Colclough’s top century
19 year old continues his celebrations with a century
AS FAR as centuries go few are as impressive as Linton Colclough’s was on Saturday.
Only a day after celebrating his 19th birthday, Linton constructed an innings of 151 and was the last man dismissed for the Magpies after opening the batting against Mooroopna.
He hit 14 fours and two sixes in around four hours of batting in near 40 degree heat (under the helmet, most likely nudging 50).
It was Linton’s maiden century, and with it he claims the highest score by a B grade player in the Shepparton and District Cricket Association this season.
Saturday was a scorcher, and Euroa were extremely grateful to have won the toss and batted given the heat, and the fact a number of players were either ill or lacked match practice.
Euroa’s final total of 264 was due overwhelmingly to the innings Linton played, with no other player reaching 50, and seven if his teammates failing to register a score above five.
The side got off to a bad start, with Rodney Jones caught off the first over without scoring.
However, the welcome re- turn of Aiden Smithers (36) for his first game in two years helped the side steady, as he and Linton brought the score to 64 before Smithers was out flicking the ball to the fielder at short fine-leg.
Ashley Ellis (23) also returned to the B grade side, after dominating the lower levels in previous weeks.
He too looked solid for a time, moving the scoring along rapidly before falling to the typically two-paced nature of the Memorial Oval wicket.
Euroa then lost James Lloyd for just one, and Andrew Crosbie the next ball, both bowled playing the same shot off very similar deliveries that failed to bounce.
Riley Dowell ( 26) was the last batsmen to offer any resistance after Linton. He stuck around long enough for Colclough to bring up his century to the raptured applause from those watching from the boundary.
From that point, exhausted, Linton adopted a ‘hit out or get out’ approach, adding 66 runs to the total despite the final four batsmen offering only 7 runs between them.
A fantastic effort and an incredible display of dominance.
The poor Mooroopna bowlers barely managed a smile as they finally took the last required wicket, knowing they would need to bat the remaining hour of the day.
Unfortunately for the Cats, and fortunately for the Magpies, it was an eventful final hour.
First Riley Dowell struck the opener in front LBW for just 2. Then James Lloyd pulled off an incredible run out from the deep to leave the visitors reeling at 2-17.
Finally, in the last over of the day, a rank full toss from captain Brad Gleeson resulted in a top edge that flew to who else but Linton Colclough, who completed the catch to make it 3-22 at the end of the day’s play.
A memorable day for all who witnessed Linton’s innings, and a memorable day for the Euroa side, who require only seven more wicket to round out a win next Saturday.
From everyone at the club, well done Linton, a truly mighty effort.
LINTON’S DAY: Linton Colclough belted the Mooroopna bowlers to all parts of the ground on his way to an incredible 151 in near 40-degree heat.
WELCOME RETURN: Aiden Smithers played his first game in two years for the Magpies on Saturday, showing no signs of rust on his way to 36.