Stuchbery blasts maiden century

CRICKET: Dynamic Across The Waves (ATW) all-rounder Sean Stuchbery smashed his maiden Division 1 century after years of trying in their NewsMail Cup last-round clash with Country/Wests on Saturday.

Lightning and heavy rain around 2pm ended both Division 1 games early but not before the aggressive right-hander had plundered 113 from just 74 balls against a hapless attack.

Stuchbery, who turned 31 a week earlier, has been an integral member of ATW top-grade sides since graduating from their junior ranks14 years ago, apart from spending a couple of years living in England.

He had spent most of his career as a middle to lower-order batsman with his main role in the side being as a crafty leg spinner, but he has relished the promotion to opener this season.

Stuchbery struck the first ball of the innings for four and he brought up his century in similar fashion, amassing a total of four sixes and 15 fours before miscuing a shot and being caught.

Stuchbery said his only previous century had been years ago in under-16 and his previous best in Division 1 had been an unbeaten 88 in the first round of the Sugar Cities Challenge in October.

With his contribution, ATW had raced to 5-221 in 31.3 overs, but while they were denied a shot at another crushing victory, they will go into this Sunday's Cup final clash with Brothers with plenty of confidence and full of confidence.

In the other match on Saturday, Norths looked headed for another batting route when they slumped to 3-8 against Brothers, but they fought back to salvage some batting respect to reach 6-119 in 38.4 overs before the weather intervened.

Ashley Williams top scored with 37, but first-season senior player Peter Howard, batting at No. 5, gave them the starch they have been so badly lacking, repelling the attack for 92 balls and being unconquered on 33.

Meanwhile, Bundaberg will spend another year in the Wide Bay Goodchild Trophy wilderness after their last-round clash with Fraser Coast, which had been scheduled for Maryborough yesterday, was washed out.

After losing their first two games, Bundaberg needed a resounding win in the match to  be any chance of progressing to the final.

ATW 5-221 (Sean Stuchbery 113, Brendan Prossliner 42, Andrew Gear 3-1-16-2, Steve Nichols 6.3-0-36-2) drew Country.
Norths 6-119 (Ashley Williams 37, Peter Howard 33no, Matt Turich 6-1-15-2) drew Brothers.

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