Within sight of a tense police siege, Hadspen batsman Thanuka Dabare was also proving hard to get out.
The Sri Lankan run machine was in blistering form at a sun-drenched Trevallyn Park as the Chieftains won a high-scoring second-versus-third encounter by 64 runs.
Dabare, who has already amassed scores of 138 and 171 in Twenty20s this season, clocked up his third century of the campaign.
The opener hit 11 fours and seven sixes in his 117 which formed the backbone of his team’s 3-276.
Against the team for whom Clinton Reid hit a ton last week, his former Mowbray teammate Liam Reynolds chipped in with an unbeaten 74 while Damian Woods (34) and Brad Eames (36 not out) also made helpful contributions.
Medium pacer Wayne Ford (2-56) was the pick of the Trevallyn bowlers, claiming both openers.
In reply, the hosts made 212 before being bowled out midway through the 34th over.
In a match littered with dropped catches, Ford (38), opener Daniel Kirk (40) and John McCoy (24) led the way with the bat as Dabare completed a superb day with 3-27, Amal Arachchige added 3-17, Reynolds 2-13 and Vishwaranga 2-57 plus 25 wides.
LONGFORD maintained its 100 per cent start to the season, nicely setting up next week’s summit meeting at Hadspen with a 140-run defeat of Perth.
Jackson Blair (66), reigning league MVP Dilan Sandagirigoda (56, also including three maximums) and Dion Blair (53 not out) top scored as the Tigers reached 4-242 from their 40 overs.
John Hayes (44) spearheaded Perth’s reply but the team was all out for 102 in the 28th over.
Sandagirigoda also dominated with the ball, claiming 5-12 off an economical 7.4 overs while Maxwell Magann took 3-24.
Cellar dweller ACL picked up its second win of the season, by 60 runs against Cressy at University Oval.
Michael Pickard (55) and Simon Chappell (36) hit their biggest scores of the campaign after openers Jesse Digney (40) and Matthew Oates (26) got the ball rolling in an opening partnership of 71.
The Bluebacks’ made it to 228 all out with eight balls remaining.
Scott Driessen, Danny Bennett, Jonty Manktelow and Sam Henley took two wickets each with Sam Graham claiming one off his only over.
Bennett (62) and Manktelow (42) led the chase but 3-15 off his eight overs by captain-coach John Kedey helped stem the flow while a solitary over from Ben Harris produced the figures 3-4.
The seventh-versus-sixth encounter saw BEAUTY POINT beat Legana by three wickets.
Adam Bourke’s 51 was supported by 25 from Sam Howe as Legana registered 9-149.
Joint reigning competition MVP Jason Savage was the pick of the blowers with 3-20 while Gavin Nutting added 2-26 and Quinton Tahiri 2-20.
In reply Savage (24), coach Rob Crane (22) and Zach Cooke (20) all chipped as the target was chased down with nine overs to spare.