Troy Webster blasts quick 111
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
RAIN again hampered Gladstone Cricket A grade fixtures on Saturday, but not before Yaralla captain Troy Webster blasted a quick-time 111 against Calliope at Bunting Park.
The match remained unfinished with Calliope facing just one over before the heavens opened up but Webster ensured he did not waste what play was available, blasting his way to the first century of the 2005/06 season.
Stepping to the wicket with the score at 1-6 following the early dismissal of Mick Lovegrove (5), Webster began slowly before increasing the tempo, adding 161 runs for the second wicket with patient opener Rob Johnson (42).
After guiding his side to 1-77 off 17 overs at the drinks break, Webster opened his shoulders during the second half of the innings, punishing anything short or wide but also plenty of deliveries that weren't.
His innings featured 12 boundaries and a stunning five sixes, including three off successive Garry Eddy deliveries, with Yaralla reaching 194 before he finally lost his wicket when impressive paceman Scott Tippet snuck a delivery through Webster's guard, clipping his pad before collecting a bail to bring the onslaught to an end.
Webster's brother Grant kept the runs flowing over the final overs of the innings, finishing unbeaten on 27, including two sixes of his own, as the Reds reached an imposing total of 3-212 off their allotted 35 overs.
Tippet was the pick of the home side's bowling attack, finishing with 2-29 off seven overs while Dan Williams put aside the setback of dropping Troy Webster off a sharp chance when his score was just 10 to finish with 0-21 off seven.
Teenager Cory Matthews was the only other Calliope wickettaker, finishing with 1-33 off five overs.
Troy Webster was pleased to have found the middle of the bat on such a regular basis, as he prepared for yesterday's Central Queensland Championships representative clash with Biloela.
His effort is all the more impressive considering the limited opportunity he has had to find form with the bat this season.
'It was pretty good considering I've not had a bat for so long,'' Webster said.'It was good to get in the middle and just have a whack around.
'My aim was just to go out there and hit out and everything came off well.' Webster also praised Rob Johnson's performance.
'Johnno batted really well,'' he said. 'He batted for 29 overs and was the mainstay of the innings. He stayed there while there were a few (deliveries) popping around with the new ball.'