Hayden Doherty scored 102 for the Wheatvale Cricket Club.
Hayden Doherty scored 102 for the Wheatvale Cricket Club.

Reluctant batsman schools the older men at the crease

CRICKET: Sometimes you've got to send a boy to do a man's job and young Hayden Doherty did just that when he scored a century for the Wheatvale Cricket Club against the Sovereign Animals at the weekend.

Wheatvale co-captain Jonno Colfs said none of the older blokes had any interest in opening the batting so the responsibility fell to Doherty.

"Lachlan Boal put his hand up to open but no one else wanted to go out with him,” Colfs said.

"Hayden was asked and flatly refused twice before Paul Cantwell said, 'looks like it's you mate.'

"Hayden said, 'Are you going to make me open?' to which we all replied 'yes.'

"Next thing you know we are 50 off about six overs.”

The partnership took the score to 125 before Boal was dismissed.

Doherty held his ground partnering with another three blokes before a cheeky single saw him hit the magic 100.

It's a feat that took the young man by surprise and he put it down the poor bowling effort fronted by the Animals.

"I wouldn't say the bowling was great. They weren't really hitting the spot, it was bit off,” he said.

"I got bounced a lot with balls targeting in my head, I don't think they were a deliberate target, they more just lost control, most of the bouncers were shocking deliveries. It was very hot and they were getting tied.”

The century was his first in senior cricket.

"I scored one back in under- 12s but that about it,” he said.

"It felt pretty good. I haven't really bowled this season, I batted a bit and got a few runs.”

The young cricketer is hoping he doesn't have to back up next weekend as the opener.

"We haven't got a set up, we go with whoever wants to, this week no one wanted to to do it.

Wheatvale declared at

4-249, with Doherty unbeaten on 102 while Sovereign were bowled out for 130.