Tom pulls Lever on Past Highs
CRICKET: Tom Lever returned home to smash a stunning century and spearhead Brothers to a big win over competition leaders Past Highs in their Bundaberg Division 2 clash on Saturday.
The Bundaberg born and bred 27-year-old was a late starter in cricket and previously played for the club in Division 3 before taking up a teaching position in North Queensland.
He visited the city last month as manager of the Peninsula team which finished runner-up at the Queensland Schools 14 years and under championships.
Lever is home again for the school holidays, and he came in on Saturday with Brothers in trouble at 5-108 in the 29th of their 40 overs, and after scoring just three from his first 10 balls, he launched an amazing display of power hitting.
He despatched nine sixes and nine fours before holing out on the first ball of the last over, lifting the total to 7-252.
Lever said he scored his maiden century in Ingham and also cracked one for his Cairns club Rovers earlier this season but it was his first ton in Bundaberg.
He also opened the bowling and claimed two big wickets in his 2-17, while Warren Shipley and Paul Gray each also struck twice as Brothers wrapped up a 114-run victory.
Meanwhile, Across The Waves (ATW) restricted Norths to a modest 9-133 in the other Division 2 match with Fraser Adamson taking 3-15.
But they collapsed to 6-42 before Scotsman Graeme Black and former club president Noel Stitt put them on the brink of victory with a 79-run partnership.
Black fell for 46 but Stitt went on to finish unbeaten on 35, while for Norths, their opening bowler and club president Jeff Morley was outstanding, removing danger men Callum Stitt and Dean Marles early on and adding the scalp of Black for figures of 3-23.
In the one Division 1 match which was played on Saturday, Country/Wests finally put it all together to end a seven-match losing streak, amassing 8-249 from their 50 overs against Norths, then dismissing them for 175.
No. 4 Steve Nichols continued his fine form, top scoring with 61 in a good team performance, while work-horse John Lowe and Andrew Gear shared the bowling honours with three wickets each.
New opener Ian Lenkeit notched a game-high 67 for Norths but only two of his team-mates also posted double-figures.
D1: Country 8-249 (Steve Nichols 61, Phil Proctor 38, Damien Shield 43, Liam Denning 10-2-31-2, Bruce Worthington 10-1-47-2) d Norths 175 (Ian Lenkeit 67, Dave Randall 37, Shaun Rose 35, John Lowe 7-1-17-3, Andrew Gear 7-0-31-3, Steve McKenzie 3.1-0-11-2).
D2: Brothers 7-252 (Tom Lever 114, Warren Shipley 39, Allan Vincent 8-2-20-3, Brent Gibson 8-0-65-2) d Past Highs 138 (Lachlan Donovan 48no, Paul Gray 6-2-16-2, Lever 5-1-17-2, Shipley 7-0-42-2); ATW 7-136 (Graeme Black 46, Noel Stitt 35no, Jeff Morley 8-0-23-3, Josh Long 8-0-23-3) d Norths 9-133 (Trevor Glass 41, Jeff Irwin 33, Fraser Adamson 4-0-15-3, Stitt 8-1-25-2).