Laanecoorie Dunolly captain Jayden Templeton has hit the first century of the Maryborough District Cricket Association 2017-18 season and in turn saved his side from a disaster against Colts Phelans.
A captain’s knock in the truest sense of the term, Templeton’s even score of 100 has catapulted his side from a position of weakness to a position of power with Dunolly now boasting a score of 202 to protect on day two of the clash at Deledio Park this coming weekend.
To say that Laane required an innings of stature would be an understatement with Templeton coming to the crease when the homeside was at 3/43, after Liam Mottram (5), Nathan Leist (3) and Nathan Nikolic (17) all failed to shift to bigger scores.
From Laane’s position of 3/43, Templeton did not leave the crease until his side’s total had surpassed 200, batting through over 60 overs in an epic innings. While personally finding runs, Templeton was forced to wait to find a batting partner who could stay at the crease with him. He put on a 21- run stance with his brother Brady Templeton (3) and a 29-run partnership with Ryan Potter (12) but with Brady Williams (0) and Steven Dellavedova (4) struggling, it was not until the ninth wicket that Templeton had a partner who could go the distance.
Zac Pollinelli was that batsman, providing the assistance his captain so desperately needed with a stoic 15 not out as held down his end and left the scoring to Templeton.
The pair put on 82 runs for the ninth wicket, taking Laane from 8/119 to 201 before Templeton was finally removed for 100 when bowled by Kane Shepherd while pursuing quick runs.
It was the last of his chances after he was dropped on two, 60 and 95, leaving Colts to rue missed opportunities.
“I’m very pleased with the innings, but to help the team was the most pleasing thing,” Templeton said.
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