Negus has a lot of six appeal
MARYBOROUGH cricketer Brad Negus and former Australian representative Jimmy Maher proved to be big hits at Gympie's Albert Park on Sunday.
Both scored unbeaten hundreds in different Twenty20 games.
Negus reached three figures off 63 balls, in an innings that included seven sixes, to help the Maryborough Invitational XI score 9-168 against the Sunshine Coast.
The game was a curtain raiser before Maher and the rest of the Australian Cricketers' Association Masters XI played against a Gympie XI.
In reply, the Sunshine Coast was all-out for 167.
For Negus to score a hundred was an impressive performance when you consider the 37-year-old former Wide Bay representative retired 12 months ago.
He said he had enjoyed the hit-out.
“I had a bit of a swing,” the former Australs all-rounder laughed.
“It was good fun. The beauty of this version of the game is that it's all over so quick.
“I had a great day.”
But does this mean Negus could be tempted out of retirement?
“Not a chance,” he said.
“I don't mind playing the odd game like this now and again.”
While Negus and his teammates celebrated a win, Maher and his teammates couldn't as Gympie won the game by seven wickets.
The Australian Cricketers' Association Masters XI scored 5-168, before the Gold City team hit the winning runs in the 19th over.
IN other cricket news, no games were played in Maryborough or Hervey Bay in the Fraser Coast/Bundaberg A-grade competition at the weekend after rain left the grounds unplayable.
Maryborough's Australs did play in Bundaberg but came home empty-handed after Wests beat them by five wickets.
Australs batted first and scored 187, with Andrew Thompson (89) and Tony Cordie (24) the major contributors.
Wests surpassed the required total, reaching 5-191.