CORSHAM captain Ashur Morrison hailed the efforts of Remano Esau as his century helped set the platform for victory against Lechlade last Saturday.

The South African opener scored 103 off 106 balls as the Station Road side opened their account in Premier One with a 52-run success over one of division’s new boys.

However, the scorecard could have had a very different look about it had the visitors not put Esau down with just 14 runs to his name.

Corsham then made Lechlade pay for their mistakes as Morrison himself scored a run-a-ball 48 and Steve Bullen scored 70 as the hosts closed on 284-6.

Liam Smith picked up 3-45 for the visitors, while former Worcestershire academy paceman Chris Harwood endured a difficult day as his two wickets came at a cost of 102 runs from nine overs.

“We were able to use his (Harwood) pace to our advantage,” Morrison explained. “The straight boundaries at Corsham are quite short and were able to play through his lines.

“Remano played a really good innings, it was massive that he was dropped.”

Having been unable to defend 291 at Downend the previous week, there were no such worries for Morrison and Co on Saturday as they bowled Lechlade out for 232 despite brisk cameo for international racquets player Jock Jamieson-Black, who scored 60 from 46 balls.

“If I’m being hyper critical then we should have bowled them out for 160-170,” Morrison said.

“But it is nice to get our first win of the season, especially as we got maximum batting and bowling points as well.”

Despite the win, Morrison is not getting too carried away as he prepares to take his team to Clevedon.

“They cause a major surprise at the weekend by beating Bath.” the skipper said. “We are going to go there and make sure that it is a good game and hopefully get the right result.”