NORM MAKES CLUB HIS­TORY

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

NEXT time peo­ple bring up the “too old to play” ar­gu­ment, sit them down for a chat with Norm Sch­leusener.

Sch­leusener sur­prised him­self and his team­mates on Satur­day when he be­came the first man to score a cen­tury for Isis Cricket Club since its re-for­ma­tion in 2009.

The 56-year-old went to town on the poor Brothers White at­tack, clob­ber­ing an un­beaten 148 as he car­ried his bat through Isis White’s in­nings.

His 148 not out con­trib­uted just un­der half of Isis’ to­tal of 9 for 301 be­fore they com­pleted the rout to have Brothers dis­missed for a pal­try 27.

“It took 21 overs to get that first 50,” Sch­leusener re­called. The next 50 came from the next nine.

“There was a stage I hit one of their bowlers for four con­sec­u­tive fours in an over,” he said.

“Their wick­et­keeper said, ‘If he keeps this up for much longer, he will have his hun­dred’.

“I didn’t re­alise how close I was.”

His stint at the crease started with a strike that came from the meat of the bat but found a fielder. A few fours later, he saw them as beach balls.

“It was just one of those days,” he said.

“It’s been an up and down year. I started with a 48, then got a few ducks. It’s prob­a­bly boosted my av­er­age from 16 to 50-odd.”

Isis White’s Marty Ryan said there were sev­eral play­ers who had reached

Norm Sch­leusener It was just one of those days... It’s prob­a­bly boosted my av­er­age from 16 to 50-odd.

the 90s, but none could crack triple fig­ures.

Sch­leusener’s mo­ti­va­tion was not only to help his club to their third win of the Bund­aberg Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Di­vi­sion 3 Premier­ship, but to also beat his brother Roy.

“I’ve got him now,” he said.

“His high­est was 135, so I’ve beaten him. I’ve got a hat-trick over him as well.”

That came in his first year with Isis three years ago when he was throw­ing small-to-medium pac­ers down the pitch.

Sch­leusener shared in a 101-run part­ner­ship with next-high­est scorer Mark Fel­gate (42) who got to watch the 56-year-old tee off from the best seat in the house.

Roderick Jensen (19) was at the other end when Sch­leusener raised his bat and said his col­league started his in­nings pa­tiently but “once he got go­ing” it was an in­nings to be­hold.

While Isis White rev­elled in the spoils of vic­tory, Isis Green were run down by CCWS with only seven balls re­main­ing. Isis Green set a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 9 for 188 from their 40 overs, but a Jef­frey Hunter 63 and Jamie Solano’s un­beaten 44 led CCWS to vic­tory.

Norths sit atop the Di­vi­sion 3 Premier­ship lad­der with Isis Green third and Isis White mov­ing up to fifth.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

BIG HIT­TER: Norm Sch­leusener, 56, scored 148 not out for Isis Cricket Club on Satur­day. It is the first time an Isis player has scored a cen­tury since the club’s re-for­ma­tion in 2009.

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