New batsman impresses for Australs

OLIVER Hardaker didn’t need to produce an effort quite as big as his world record breaking innings of 329 not out in a one day match earlier this year.

But Australs allrounder Andrew Thompson was still impressed with the skills of the 18-year-old batsman when he played against him in Bundaberg on Saturday.

Hardaker is from England, but is playing for Bundaberg’s Across The Waves cricket side this summer.

His reputation definitely preceded him.

He was playing for Horsforth against Upper Wharfedale when he set the world record – and no doubt he wants to reproduce his heroics for his new team.

Australs were bowled out for 76 runs on Saturday and Across the Waves lost only two wickets on their way to victory.

Hardaker was the fourth batsman in and was 37 not out when the match ended.

He top-scored for the side and the team’s captain, David Jones, scored 28 not out.

“He looked the part,” Thompson said.

“He looked really good. He’s got a good eye and he’s got good technique.

“He hits the ball really well.”

Thompson said it would be interesting to see how Hardaker, who hopes to earn a professional contract with Yorkshire County Cricket Club one day, goes as the season progresses.

In the other matches of the round, Bundaberg Brothers defeated the Mariners. The Mariners scored 93 runs off 19.3 overs.

Brothers chased down the runs in 20 overs, losing only three wickets.

Opener Josh Nugent scored 48 runs and Steven Grogan scored 23 runs.

The Bushrangers played the Cavaliers at Hervey Bay on Saturday. The Bushrangers won the match, scoring 188 runs for the loss of four wickets.

Cavaliers were valiant in reply but fell just short, scoring 161 for the loss of eight wickets off their 40 overs.

Brad Quinn top-scored for the Bushrangers with a total of 54 not out.

Shane Muller scored 51.

For the Cavaliers, Edgar Wyvil for one wicket for 24 runs, Daniel Goodwin got one wicket for 25 runs and Shane Bird got two wickets for 48 runs.

Tom Freshwater top-scored for the Cavaliers with 37 not out and Adam Kratzman got 29 runs.

Tom Woodruff got two wickets for 27 runs, Jordan Darlington got two wickets for 14 runs and Shane Muller got two wickets for 32 runs.

Past Grammars defeated Bundaberg West by 36 runs in their match in Maryborough on Saturday.

Past Grammars scored 206 runs with Russell Hotchin top-scoring with 68 runs and Dalton Balke scoring 67. John Lowe was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 33 runs.

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