For the second consecutive day, Kyabram Fire Brigade’s Paul Newman has led Goulburn Murray Cricket to victory at Melbourne Country Week.
The opener backed up his 93 from yesterday by scoring a blistering 122 not out from 81 deliveries today against the Warragul District Cricket Association - making it back-to-back wins for his GMC side.
In typical Newman style, the left-hander smashed 16 boundaries and 6 maximums on his way to the hundred.
In his last four Melbourne Country Week digs, Newman has now amassed 333 runs at an average of 111.
“Today's ton was as good a hundred as I’ve seen from Paulo, he struck the ball so cleanly from ball one,” GMC and Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent said.
Newman’s century allowed GMC to track down Warragul’s total of 182 in just the 26th over, and puts his side in prime position heading into round 3 tomorrow.
Valuable runs from Rochester United's English recruit Jordan Garrett (25) and Moama gun Layton McCann (16) helped GMC past Warragul’s total just three wickets down.
This all came after the GMC boys made a promising start in round 1 yesterday.
They were set 262 for victory after some strong batting from Ferntree Gully DCA on a flat wicket.
McCann grabbed three wickets while Kyabram Fire Brigade’s Shannon O’Brien and Jayden Rosin snared 1 and 2 respectively.
The chase never seemed unlikely for GMC - with Newman and Garrett combining for a 201-run opening stand.
Garrett went on to make a century (108) and inputs from Moama’s Brayden McGregor (21) and Fire Brigade's Anthony Andronaco (13no) saw GMC cruise to a 5-wicket win.
GMC will face Seymour DCA tomorrow in round 3 of Melbourne Country Week action.