Jersey Evening Post logoFormer Jersey captain Matt Hague opened his season in fine style on Saturday with a century in Optimus CC's 181-run NatWest Weekend League Premier Division win against promoted Sporting Club.

Hague smashed 14 boundaries and one six at Grainville to finish on 127 runs after facing 114 balls. Batting three, Tony Carlyon also scored a half-century against his former team after hitting two fours and two sixes having faced 75 deliveries.

Optimus rattled up 277 for four in their 45 overs with Island captain Ryan Driver scoring 31 runs off 34 balls.

Sporting Club were tied down by some tight opening bowling from Driver and Nigel Crocker and they were eventually dismissed for 96 runs in 35.4 overs. Nick Dingle, at number ten, top scored with an undefeated 26 after hitting four boundaries from just a dozen deliveries.

Victoria College 1st XI, making their début in the Weekend League, slipped to a 173-run defeat against Aztec Springfield at the College Field.

Springfield rattled up 299 for five in their allotted 45 overs with Jason Carpenter in form striking a dozen fours and two sixes for 91 runs off just 66 balls. Player of the Year Dean Morrison chipped in with a half-century on his début for his new club while Carpenter and Jon Prince featured in a fourth-wicket stand of exactly 100 runs.

Opener Dan McAviney and number nine Alex Noel were the only College batsmen to reach double figures; McAviney scored 51 runs off 72 balls while Noel contributed 24. The College were dismissed for 126 runs in 32.2 overs. Peter Blackburn and Alex Cooke grabbed three wickets apiece for 23 and 26 runs respectively.

Farmers-Caesareans beat St Ouen by 36 runs at the Farmer's Field in St Martin.

Farmers-C's totalled 210 for five off their 45 overs with former Island captain Meeku Patidar scoring 55, James Turnbull 39 and Tinus van Vuuren an undefeated 43. Veteran Barry Middleton was in fine form with the ball with his nine-over spell including three maidens and three wickets for 25 runs.

St Ouen were restricted to 174 for nine. Mark Tribe led the way with 32 runs while Andrew Rabet took three wickets for 44 runs. James Faudemer also had a fine spell with one wicket for 15 runs in eight overs.

Rowlands Wanderers won by seven wickets against Rathbones Victoria College 2nds yesterday in Division I. Andy Ricketts (80 not out) and Alan Morris (41 not out) top-scored for the winners and Luke Gallichan (74) likewise for the losers.

Gary Kynman hit 62 runs in Farmers-Caesareans' four-wicket win against Optimus 2nds. Gary's son Ben also featured taking three wickets, including his father's, for 34 runs. Paul Connolly and Brant Duncan hit 37 and 42 runs respectively for the losers and James Perchard 39 for the winners.