The big hitters were out in force in the opening round of the Gisborne and District Cricket Association’s T20 shield.

Four sides in the premier division passed 180, with Woodend taking it further passing 200.

Marcus Stewart was the star for Woodend, making 83 in his side’s total of 5-209 against Sunbury United.

United also didn’t hold back with the bat, but fell 22 runs short of victory, making 8-188. Steven Fogarty made 51.

Riddell skipper Mick Allen did what he did best, making plenty of runs.

Having averaged 77.50 with the bat in the Bombers T20 premiership win last season, Allen was on fire against Gisborne on Tuesday night.

Opening the batting, Allen made 94 which included nine fours and five sixes in the Bombers 8-188.

He was then the pick of the bowlers for the Bombers, taking 2-11 as the Dragons were bowled out for 78.
Romsey got its first win of the GDCA season, knocking off Lancefield. Romsey made a massive 5-182, with the Tigers managing 5-109 in reply.

Bacchus Marsh had another comprehensive win, defeating Sunbury.

The Roar made 8-73, which the Bulls made with eight wickets and more than 10 overs to spare.

Diggers Rest Bulla defeated Rupertswood in the other premier division match.

In the district division, last season’s winner Wallan proved too strong for Ashfield.

The Magpies made 8-148, with Ashfield bowled out for 125. Nathan Anderson was the standout for Ashfield with three wickets and making 31.

Macedon claimed the win against East Sunbury. The Thunder made 8-199 with Liam Sherlock the star at the top of the order. An unbeaten 55 to Pat Trotta guided Macedon to 4-122. 

Eynesbury defeated St Anthonys in the other game.

Kyneton had a bye.

Second round of the pool matches will be played on Tuesday November 28.