Case makes a case for regular centuries
Cowichan opened the Victoria and District Cricket Association season with an eight-wicket win over Metchosin at Shawnigan Lake, but then fell to defeat in its next two games.
Metchosin managed a total of 219 for seven in the allotted 45 overs, kept in check by the bowling of Mits Nakagawa (two for 26) and Charlie Smith (three for 17). Smith hails from Tasmania and has made an an immediate impact with the team.
The Metchosin total did not pose too much of a challenge for the Cowichan top order batsmen. Nagy Thomas (30) and Adam Benning (52) got the innings off to a solid start before the first wicket fell at 70.
Chris Case from Christchurch, New Zealand, who has also joined the club for the season, produced an almost-flawless 106 not out that brought the total to 225 for two and the victory.
Again at Shawnigan the following week, Cowichan faced a tougher challenge from Albion, one of the stronger teams in the league.
Case scored another century with 101 not out. He was supported by 33 from Craig Everett and 28 from Nakagawa but the scoring rate got held down by tight bowling.
Cowichan bowlers and fielders needed to be exceptional to protect the total of 220 for nine.
With Albion at 92 for three after 23 overs, it looked promising but Cowichan couldn't make it stick and two missed catches allowed Albion to reach the target with four overs to spare.
May 10 action pitted Cowichan against United Victoria at Beacon Hill Park. Two frontline bowlers weren't available so Cowichan knew it would be a challenge.
United batted first and was held in check for the first half of the innings. United was at 162 for six after 32 overs that gave Cowichan reason to be optimistic, but the innings eventually closed at 265 for eight.
Cowichan put 90 runs on the board after 23 overs without losing a wicket. But progress was slow and it left a tall order of scoring another 176 in only 22 overs.
Case (46), Rohn Mahen (22), Clayton Bodkyn (15) and Hassaan (40 not out) did their best but United's defence was too much to overcome.
Cowichan finished at 197 for eight.