Ju­nior has ton of fun

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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.

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