VIDEO: Wigginton gives Cap Coast edge on day one
HALF centuries from middle-order batsmen Dale Barrett-Lennard and Josh Wigginton lifted Cap Coast to a 216-run first innings in Round 6 of the Frenchville Sports Club A-grade Premiership.
A 97-run partnership with Greg Tootle (39) had 17-year-old Wigginton bat his way to a 58-run high before he was caught by Jason Wells off a Joe McGahan delivery.
Barrett-Lennard continued his stellar form scoring 61 runs off 115 balls before being caught out by Frenchville's Jacob Hill in the 70th over.
Cap Coast stand-in skipper Asher Colley said his side's performance was particularly impressive coming off a shaky end to the season.
"We did really well. It was the best batting performance we have had in years," Colley said.
"We nearly batted out the full day and finished with a decent score."
A consistent Ben Christiansen (13) showed some fight alongside Barrett-Lennard before Hill took his first of three catches.
"It came down to the last 10 overs and we decided to have a bit of a go making more runs," Colley said.
"But Frenchville put the pressure on and took a few quick catches."
Frenchville bowlers did their job with the ball dismissing Cap Coast off 71 overs.
Charlie Simic got the ball rolling early in the match when he trapped Ben Bamford in front for two before Chaice Bidgood's dismissal of Alan Ledger, Mitch Bradford, Christiansen and Colley set up a solid finish.
Bidgood's first delivery caught the edge of No.7 batsman Ledger's pad to send him packing for 7 runs.
"Frenchville bowled well. They stopped us from scoring a massive total, keeping us pretty steady," Colley said.
"Chase Bidgood and skipper Joe McGahan were dangerous behind the ball."
Frenchville's Brent Hartley and Jacob Hill scored an unbeaten 13 runs at the stumps on day one, leaving them to chase 203 next Saturday afternoon.
"We did our job and got over 200 runs on the board so I'm confident we can keep them out of contention," Colley said.
"Hopefully we can get a couple of early wickets and stay right on top."