ACT Southern Districts batsman John Rogers has scored a remarkable unbeaten century that proved decisive in his team claiming its first McDonald’s NSW Country Championships title as a zone on Sunday.
The former First Class batsman for Tasmania and Western Australia made more than half the runs posted by ACT Southern Districts during the 24-run Grand Final victory over Central Coast at North Dalton Park in Wollongong. He hit 175 not out from 155 balls in a total of 9/276 from the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, Central Coast was dismissed for 252, in the final over, highlighted by a valiant century to captain Peter Gallichan who did his utmost to claim the trophy for his team. He scored 107 from 130 balls faced.
During a little more than three hours at the crease, Rogers smashed seven sixes and 10 fours. The innings was made all the more extraordinary by the fact the next best score for ACT Southern Districts was just 20 scored by middle-order batsman Owen Chivers.
Like Rogers, Gallichan similarly held the innings together for Central Coast batting at No. 3. The next best score for his side was wicketkeeper Harry Woodhead who made 32 from 25 balls down the order.
In a beaten side, paceman Scott Burkinshaw returned best figures for the match with 4-56 from 10 overs.
This ends a successful year for the new Zone, with two competition titles, being the Under 15 McDonald's Women's Country Championship, along with this one.
Article courtesy of David Gavin.