Sawtell skipper Kel McMillan scores a century
Sawtell skipper Kel McMillan scores a century

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WITH injury ruling out their captain Todd Gill, Sawtell's Kel McMillan took the stand-in leadership role by the horns on Saturday scoring the first century of the season as his team amassed a massive total against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts. Opening the batting, McMillan led from the front scoring a masterful ton that included 11 boundaries and a six. McMillan had a nervous wait before reaching triple figures though as he went to the tea break on 99 not out. Finally dismissed for 106 off 136 balls, McMillan combined with Matt Bailey (30) and Alex Pearson (27) as the top order ensured a large total was going to be posted. "The top three set up the day for us," McMillan said. "When you're 1-150, you know you're looking at a reasonable total no matter what goes wrong after that." When McMillan was dismissed, the PBBC Colts were staging a fightback having taken 3-15 in five overs but there were some very useful contributions down the order that ensured the Colts spent a long day in the field as the home side reached their final total of 330. Chris Neal, Angus Garland and Glen Johnson all continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over through the afternoon gloom that engulfed the area like paparazzi flocks to a drunken celebrity. The Sawtell boys took full advantage of the usual batsman's dream that is created each week at their home ground and McMillan admitted to being particularly pleased with the work of curator Arthur Smart. "It was an all right start for me, you'd take 106 every week wouldn't you?" added the stand-in skipper. "I made sure I bought Arthur a beer after the game." Despite chasing leather all around the ground, at no stage did the boys from Park Beach throw in the towel. Jeremy Few and Shayne O'Dell both snared three wickets each for the Colts but their captain Matt Rose had particular praise for Andrew Murray and Matt Francis. "Kiwi (Murray) was probably the pick of our bowlers," he said. "We asked him to bowl pretty defensively and he did a good job while Matt Francis gave his all like he always does." What pleased Rose the most as a new captain was the attitude of his team when things were looking grim. "We just kept on trying hard all day," he said. "Everyone was supporting each other all day right to the end of the day." While the large total of 330 puts Sawtell squarely in the box seat, McMillan believes a nightmare from last season will mean that no-one in his team will take it easy next week. "330 is a gettable score and that was proven last year," he said remembering when Sawtell had a similar total chased down. "I'm sure the boys memories aren't that short, so I don't think anyone will turn up thinking the game's already over."

sawtell skipper Kel McMillan laid the foundations for a solid first innings total when he scored a century against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts at Richardson Park on Saturday. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 05101016A

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