Min­i­mum ef­fort in knock, Max re­ward

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TERRY WIL­SON terry.wil­son@news.com.au

DASH­ING Tweed Coast prod­uct Max Bryant has turned on what his Gold Coast Dol­phins coach Damian Wal­lis de­scribed as one of the best in­nings he has seen.

Bryant, 19, smacked a chance­less 134 (92 de­liv­er­ies) as the Dol­phins beat Red­lands in a Bris­bane Premier grade one-day match at Bill Pip­pen Oval on Satur­day.

The Aus­tralian un­der-19 rep and con­tracted Queens­land Bulls opener etched his name into the Dol­phin s his­tory books with his knock that in­cluded 14 fours and seven sixes – an amaz­ing 98 runs hit from bound­aries.

“For pure hit­ting and tim­ing it was cer­tainly up there with the best knock I’ve seen,” Wal­lis said.

“They were all qual­ity shots, pure cricket shots.”

Bryant’s score was the third high­est one-day score made by a Dol­phins player, be­hind only club le­gends An­drew Symonds (168) and An­drew Robin­son (146 not out).

The Dol­phins fin­ished on 7-361, the high­est 50-over score for the club, eclips­ing the 4-351 in sea­son 1994-95.

A 147-run stand be­tween Bryant and Michael Neser (94) was a club one-day record for the third wicket and the 113 stand be­tween Neser and Max Houla­han (67) was a record for the fourth wicket.

Red­lands were out for 227 from 40 overs with Matt Kuh­ne­mann tak­ing 4-61.

Un­for­tu­nately the runs dried up for the Dol­phins in an­other one-dayer away to North­ern Sub­urbs at Ian Healy Oval in Bris­bane.

Bat­ting first the Dol­phins made 207 from 47 overs thanks to tailen­ders Kuh­ne­mann (49) and Xavier Bartlett (42) af­ter be­ing 7-102.

Bryant hit 22 off as many de­liv­er­ies. In re­ply, Norths tal­lied 2-208 to leave the Dol­phins with a 2-2 sea­son start.

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Dol­phins star Michael Neser steams in af­ter the ear­lier bat­ter­ing de­liv­ered by Max Bryant (in­set).

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