Loaned bat a game changer
LEHMAN Brunjes borrowed a cricket bat to score the first-ever century in South Burnett under 19 cricket.
Brunjes punished Bundaberg's bowling attack on his way to a score of 114 not out using a bat he first picked up day earlier playing for Murgon A grade.
The willow was loaned to Brunjes by his cousin after he lost his cricket gear in a house fire.
Now Brunjes is wondering if maybe he should borrow the bat for the rest of the season.
"Nah it goes pretty well, second time I've used it I hit 100, so might hang on to it," he said.
It was a remarkable innings at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval on Sunday that was played in searing heat.
"I was out there for at least 40 overs, that would be about three hours," he said.
"That's my best score in representative cricket."
Not only was it Brunjes' best score, it was South Burnett's best ever score for an under 19 player.
No one had ever reached triple figures before in the representative team's history.
Brunjes' form had been nothing spectacular leading up to Sunday's clash and he had to work hard to get in the groove.
"I was a bit scratchy at first, I just find it hard to get my eye in and start to get a feel for it," he said.
"I've been like that with all my other games so far this year; I think that's probably because I haven't been to the nets yet.
"I wasn't really scoring any; I was just working it around and picking up runs.
"I got a few to start off with, a few easy ones just down past the keeper but nothing that I really liked, what I like to hit."
But something clicked for Brunjes around 15 overs into his innings.
"That cover drive, the first cover drive for four. That's when I started getting the feel for it.
"I hit a six to cow corner, just over mid wicket.
"I was seeing it pretty well and it turned out alright in the end."
Bundaberg tried to mix up their bowling attack but nothing could stop Brunjes from finishing the innings unbeaten.
"A few of their bowlers were a bit sharp but they bowled spin most overs."
"It comes on really well to the spinners here; I got most of my runs to spinners."
And the pitch had no demons for the top scorer.
"It was really good out there, a few kept low but that was about it."
"It started to deteriorate a little bit at the end but the pitch is holding up well."
Brunjes will be back in action for Murgon Crusaders in the South Burnett A grade division.
He also plays for the South Burnett open division representative team and will be part of the team in the Goodchild Shield later this year.
For more details on the under-19 match see page 21.