By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT'S funny what advice kids choose to listen to and what they choose to ignore.
Only a day after being told by a surgeon that he's allowed to play cricket but only if he takes it easy, Tim Anderson went out to bat in his under 13s match and promptly went about smashing his maiden century.
The Diggers Tornadoes batsman very rarely gets nervous before an innings but admitted to a few butterflies before his innings against the Colts as he wasn't sure how his broken finger would handle wielding the willow.
Anderson need not have worried as he was asked to retire when he reached his half century as all under under 13s players are asked to do.
At the end of the innings, the John Paul College student was allowed to go back in as a not out batsman and promptly went about destroying the Colts bowling attack.
With 13 boundaries and four sixes to his name, Anderson finished up with an unbeaten 113 next to his name.
"I only got the plaster off on Friday but the finger didn't start to hurt until I was in the 90s," the 13-year-old said.
"It felt pretty good to make a century though."
Anderson knows that it was the help of a tailender at the end of the innings that helped reach the magical figure for the first time.
Jason Robson was there at there at the end and he teamed with Anderson for an 80-run ninth wicket partnership of which Robson offered only 11 runs but as far as reaching milestones go, they were a very important 11 runs for Anderson.
As a member of this year's under 14 representative team that won the inter-district title, it looks like Anderson isn't far away from making a real name for himself at Diggers, a club that is building a reputation for giving younger players a crack at senior cricket in a players early years.