Barbarians earned their first victory since their step up into Armidale District Cricket Association’s top grade competition this year by tearing through Ex-Services.
In the opening round of the association’s two-day competition, the Baa Baas won the toss and sent Servies into bat.
The first innings was one to forget for Servies who managed just 109 from 38 overs.
The Baa Baas top order looked like they were going the same way and were 6-60 at one point.
Brandon Landsborough settled the team with a solid 59 before Clarrie Moran came in and belted 119 with 17 fours and three sixers contributing to the Baa Baas total of 315.
The second innings went much the same for Servies who only added 165 to their first innings total.
One-dayers and two-dayers, we just approach them the same in the field, just 100 miles an hour.
It wasn’t enough to meet the Barbarians’ first innings total and handed the newcomers the win.
Captain Brad Rafferty contributed the win to the availability of the side’s key players and said the efforts of the bowlers were a vital part of the match.
"I think it was just a matter of consistency in the team we have been naming,” he said.
"We are getting all the big guns together in one hit and it is helping us out a bit.
"Troy Dawson on day one, he took 5-27 from 13 overs, he was awesome with the ball.
"Jason Boland took 2-15 off eight [overs], Nick Levy he bowled really well on the first day with a couple of wickets for 20 runs.”
Though the side are yet to win a game in the one-day format, Rafferty said their game plan hadn’t changed when preparing for the longer, two-day match.
"One-dayers and two-dayers, we just approach them the same in the field, just 100 miles an hour,” he said.
"I think it was a bit of a different style, two-day for Ex-Services.
"Not used to playing them at that speed so that helped us a lot, a really fast over rate and [we] didn't give them much to work with.”
With one win under their belt, the Barbarians now turn to tackling ladder-leaders Hillgrove, who have been the standouts this season.
Rafferty is yet to decide on the final make up of his team for this weekend’s match but said the top order needs to be stronger to combat Hillgrove’s bowling lineup.
"We are losing our heads a bit too early, thinking we are set when we are not,” he said.
"We just have to chip away for a bit longer.”