Isaac drops anchor
HE MAY not have hit the winning runs, but without Isaac Jones' stubborn effort, Rolleston would have gone down convincingly.
The opener battled for the whole 40 overs and was there at the end, carrying the bat through the innings to finish with 88.
At stumps, the Roosters recorded a hard-fought win over Clermont who had posted 7/197.
"It was a pretty important game for us as we knew we had to win," Jones, 25, said.
"I was a bit worried after we lost a few quick wickets but young Larry Farquhar walked in and calmed me down a bit. He hit the winning runs with a nice cut shot through point.
"88 off 40 overs isn't that impressive but the main thing was getting the boys home - so I was pretty pleased with that. I had to anchor the innings and I did my job.
"I spent the whole 80 overs out there so I was pretty buggered afterwards."
Jones has represented his club and region through Central Highlands Hawks and CQ but winning with Rolleston is where it matters.
"The club means everything to me, my dad obviously played for them for 30 years and 300 games," he said.
"My two cousins play for them and there are four blokes who I grew up with, McDonald's boys, Josh Bullivant, Daniel Stickly - I have known them since I was 10 and they are my best mates. I wouldn't play for anyone else."
A self-confessed old school cricketer, Jones shared in a Rolleston record opening partnership with the more prolific David Hartwig. The duo put on 120.
"I am a slow opener, an old school Test match player," Jones, who debuted for the club as a 14-year-old, said.
"I like to leave a lot and focus on the right technique and that.
"I don't like to hit the ball too hard, probably in the Mark Taylor mould really.
"It is actually a Rolleston record, which is something I had thought about for a while but hadn't pulled it off.
"Dave is a good player and he just keeps on improving. He just bats how he bats so good on him."