METROPOLITAN-Easts quick Matt Elford admits he never expected to start the TCI A-grade season in such blistering form.
The 20-year-old is one of the players to watch this summer after taking career-best figures of 6-14 in the opening round against Wests last weekend.
His individual effort helped Mets to a crushing eight-wicket victory and propelled them straight to the top of the one-day ladder.
It will be a hard act to follow for the young bowler and Elford joked that he had already achieved his goal for the season.
"We were talking about it in the dressing rooms after the game," he said.
"Troy (Gurski, Mets captain) wanted us to set goals. All the boys said I can tick that one off already. I've got to think of a new goal now.
"I've taken a sixer before but that was my best figures.
"I was pretty lucky but you have those days. I'm not complaining. I'll take it."
Elford said he had a great feeling about the season ahead and hoped to establish himself as a key member of Mets A-grade side.
"This will be my second full year in A-grade," he said.
"After a big learning curve last year, I know what to expect. Hopefully I can stand up a bit more.
"Just get those two or three wickets a game and be in the top three teams when the finals come around."The Trojans are scheduled to face defending champions University in the second round of the one-day competition at Heritage Oval today.
Rain threatens to keep them off the pitch but Elford was hopeful he'll get the chance to gauge his form against one of top sides.
"Uni are a good side. I hear they've got a lot of young guys this year so it'll be interesting," he said.
"I think it'll be pretty close. We're really keen to get on."
GAME DAY (TCI one-day competition round two)
- Metropolitan-Easts v University at Heritage Oval
- Northern Brothers Diggers v Wests at Rockville Park
- Souths v Railways at Middle Ridge Park