Move to Perth reaps rewards
FORMER Clunes cricketer Dain Moreton has made a great start after moving west with an innings of 68 for his new club Perth in the WACA competition.
He top-scored in his team's total of 8-275 declared against second grade competition leaders Wanneroo.
Moreton had only arrived in Perth early Thursday morning and was surprised when he attended his first training session later that day to learn that he had been selected to bat at No 5 in second grade.
No-one at the club had even seen him hold a bat or a ball.
His team lost some early wickets and Moreton came to the crease at 3-66 about half an hour before lunch.
He shared important partnerships for the fourth and fifth wickets before he was out caught and bowled with the score close to 200.
The innings impressed Perth president John Lindsay, who said: "Well, we haven't been sent a dud, that's for sure."
Moreton's father Neil said his son had been overwhelmed by the offers of support on and off the field.
"There are a number of (WA) first-class players in the first-grade squad and they have already approached Dain with offers of training support," Neil Moreton said.
"Dain feels very comfortable already after just a few days there."
Dain Moreton also bowls off-spin and should get a chance with the ball this weekend as Wanneroo attempt to chase down the Perth total.