NORM MAKES CLUB HISTORY
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.
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.