"THEY were on top of the world."
These were the words of Emerald Brothers Blue under-11s coach Dany Ranasinghe after his side recorded their first ever victory in round one of the Central Highlands cricket season.
The side, who last year failed to win a game, have now won two from two and look like future baggy green wearers.
"It was so great to see how much they enjoyed it - you could see it on their faces," Ranasinghe said.
"Last year we couldn't do a lot as our kids were only seven or eight and really new to the game.
"I have slowly been feeding them the basics and proper techniques as under-11s is all about enjoying the game.
Ranasinghe praised the Brothers seniors and said they served as fantastic role models for his young side to strive to play like, on and off the field.
"Our seniors are a great place to start for the kids to look up to," he said.
"They set a great example for them to watch and are obviously a really talented side as well."
In their first round match, Brothers won well, thanks to an undefeated 44 from Jaxon Rugendyke, supported by Hunter Joass who grabbed 3-3.
In their latest match against Clermont, Jaxon starred with 31 not out but it was his brother, Tobi, who top scored with 34 not out. Brothers finished with 2-214, defeating Clermont 6-162.
The pick of the bowlers were Senith Ranasinghe who snared 2-23 while Tobi backed up his knock with a fine 2-26.
This Saturday, Brothers Blue faces Blackwater at Denison State School with an 8am start.
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