with Ben Trew, who reach 57 runs off 133 balls.
Ballarat-Redan bowling was tight - four Naps batsmen were dismissed for a duck.
Combine's Toby Hutt took 3-38 off 14 overs, while Chris Egan took 3-50 off 19.3 overs.
WENDOUREE 216 v GOLDEN POINT
Wendouree opened its title defence with 216 runs, all out in the 78th over, against Golden Point at Wendouree 2.
Point's English recruit Jack Stanier captured five wickets on debut.
Red Cap Liam Brady reached a half-century.
*Scores not supplied.