Grogan strokes 185
BUNDABERG’S senior cricketers should take a leaf out of Steven Grogan’s book.
While the open representative side has been under the microscope for poor behaviour and a string of bad performances, Grogan and his team-mates have been invincible, cantering into the under-16 Wide Bay final on the back of his batting efforts.
The Bundaberg captain came to the crease against Gympie with his side in trouble at 2-4, but walked back to the pavilion more than 40 overs later with 185 runs to his name.
Even when he was on 170, Grogan continued to push quick singles and call his much fresher batting partners through for a third run — it was a magnificent innings.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it much, just hitting the ball. I think my grandmother (who was an onlooker) was more nervous than I was,” Grogan, who plays for YMCA, said.
The number three was charging towards his double century before being cruelly run out at the non-striker’s end by a fluke deflection by the bowler.
“He was robbed of his 200, but I think he’d done enough running,” BJC’s Noel Stitt said.
The most recent junior score like it was Brayden Webb’s double century for Brothers under-16 in 2002, while current division one Brothers captain David Boge was a double centurion in the late 1980s.