The best batsmen cash in when they get going.
Katandra star Andrew Riordan did that and more as the Eagles bossed day one of their Haisman Shield clash with Tatura on Saturday.
After more than a decade playing A-grade cricket in Shepparton that totals 111 matches, Riordan brought up his first century in style.
The former skipper has had a number of near-misses during the years, but this was not one of them.
Coming in at No.3, Riordan worked his way through the nervous 90s to a hundred before going onto an unbeaten 143 as the Eagles went to stumps at 8-314.
‘‘It’s been a long time coming, so I’m happy to make a few, but more importantly get us into a good position in the game,’’ Riordan said.
‘‘I made one (a century) when I was playing in Geelong, but this is my first one in Shepp, so it’s a bit of a relief,’’ Riordan said.
‘‘I’ve made a few 90s, but it’s a bit hard to tell what you’re on when you’re out there and I wasn’t thinking about it too much.
‘‘We were only four down when I made the hundred, so that helped in a way to play with a bit of freedom and bat the full 80 overs.’’
Chris Skolyarev was dismissed early, leaving fellow opener Ben Clurey to meet Riordan as he came out to bat.
The pair went about putting the Eagles in control and in quick time.
Clurey hit a sparkling 52 before the 83-run partnership came to end through some good bowling from Tom Vibert.
Riordan said the wicket was tricky to bat on at times, despite finishing with a mammoth total.
‘‘The wicket had a bit in it all day, it’s fairly well covered in grass, but the outfield was good and you were able to get value for your shots,’’ Riordan said.
Riordan’s innings was all the more impressive considering he struggled with back issues during the football season playing for Shepparton Swans.
A stress fracture and prolapsed disc meant Riordan missed the end of the Goulburn Valley Football League season. ‘‘It’s still at that manageable stage and it’s not at 100 per cent, but cricket is okay for it and it’s coming along all right.’’
Katandra entered the round in ninth on the ladder, but could jump into the top six with a win and if other results go its way.
STATE OF PLAY AFTER DAY ONE
Katandra 8-314 (Andrew Riordan 143 not out, Ben Clurey 52, Tom Vibert 3-47, Heath Fidock 2-38)
Andrew Riordan (Katandra): Only one name was considered here. Sensational knock from Riordan to go big and give Katandra the highest score of any team this season.