To steal a line from the movie Bull Durham, North Tamworth skipper Brendan Rixon hit a ball so far against West Tamworth at Riverside 1 on Saturday it should have had a “damn stewardess on it”.
The ball sailed over deep extra cover and the fence, moving Rixon to 129. Two runs later he spooned a simple catch to West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar at short midwicket off Shaun Stevenson’s bowling.
It was a meek ending to a fierce innings, in which he clubbed 14 fours and two sixes to record his highest score, surpassing the 124 not out he scored against City United at Riverside 2 a fortnight ago. Sandwiched between them was a second-ball duck against South Tamworth.
A hundred, then a duck, then a hundred. I'd like to be a little bit more consistentBrendan Rixon
His knock on day one of the two-dayer against an unbeaten West Tamworth propelled Norths to a 275 total after they won the toss.
Evan Brownsmith was next best with 49, while Stevenson (3-25 off 6.5 overs), Stuart Irwin (2-38 off 14 overs) and Brock Ridgewell (2-52 off 10 overs) were the chief West Tamworth destroyers.
In reply, Wests were 0-31 from four overs, with Harrison Kelly racing to 31 after smashing four boundaries and two sixes.
Rixon has scored 315 runs this season at an average of 63, yet he said: “A hundred, then a duck, then a hundred. I'd like to be a little bit more consistent. But it was good for the team to get a score today and to spend some time at the crease.”