BEGA/ANGLEDALE Bull Andrew Dedman set a near-record pace in achieving a huge century on Saturday.
With the Bulls going up against the Pambula Bluedogs, it took Dedman just 41 deliveries to score 101 runs.
Late last year, the international record for the fastest century was secured by New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson who managed the task in 36 deliveries.
Dedman was an unstoppable force in the first innings demolition of the Bluedogs line-up, which included 31 runs from just one over.
Bulls captain Dave Allen said it was a marvellous feat.
“[Dedman] reached his century in just 41 balls with a towering six on to the nearby basketball court,” Allen said.
Allen described Dedman as “possible Australia’s tallest wicketkeeper-batsman” and said after the top order had laid a solid foundation, the Bulls were well on their way to a winning total.
Dedman’s thrilling stint at the crease finished at 134.
Spectators were in awe of the effort, which included 14 sixes and six fours.
Allen said he was extremely impressed and combined with solid batting performances from Cody Hazelgrove-Danvers and Brad Moon, the Bulls were able to declare early on 280 runs.
With 20 overs to go and an imposing score ahead of it, Allen said Pambula employed a few tactics to get a good start for the second innings.
“The Bluedogs decided to send in a few lower order players to try and save wickets for next week’s run chase.
“For a while this tactic worked, as openers Cory Mitchell and Tom Baker saw off the new ball and Bulls’ pace spearhead Wayne Dunham.
“The introduction of Bega/Angledale’s 12-year-old leg-spinner [Jack Allen] turned the game on its head though.
“Jack took four wickets in six overs with the Pambula batsmen struggling to pick him, leaving the Bluedogs reeling at four for 27 at stumps,” Allen said.
Next week Pambula will be looking to its in-form batsmen Dylan Cook and the ever-dangerous Shane Garrett to try to whittle away the Bulls lead, Allen said.
Meanwhile, the Bulls will be aiming for quick wickets to set up an outright victory.
“It should be an interesting day’s cricket,” Allen said.
In other cricket news, registrations are still open for today’s Twenty20 Blast come and try event at Berrambool from 5pm.
“Boys and girls of all ages are welcome and all the gear is provided,” Allen said.
“The kids will experience the fun of the Twenty20 Big Bash they see on TV with music and lots of action.”
Visit the Far South Coast Cricket Association website for more info www.fscca.nsw .cricket.com.au.
Another session will run next week if you miss the registration deadline.