JARROD Burns has made a cracking start to the 2013-14 campaign.
The top-order bat continued his form for his new club, Mt Clear, on Saturday with a second big score in as many matches.
Burns, who has rejoined the Ballarat Cricket Association after a season with Amphitheatre, made an important 84 at number five as the Mounties posted a strong total against back-to-back grand finalist Napoleons-Sebastopol.
The innings backed up the former North Ballarat club firsts captain’s century against East Ballarat last weekend.
Burns arrived at the crease with his side at 3-76 and controlled the scoring before he was dismissed, with the visitors 7-208.
After skipper Nathan Yates (34) and Shaun Coffey (29) got things rolling early in the day, Burns’ knock set the platform for a late charge. Paull Jeffrey, in his 300th club game, made 26 down the order, while Matt Ward (25) and Ash George (38) hit important scores before stumps to help the Mounties reach 9-270.
Opening bat Les Sandwith made just six against his former club, dismissed by quick Brendan Thomson, who overcame an ankle injury to take his place in the starting line-up.
Thomson, who sustained the injury early in last weekend’s clash with Ballarat-Redan, was one of the standout bowlers for the hosts, snaring 3-52 off 18 overs.
Luke Corden also grabbed 3-28 to help keep a lid on the Mounties’ scoring rate.