Bacchus Marsh’s premiership defence got off to the perfect start in the McIntyre Cup Premier firsts competition.

Facing a Diggers Rest Bulla side that bolstered its batting in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association off season, the Bulls got the job done.

The Bulls made 7-181 from their overs, with Daniel Lalor (51) and captain-coach James Lidgett (57) the keys to the innings.

Darren Quarrell took three wickets for the Burras.

The Bulls started well with the ball, with both openers gone before the total reached double figures.

The Burras never recovered and were all out for 123.

Upul Fernando top scored with 54, while Madushanka Ekanayaka and James Bailey took three wickets each for the Bulls.

Romsey skittled Wallan in the Magpies return to the top grade.

Romsey made 8-177 before bowling the Magpies out for 82.

Sunbury United won the derby against Sunbury, while Gisborne had no trouble in beating Woodend.

Woodend was bowled out for 84, which Gisborne made without losing a wicket.

In the Johnstone Shield District Firsts competition, St Anthonys easily beat Ashfield and the Eynesbury Eagles lost to East Sunbury.

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