COLLEGIANS' defence of its Sale-Maffra cricket premiership began with a crushing loss to Rosedale-Kilmany on Saturday.
After bowling the home side out for 152, the Warriors reached their target for the loss of just one wicket with six overs spare.
Anthony Scott had a fine all-round match for RK, taking three wickets before scoring 77.
Sent in to bat, Collegians was in early trouble when Matt Foster and Jayden Allison were dismissed, leaving the home side 2-23. Captain Jack Tatterson, two, was one of four wickets for Brad Scott shortly after.
When Shaun Skeen was out for 28, Collegians was 4-47.
Stuart Anderson and Charlie Morrison then put on 63 for the fifth wicket before Morrison was dismissed for 32.
Anderson was bowled by Brad Scott for 41, with the innings ending soon after for 152.
Brad Scott was the pick of the RK bowlers, taking 4-23, while brother Anthony took 3-27.
A 105-run opening stand between Anthony Scott and Tim Dessent had the Warriors on their way to victory. The partnership ended when Scott was bowled by Mark Nicholls for 77.
Dessent (54) and Brad Scott (17) saw RK pass Collegians' total without losing another wicket.
CORMAC Hassett scored an unbeaten century as last season's runner-up Stratford was too strong for Boisdale-Briagolong.
Hassett batted throughout the Redbacks' 40 overs, scoring 124 not out in the visitors' 3-266. Lewis Bolton (48) and captain Jack Rietschel (58) ensured Stratford set the Saints an imposing chase.
Mitch Leeds (37) and Ned Sutton (20) looked to make inroads into the challenge, combining for a 54-run second wicket partnership, but both were dismissed in quick succession. From there, the Redbacks were never troubled, bowling the Saints out for 121.
Jack Rietschel took 3-9 from five overs, with Scott Lovas, Perry Hill and Jake Rieschel claimed two wickets each.
SALE began its season strongly, with victory at Bundalaguah.
In reply to the Bulls' 9-127, the Swans scored 6-178.
In his return to the Sale-Maffra cricket after a season in Premier Cricket, Nathan Massey scored an unbeaten 88 against his former Bundalaguah teammates. Massey's innings was the cornerstone of the Sale innings, with no other player passing 20.
Bulls captain Sam Bedggood took 3-30.
Another Sale recruit made an impact earlier, when Hayden Glover took 5-12 from eight overs. Jim Mathews and Bedggood both scored 28 for the understrength Bulls, while Jordan Rodda scored 20 not out at the bottom of the innings.
MAFFRA won the round's highest scoring match, against Longford.
The visiting Lizards tested the Eagles, scoring 7-195, led by 89 from captain David Atkinson.
Atkinson and Matt Johns (32) put on 51 for the second wicket, while Keenan Hughes (27) joined the captain for a 69-run fourth wicket stand.
Glenn Semmens took 3-42 for Maffra.
The Eagles' reply was giving a positive start, with captain Brett Lanigan and recruit Daniel Bedggood putting on 105 for the first wicket. Bedggood was caught off the bowling of Andrew Tyson, who had a second wicket shortly after when he dismissed Josh Davis for two.
Lanigan continued until being caught off the bowling of Hughes for 73, with the Eagles in sight of victory on 4-175.
Josh Rurawhe (22) and Lee Hopkins (30 not out) also played roles as Maffra finished its 40 overs at 4-216.