MT CLEAR remains untroubled after the first two rounds of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts season following a comfortable victory over back-to-back grand finalists Napoleons-Sebastopol.
The Mounties enhanced their billing as genuine premiership contenders with a comfortable 120-run triumph at Napoleons on Saturday.
Mt Clear’s day one total of 9-270 never looked under threat as skipper Nathan Yates (3-25) and spinner Ash George (4-25) did the bulk of the damage with the ball.
Naps-Sebas had a host of batsmen get starts, but none could manage a big score with the home side bowled out for 150 late in the day. Yates, who led the Mounties to a big win over East Ballarat in round one, said although it was only early in the campaign, the club was in a good position.
“Our list is good at the moment and we’ve got good numbers through the grades and a lot of competition for spots which means you’ve got to perform,” Yates said. “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, we’ve just got to win games before Christmas and go from there.”
Mt Clear is top of the ladder and one of three undefeated teams alongside Brown Hill and North Ballarat heading into a mouth-watering round three clash with reigning premier Wendouree.
Mt Clear 12, 2.6629%; Brown Hill 12, 1.8080%; North Ballarat 12, 1.2281%; Wendouree 6, 1.9111%; Golden Point 6, 1.0506%; Napoleons-Sebastopol 6, 0.9356%; Ballarat/Redan 6, 0.7162%; Darley 0, 0.6407%; East Ballarat 0, 0.4596%; Coronet City 0, 0.4041%.