The representative cricket season started with a bang for Monaro who smashed Tumut by 178 runs in the first round of the NSW Country Plate on Sunday.
Monaro posted a total of 232, but it was the bowling of Isaac Horneman which secured victory for Monaro with figures of 6/6 including his first hat-trick in cricket.
The visitors got off to a less than stellar start on the Tumut wicket that had a green tinge and a slow outfield.
Monaro struggled with the moving ball on a wicket that had some inconsistent bounce with opening bowler M Preim (5/25) doing the damage early and were in trouble at 2/21 after 10 overs.
Tim Williams (36) and Chris Khoury (69) gave the Monaro innings some much needed stability with some good running between the wickets and the odd boundary which were hard to come by on the slow outfield.
The pair put on 77 for the third wicket when Williams fell to the off spin bowling of J Bulger (1/24).
The much needed partnership gave the Monaro middle order a platform to build on.
Ben Hearn (45) joined Khoury at the crease and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over with one's and two's and after the final drinks break the pair opened their shoulders and the boundaries started to flow at regular intervals.
Hearn and Khoury put on 59 before Khoury was removed with the score on 157 in the 40th over. With 10 overs remaining and six wickets in hand the batting style got a little less elegant and a little more brutal as boundaries seemed to start to flow at ease. Adam Walters (24) played a nice late order cameo after coping a nasty hit in the face from a top edge. The claret flowing from Walters cheek seemed to spur him on as he landed a few lusty blows with the bat. Isaac Horneman (13*) finished the innings in style with a couple of well struck lofted drives to finish the innings with Monaro on 8/232.
Horneman (6/6) opened the bowling for Monaro, with the big quick swinging the ball and with a wicket in the first over there was a sense that this was going to be a fairly short afternoon in the field. The next six overs were incredible as Horneman and Nick Hind (2/10) had the Tumut batsmen in all sorts. In the third over Horneman removed the poles of two batsmen.
The fourth over saw Hind remove two more batsmen with the score now on 5/5. The fifth over saw Horneman take a wicket with his first ball putting him on a hat-trick. Horneman sent down a quick out-swing delivery catching a thick edge sending the ball rocketing towards the slips cordon where a diving Tim Williams stuck out his left hand catching the ball inches from the ground sending the Monaro team into wild celebration for the big quick Horneman grabbing his first hat-trick in cricket.
With the score on 8/6 the captain gave a few other boys a bowl and the Tumut tail played a few shots against the Monaro part timers. The match finished in the 18th over with Tumut all out for 54.