By Mark Heenan
A batting masterclass from Paul Jubber put Ocean Grove in a strong position after day one of the two-day game against Queenscliff at Ray Menzies Oval on Saturday.
The Ocean Grove Cricket Club coach was brilliant and finished unbeaten on 149 in his side’s total of 8/268 from 75 overs.
It was Jubber’s second A Grade hundred for Ocean Grove after he smashed 100 not out against Portarlington two seasons ago in his batting debut for the club.
It was not all smooth sailing for the Grubbers, as Queenscliff had Ocean Grove on the ropes at 7/117 before Jubber and youngster Jake Taylor steadied the innings.
Jubber and Taylor (30) shared in a vital 132-run eighth wicket partnership stand.
“We are incredibly pleased with the end result,” Jubber told the Voice.
“Jake Taylor batted superbly. He played to his strengths and performed his role. He was fantastic to bat with.
“Making (almost) 270 in the first game of the year is positive. We now shift our focus to defending the total. We will be backing our bowlers to play their part.”
Earlier in the day, Queenscliff opening bowler Ned Rogerson took two wickets and claimed Grubber openers Huon Bertino (8) and Dylan Thorley (3).
Ocean Grove’s middle order of Michael Kenneady (22) and Jackson Kent (27) made handy contributions.
Star Couta Michael Farrell (3/44) collected a three-wicket haul for the visitors from his 11 overs.
A former GCA Leopold First grade player, it was Farrell’s first appearance in four seasons with Queenscliff.
Queenscliff require 269 runs for victory from 75 overs this Saturday.