Junior has ton of fun
BANNOCKBURN junior cricketer Bailey Rathje has posted an unprecedented score of 122 not out playing for Bell Post Hill in the under 13s.
The match against St Joseph’s was played over two Friday nights at Noble St Oval.
Prior to this game, Bailey’s highest score was 43 not out.
In line with under-13 rules, Bailey had to retire at 30 to give his teammates a chance to bat.
When there was only one batsman left standing, Bailey was allowed back to the crease where he joined Jye Lewis, who finished on 27 not out.
Bailey’s father Jason Rathje said he made startlingly quick work of the mammoth tally.
“I wasn’t surprised that he batted for so long, I was more surprised he was at that many runs,” he said.
“All the boys ran around and said he was on 90. I thought he would have been on 60 or 70 so he certainly made the runs quickly.”
Team manager Chrystal Nolan said Bailey’s score was a remarkable achievement in the under-13 age group.
“I’ve never heard of anything anywhere near 100, the highest I’ve heard is 60 or 70 in under 13s. It’s very rare to get over 50,” Nolan said.
“The boys were all on the sideline cheering for him, it was very exciting.”
Unsurprisingly, given Bailey’s rare tally, Bell Post Hill defeated St Joseph’s by 162 runs.