Premier Cricket: English newcomer ice cool in hothouse

ENGLISH import Arun Harinath was thrown into the furnace that was Central Reserve on Saturday and proved up to the challenge.

He posted his maiden century for his new club, Footscray-Edgewater, as the Bulldogs made 8-320 against Richmond in Premier Cricket.

The 25-year-old Surrey batsman made 138 with 14 boundaries in just his fourth innings in Premier Cricket. Although the heat certainly made him uncomfortable, Harinath was able to overcome all obstacles to play the anchor role in the Bulldogs' innings.

After he reached he ton, raising the bat took a little extra effort as the heat was beginning to get to him.

"I was falling over from the heat at that stage," he said. "We had run a lot of threes. It probably shows I need to do a little more work on my fitness. It was my first hundred out here. It was good to get among the runs."

Harinath paid tribute to his top-order teammates Dean Russ (33), Wes Robinson (13) and Benjamin Green (27), who had the Bulldogs on 3-98 when Harinath came to the crease at No. 4.

"We had a good platform set up earlier in the innings with Russ, Wes and Greeny.

"It was just a case of trying to continue their good work and it turned out to be my turn to make a hundred, which was nice.

"It was hot but after a while when the ball was getting softer it was easier to bat on.

"I think all batsmen try to stick around as long as possible because if you do then it can get easier for you. It did today and luckily it was my turn to cash in."

Harinath also thanked his teammates for welcoming him to the club and hoped his side could bowl out the Tigers this Saturday.

"It's a young squad and they have made me feel welcome.

"It makes it easier to play well when you feel comfortable and at home, credit to the guys here at Footscray.

"We needed to get a big score behind us and now hopefully we can bowl them out."

Tigers bowlers Ben Torney (2-44) and Steve Garrett (2-48) were the best bowlers for the home side.

The Tigers face an enormous chase on the second day.

The match resumes at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley, at noon this Saturday.

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