Chew reaches first A grade hundred
IT’S NOT often a batsman scores a hundred in a one-day game and ends up on a losing team.
Past Grammars youngster Sam Chew and his team-mates ensured Bushrangers vice-captain Shane Muller did in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade showdown at Torquay’s N. E. McLean Oval on Saturday.
Chew scored his maiden A grade hundred as the competition leading and unbeaten Past Grammars crushed the premiers by eight wickets.
Bushrangers batted first and were all-out for 170, a total that would have been much worse had it not been for Muller.
The South Queensland Country representative all-rounder scored 100 not out off 90 balls, an innings that included 76 runs in boundaries.
Bushrangers were deep in trouble at eight for 99 before Muller, who was on 48 at the time, combined with the last two batsmen to put on 71.
It wasn’t enough as Chew hammered 104 not out off just 72 balls to guide his team to two for 172 with more than 14 overs to spare.
Chew hit 12 fours and two big sixes in his knock while his opening partner, Brad Wex, scored 34.
Muller said there was no excuse for the Bushrangers performance.
“We were simply outplayed and outclassed,” Muller said.
“And to give credit to Sam, he just smashed us all over the park with some real clean hitting.
“I think they (the Past Grammars players) had a party to go to – they wanted to win in a hurry,” he laughed.
In the other games of the round, Australs and Cavaliers also finished the day as winners.
Australs beat the Coastal Cougars in a rain interrupted clash at Maryborough’s Newtown Oval.
The Coastal Cougars batted first and scored 105 with Steve Collins (26) and Paul Pitcher (24) the pick of the batsmen.
Martin Rook, three for 13 off seven overs, did the damage with the ball.
In reply, opener Paul Mathiesen (25 not out) was there at the end as Australs reached their revised target of 82 for the loss of seven wickets.
Cavaliers won the all-Hervey Bay showdown against the Mariners by 39 runs.
Cavaliers batted first and scored seven for 240 thanks to Scott Thompson (71) and Adam Kratzmann (58).
Brad Vincent scored 84 in the run-chase but it wasn’t enough as the Mariners finished on nine for 201.