AN INSPIRED all-round performance from young-gun Jayden Fuller and a hat-trick from Dave Rogerson has propelled Blayney to their first Royal Hotel Cup win of the summer.
Taking on Centrals under lights at Wade Park on Friday, Blayney defied an uncharacteristically slow start to hit 6-141 off 20 overs.
Following a tight spell from Centrals quicks Mark Wiegold and Mitch Harvey left Blayney at 0-7 off the opening five overs, Fuller (50) and skipper Jameel Qureshi (53) put on 102 for the third wicket in just 10 overs.
Far from a one-trick pony, Fuller then took the ball and snared 4-15 as Blayney bowled Centrals out for 104 in the 19th over to complete the 37-run win.
“He’s a good kid. He wants to learn and he listens,” Qureshi said of Fuller.
“He’s a serious cricketer.”
Rogerson picked up the wickets of Matt Tedeschi (one), Chris Hutchinson (28) and then Josh Coyte (duck) to complete his hat-trick.
“He loved it,” Qureshi said.
And Blayney loves its Twenty20 cricket.
Semi-finalists in 2012-13, Qureshi has made no secret of the fact his side has its sights set on at least making this season’s Royal Hotel Cup grand final.
On the back of Friday night’s performance, there’s nothing to suggest Blayney won’t meet that challenge.
Impressive with the bat and near faultless in the field, Blayney will take on Molong in its final pool C game on December 20 and Qureshi says there is still plenty of improvement left in his young team.
“We’re doing a little better at Twenty20 than red ball cricket at the moment,” he said.
“Against Centrals, I thought 120 was probably par and anything over that was a bonus. We were sluggish to start off with but Jayden and I put on 100 there at the end.
“Simon Ewin went well and James Stanbridge, he bowled two of the best overs I’ve ever seen. He’s just unlucky he didn’t pick up any wickets.”