It has taken James Seymour just three games to show Plenty Valley what he can do with the bat.
He joined the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association side after the Christmas break, having returned from Tasmania, and the former Premier cricketer has settled right on in.
On Saturday, he guided the ladder-leaders to a massive 344 on day one of the Bats’ north-south clash against Brunswick.
Seymour opened the batting with Simon Black, and the duo put on an opening partnership of 76, with Seymour doing most of the damage.
Black went for seven and then James Taylor came and went quickly; then Stephen Tsonas joined Seymour at the crease.
This pair made it a show, putting on 166 before the fourth wicket fell to put the game well and truly in control of the Bats.
Seymour fell for 160 off just 165 balls in an innings that included 13 fours and eight sixes.
The Bats flew on, and passed 300 with Tsonas at the crease. He fell not long afterwards, just missing his century, out for 95.
Only Seymour and Tsonas passed 20 in the Bats’ total of 344. The score could have been even higher … the Bats were bowled out with 15 balls remaining.
David Bonavia took four wickets for Brunswick.
The Bats women’s side had the weekend off, with the Victorian Premier Cricket women’s T20 final being held.
Prahran beat Box Hill in the final.
The one-day matches resume this weekend, with the Bats facing Dandenong.