Maryborough’s Alex Barry scored the first century of his career, an impressive 106 not out.
Maryborough’s Alex Barry scored the first century of his career, an impressive 106 not out. Richard Harvey

Barry big hit for Wide Bay

YOU COULD say Alex Barry certainly made the most of his opportunity to play representative cricket for Wide Bay.

Barry has always dreamed of scoring a century and that dream came true for the 16-year-old bats-man at Bundaberg’s Salter Oval.

He scored the first century of his career after he scored 106 not out while playing against South East Queensland in the under-17 McPherson Shield.

Not a bad effort when you consider Barry was a shadow for the team before he got a late call-up.

He didn’t let that worry him as he smashed six sixes and seven fours on his way to reaching three figures.

The hundred comes just a couple of weeks after Barry, whose cricketing hero is all-rounder Shane Watson, had scored his maiden senior 50 while playing for the Past Grammars reserve grade team.

But the hundred was not the only thing Barry had to celebrate in the Rum City.

He was one of three Wide Bay players named in the South Queensland in the annual showdown against North Queensland later this month.

It comes as no surprise that Barry said he was stoked with his innings and his selection.

“I really cannot believe it to be honest,” Barry said.

“To get a hundred while playing for Wide Bay is unreal – I am so happy.”

Now he’s got a hundred, what’s Barry’s next goal?

“I want to earn a place in the Past Grammars A-grade line-up,” he said.

“I’d really love to do that, but they are a good team.”

Barry wasn’t the only Past Grammars representative to earn a South Queensland call-up.

Bowler Ash Renouf will also play against North Queensland after impressing selectors while playing for Wide Bay in the Schaeffer Shield in the Rum City.

Renouf took five wickets in the two games played.



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