Torquay under-15s young gun Bailey McDonald had a day to remember on Saturday, raising the bat for his maiden century.
As he struck the ball confidently to mid on to snare a single and bring up the milestone, it marked a memorable day and one that not too many cricketers get to taste, let alone doing it at 14. McDonald hit 18 boundaries on his way to notching up three figures.
His Dad, Mark, was absolutely stoked for his son.
He said he was getting pretty nervous as Bailey worked his way through the 90s, but as a Torquay cricketer himself, Mark was a proud father.
“It’s a pretty proud moment,” he said.
“He said he was a bit nervous as he got closer.
“The smile on his face (after the match) said it all, he was pretty happy, pretty proud of himself.”
Bailey and Mark regularly take to the field together, representing the Tigers in the lower grades on a Saturday afternoon.
Mark said it was really special to be able to play alongside his son and hoped Bailey remained at the club just as he did throughout his football and cricket journey.
“It’s really enjoyable.
“Hopefully he stays around the club for a while.”
McDonald retired on 101, forming a 168-run partnership with Austin Webb, who made 72.
The pair guided Torquay Colman to a comprehensive victory over Newtown & Chilwell Crane in the Geelong Cricket Association under-15 Emond division.
McDonald’s previous highest score was 45.