Worcestershire opener Richard Oliver scored a magnificent century for Geelong City on the opening day of their Geelong Cricket Association clash away to Lara CC.

Sharks skipper Oliver smashed 121 – his second hundred of the winter – as his side ended the day on 303-9 from 85 overs.

The former Shropshire captain dominated an opening stand of 169 with S. Herbison (88) after he had won the toss and elected to bat.

Oliver was first out and Herbison made 88.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals but an unbeaten 39 from L. Inglis enabled Geelong to top the 300 mark.

Oliver's previous century had been against Murgheboluc when he scored 116.

He has amassed 729 runs in all formats for Geelong this winter at an average of 56.08 with two centuries and five fifties.

In the one and two day format, Oliver is also the leading run-getter with 582 at an average of 58.20.

County all-rounder Ross Whiteley picked up three wickets for Prospect CC on the opening day of their South Australian Cricket Association first grade encounter with visiting Southern District.

Whiteley struck twice early on and also claimed the fifth success of the innings as Southern District were reduced to 96-5 after winning the toss.

But batsman dominated the remainder of the day and Southern District closed on a formidable 337-7 from 96 overs.

Joe Leach had a single success with the ball after his side, North Canberra Gungahlin, put home side ANU into bat on the first day of the Australian Capital Territory first grade clash.

ANU scored 266-6 in 94 overs and the match will be completed on February 7.