Not losing a wicket in a day’s play will help win you most games of cricket and this is exactly what occurred on a glorious Saturday at Parkinson Oval.
Alex Ross came into the side, replacing debutant Sam Rahaley, for his first match with us since late November and some strong BBL performances with the Brisbane Heat but spent the day padded up to be next in, needing to get up only each time a piercing alarm in the adjacent Burnside rugby clubhouse inexplicably went off – three times.
Skipper Jake Brown (106no off 153 balls) hit the first three boundaries of the day but Englishman Adam Hose (175no off 200 balls) then began to score more freely and impose himself on the game with the innings we’d known he was capable of producing. Including two boundaries the previous Saturday while with nightwatchman Elliot Opie before his dismissal late in the day, Hose’s innings featured 22 fours and 4 sixes, while Brown hit 12 fours and a six, as they compiled a staggering and near-chanceless unbeaten partnership of 284 over the course of 57.1 overs.
Session by session, the pair compiled 97 off the 28 overs before lunch, 145 off the 24 overs between lunch and tea – including a rapid 96 off 10.5 punished overs after the drinks break, which had been taken early while one of several ball searches took place in and around the creek at the southern end – and 40 in just four overs after tea.
Hose brought up his 100 off 148 balls in 192 minutes and his 150 off 189 balls in 245 minutes, while Brown – pictured being congratulated by Hose – reached his 100 off 150 balls in 237 minutes, shortly before Hose scored the boundary that took the Browns to 3/304 and past Southern District’s 10/301 for a win that had looked unlikely at 3/20 let alone with all seven wickets from day two’s start of play still intact.