HUGE EFFORT: Ryan Kelly from Kumbia Cricket Club on his way to 200.
HUGE EFFORT: Ryan Kelly from Kumbia Cricket Club on his way to 200. Matt Collins

Kelly's double century effort for Kumbia

CRICKET When Ryan Kelly padded up for Kumbia Cricket Club Saturday morning, not even he could have predicted what was in store for him that day.

Kumbia's B Grade won the toss against the Services team and decided to bat.

Opening batsman Fairbairn went cheaply after being caught and bowled for 7 and Laherty was cleaned bowled for only 3.

But little did the Services side know, this would prove to be the end of their celebrations for the day.

When Kumbia captain Ryan Kelly walked out to face his first ball, Services were in high spirits and predicting another cheap wicket.

Sadly, this was not to eventuate.

Kelly scored this year's highest innings in the South Burnett B Grade competition with 200.

"I was pretty happy, I hadn't even scored a hundred before that," he said.

Kelly very quickly settled in and he was seeing the ball like a watermelon.

No matter what the Services bowlers through at him, Kelly would find the boundary with ease.

"I hit 10 sixes and 21 fours," he said.

In one of the great captain's knocks, Kelly's 200 helped the Kumbia team finish with a total of 7 for 358 off 40 overs.

Besides Kelly's double ton, other standout batters were Roger Hoare with 48.

Best bowler for Services was Simpson who picked up two wickets for 54 off his eight overs.

In reply, Services were never in the hunt and were all out for 148 off 33 overs.

Best batters in a losing Services team were Kelly with 34 runs and Peters with 29.

Best bowler for Kumbia was Wright who finished the impressive figures of 2 for 23 off his five overs.

But the real standout for the day was Kumbia's captain.

Kelly remained humble after his extraordinary knock.

"Once I hit the hundred I was just out their to hit it around," he said.

"By that stage it was just hit or get out, a bit of luck came my way."

In A-grade cricket the Murgon Crusaders defeated the Southern District Devils as part of the Gympie Cricket Association competition. 

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