Helensburgh Cricket Club overseas signing Jono Campbell made a sparkling debut for the club against Motherwell.
The Zimbabwean, who joined as an amateur on Friday, helped them beat the ‘Well with an opening knock of 69 over the weekend.
First XI captain Ian Chambers said: “We are delighted to welcome our first amateur for a number of years, Jono will add significantly to our squad. It shows a real positive intent from the club and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.
Jono said: “I can’t wait to get cracking and meet all the guys. The club clearly has plans and I’m privileged to be part of them.”
One other boost has been the selection for the Scotland U17 squad of last year’s player of the year Gregor Chambers.
It was then straight into action on Saturday and Jono made an immediate impact.
Choosing to bat first on an excellent pitch, Helensburgh were in trouble early on, losing three wickets for just 22 and a fourth with the score on 45.
However, an opening innings of 69 from Jono, well backed by Stuart Adams and Syed Ishtiaq with 26 each, saw the Ardencaple side recover well.
The tail all had a go and Helensburgh were eventually all out for 194 - a decent score to start the season, but probably 20-30 runs below where they wanted to be.
In response Motherwell also lost early wickets but at 94-6 the game was evenly balanced, with the Motherwell middle order scoring quickly.
It was getting tight as Motherwell passed 160, but rotation of the bowlers worked well and Stephens eventually took the last wicket with the score on 174.
All of the bowlers contributed to the containment – Campbell 4-39, Stephens 3-32, Chambers 2-37, Ishtiaq 2-40, Christiansen 0-15 - in a good start to the campaign for Burgh with a 20-run win, and for Jono, who turned in a match-winning display.