MICK Heymer has barely picked up his bat in recent weeks, yet he tore the Central Highlands bowlers apart to score Gladstone a win with a brilliant century.
Trying to lift Gladstone to a home final in the representative race, Heymer compiled 109 not out in humid conditions at Sun Valley Oval.
The long knock left him tired and sore after the match, but he maintained a smile on his face.
"It was good to score runs again and I was hitting them well from the start," Heymer said.
"Last time I batted was five or six weeks ago."
The spell away from the crease obviously didn't hurt Heymer, and he will hope the future will bring the same fortune.
Another week off for Australia Day next week will add to the Christmas break and a run of bad weather interrupting his club play with The Glen.
The next step is to wait and see if Gladstone will get a home final, which depends on Rockhampton's result with Callide Valley.
Heymer said he believed his team deserved a place in the final.
"It is good. The boys have played a couple of good games," he said.
"I was tired but we had to get over 200."
Heymer's hundred pushed Gladstone's total to 226.
It was an innings in which every run had to be earned in the difficult and sapping conditions.
The century maker said he was feeling every bit come the last Central Highlands wicket.
"I am very sore. It was bloody hot today," he said.
Gladstone 5/226 (50)
Dylan Cross- 13, Josh Hall- 9, Jason Seng- 40, Mick Heymer- 109*, Terry Sawyer- 12, Dave Heymer- 7, Matt Shallcross- 18*
J. Iker- 10- 2/50, N. Suell- 10- 0/41, S. Cullen- 10- 0/46, R. Smith- 10- 0/43, C. Keene- 10- 2/38
Central Highlands 10/92 (29.3)
C. Cullen- 2, C. Keene- 0, S. Harris- 21, C. O'Shea- 10, M. Langan- 17, S. Cullen- 15, N. Suell- 0, R. Smith- 0, J. Iker- 12, J. Galbraith- 0*, T. Paradies- 0
Chad Gilmour- 6.3- 3/14, Tyran Eggmolesse- 3- 1/11, Jason Seng- 5- 1/14, Josh Grieving- 5- 1/8, Dave Heymer- 5- 0/11, Waqar Yunus- 5- 4/27