Knight’s big day a club record

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JAMES BRESNEHAN

NATHAN Fre­itag was just try­ing to help King­bor­ough re­bound from a bat­ting dis­as­ter a week ear­lier — lit­tle did he know he would do that by smash­ing a CTPL club record 219 against Glenorchy on Satur­day.

Af­ter a du­bi­ous start, the 28-year-old Knights skip­per put the Mag­pies to the sword, ham­mer­ing an un­beaten 219 runs, 130 of them in bound­aries.

“It’s a bit sur­real,” Fre­itag said. “I never thought I’d make a score like that. It’s a club record so I am very hon­oured to hold the record.

“The week be­fore we got bowled out for 88, which wasn’t too pleas­ing as a cap­tain. For me, it was great to bounce back the way we did. It was re­ally im­pres­sive.”

Fre­itag is now in his fourth sea­son at King­bor­ough, hav­ing moved from Vic­to­ria.

His pre­vi­ous best score was 144 play­ing re­gional cricket for Cen­trals in Gipp­s­land, and 138 for Casey South Mel­bourne in first grade.

His dou­ble ton got off to a shaky start. “It was a bit scratchy early — I got dropped when I was on 10 and then again on 12,” he said.

“The Glenorchy bowlers bowled re­ally well in the first two ses­sions so it was re­ally hard go­ing for me and Dy­lan Hay [58].

“As the day went on the pitch got a bit flat­ter and the bowlers got a bit more tired.

“So [coach] Clive Rose [98 not out] and I were able to cash in.”

King­bor­ough’s goal is to make the fi­nals and chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

“We’ve got a lot of young play­ers and we are work­ing at get­ting more and more first grade games into them,” he said.

“I’d like to see the likes of Dy­lan Hay, Rhys Ward, Cam Whealtey and Clive play Sec­ond XI and first class cricket — that’s the big goal for our club, to try and pro­duce first class crick­eters.”

Fre­itag’s crack­ing knock drew the at­ten­tion of state se­lec­tors but he is not get­ting his hopes high.

“If that hap­pens, it hap­pens,” he said.

“It’s al­ways the dream, but for me I like to see my mates and team­mates push their case and suc­ceed.”

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