HE’S quickly built a reputation as the best batsman in Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade, and Saturday saw Layton McCann at it again.
He dominated the Echuca South bowlers from start to finish in Moama’s 86-run win, on his way to a third century in five games.
The 117-run innings took just 121 balls, McCann carving up the bowlers with 12 fours and four sixes.
In just five games, he has smashed 396 runs at a staggering average of 132, Rochester United’s Jordan Garrett next best 155 runs back.
McCann is closing in on Michael Hill’s 548 runs last season that won the batting total — only four players made more runs in all of last season than he has in five games.
Moama coach Adam Luckman said while the output from his side’s star batsman was phenomenal, it was half expected.
‘‘The way he’s got his head switched on is the best thing about it,’’ he said.
‘‘His ability with his hand-eye is amazing, and his thinking process is great and what inspires me to make sure he keeps this level up.
‘‘He’s been huge for us and we kind of knew he could do this sort of thing; what he’s doing is amazing.’’
After winning the toss and batting against South, Luckman said the side’s number one target had been met — batting the opposition out of the game.
‘‘I was really happy with it; it was disappointing Joel Murphy didn’t get the start he wanted but I was obviously very happy with what Brayden McGregor and Layton McCann were able to put together,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone in the bottom part of the batting lineup is really, really keen to throw their weight around. We don’t just have Layton McCann, or Joel Murphy or Brayden McGregor, the guys down the order are tapping me on the shoulder and asking if they can get a chance to bat.
‘‘The Fire Brigade result probably wasn’t a bad thing for us, because training on Thursday was a really high intensity.’’
Luckman said the side’s bowling had been strong also, with only South opening pair Luke Thompson (62) and Hugh Nelson (29) getting out of double figures as it made just 6/144 in the 45 overs.
Moama will now host Echuca this weekend in an intriguing contest between two of the competition’s hottest sides.
‘‘You can’t disrespect any opposition, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you have to have high expectations of what the opposition can put together,’’ Luckman said.
‘‘Echuca is looking like a good young side, but we’ve got depth in B grade too and good young guys of our own. It’s going to be an interesting game.’’