Col­clough’s top cen­tury

19 year old con­tin­ues his cel­e­bra­tions with a cen­tury

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By WILL MUR­RAY

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.

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