IT was an innings to remember for Willaston A2 cricketer Trent Payne when he smashed 18 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 147 against Angaston just before the Christmas break.
Chasing the Blues’ first innings of 144, Payne entered at number five with the Donnybrooks requiring just 24 runs to secure victory.
After surpassing the total, and with the Donnybrooks electing to bat on, Payne unleashed on the Blues’ attack.
“I got off the mark with a six,” he said.
“It was a pretty hot day, and I couldn’t be stuffed running.
“I’m usually a slogger anyway and I thought I’d try my luck.”
As Payne continued his onslaught, he even tried to influence which bowlers would bowl to him.
“Johnny Butcher bowled one over to the other fellas and went for 20,” he said.
“I wanted to get him to bowl to me, but he wasn’t having a bar of it.”
However, it was Angaston’s Tom Jackaman who copped the worst punishment – conceding an astonishing 97 runs from just five overs – but Payne said it was just bad luck for him.
“He actually wasn’t bowling that bad.
I was just charging him, and he was getting a bit unlucky,” he said.
Payne confirmed that his unbeaten 147 surpassed his previous high score of 129 not out.
The game was well and truly over when Payne went on his spree, but the century-maker confirmed why the Donnybrooks continued to bat after securing the victory.
“This is my first year playing for Willaston, but apparently in previous years Angaston has bowled us out for 40 and made us field all day, so we gave them a bit of their own medicine,” he said.