Nagambie skipper Mark Nolan has proved to be a crucial asset in the opening round of the inaugural Crane Aid Goulburn Valley Bush Bash League.
Nolan's all-round performance helped the SRP Mud Dogs to a six-wicket victory over Hurley Hotel Hounds at Barooga Recreation Reserve on Sunday.
With the Hounds sent in to bat first, Nolan (2-22) picked up the sixth and seventh wicket to finish with the best bowling figures for the Mud Dogs.
It was also Nolan's first wickets in over two seasons in the T20 form of the game.
With the chase set at 146, the Mud Dogs went on to wrap up the match with six wickets in hand and just under three overs to spare.
Coming in at fourth, Nolan finished on 24 from 28 deliveries, including a four and a six.
He was bowled via a Jedd Wright delivery, who was perhaps seeking revenge after Nolan dismissed Wright the exact same way earlier in the day.
Nolan’s teammates Layton McCann (40) and Joel Brett (32) also performed with the bat.
In the league’s other match, Cobram Panel Works Panthers took the points over Jarvis Delahey Crushers, after chasing down 131 with eight deliveries remaining.
Cobram’s James Seymour was the star of the day, finishing on an unbeaten 91.
Following rounds will be held on Sunday, January 19 in Kyabram, Sunday, February 2 at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve before the grand final, also at Deakin, is scheduled for Sunday, February 9.