Martyn Bates hit 108 on Saturday.
Martyn Bates hit 108 on Saturday.

Waves warriors blast past record

ALL the YMCA under 16s could do was stand and watch as Across The Waves openers Callum Stitt and Martyn Bates put on 284 in 26 overs on Saturday.

Good mates and Wide Bay representatives Stitt (176 not out) and Bates (108) used power and finesse to tear apart the YMCA bowling attack at Kendalls Flat — and even they could not believe how well they went.

“To score that quickly for so long was pretty unreal,” Stitt said.

“We both hit the ball pretty well, but didn’t really hit too many big sixes. We just batted smartly.”

It was Bates’ first century and Stitt’s second, and the biggest opening stand the Bundaberg junior cricket community can recall.

“Dad just said to go out there and try and score some runs,” Bates recalled.

“So I got to 50 and then set my sights on a hundred.”

His father and coach, Geoff Bates, was full of praise for his team.

“They’re a great side and have only lost one or two games in about five years,” he said.

“Our bowlers did a great job early and the YMCA boys never gave up trying, which was great.”

The wonderful weekend did not end there for Stitt.

He backed up for Waves’ division two side against Country Wests and smashed 108 to notch his second century in as many days.

Stitt did not give a chance until the last ball of the YMCA game, and reached 99 against Country Wests before being gifted his hundred from a dropped catch by Damien Curran.

Stitt’s father Noel, head coach at Waves, said it was the exposure to good cricket that was helping the juniors perform.

“The juniors that are good enough train and play a bit of seniors. It really prepares them for higher quality cricket and it shows in their performances in the junior competition,” he said.



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