100th 100 for Quinns
IT'S not often a bowler makes a ton batting at number eight, and it's even rarer that the same bowler takes six wickets in the same match.
But that's exactly what Harlequins' bowler Craig Sorrell did in his team's outright win against Wests on Saturday.
The redhead quick had taken two wickets in Wests' first innings when the Quinns bundled out Wests for 68. He was then not out 38 at the end of play.
Last Saturday Sorrell returned to the crease and notched his first A Grade 100.
It was also the Harlequins Club's 100th 100 since the club was born in 1952.
Sorrell and Mark Smith (13) also broke the club's 45-year-old ninth-wicket partnership record of 84.
Their stand was 86.
Harlequins' spokesman Peter Kross said it was amazing the record was broken on exaclty the same day and month it had been set 45 years ago: January 14, 1967.
When Harlequins were finally all out they had amassed 302 runs, giving Wests 234 to catch before being able to make the Quinns bat again.
Sorrell was in fine form with the ball snaring four wickets to bring his total for the match to six.
Wests were all out for 105. Only Dereck Durie (25) and Steve Camillo (23) held on for Wests, but after they fell the rest of the team collapsed.
Sorrell said he had a bit of luck reaching his first century.
"I gave away a chance at about 46," Sorrell said.
"Thankfully the ball went between two players in the slips. I was pretty nervous, but glad to get there in the end. I was getting tired."
Sorrell paid tribute to number nine bat Mark Smith for his composure during the innings.
"I couldn't have done it without Mark. We put on 86 together and he gave me
confidence to keep going," Sorrell said.
He also thanked captain Dean Chandler for not declaring. "I think everyone was happy just to sit back and watch," he said.