Fitting tribute to Thomas Brady
WHILE Steven Brady was making cricket history on Saturday, smashing the ball over every boundary at Albert Park, in the back of his mind was the memory of his uncle Thomas Brady, who died last week.
Brady's innings was the best seen at Albert Park in the past 50 years, according to Gympie Cricket President Bob Blackburn.
And not many people would argue the toss on that.
The innings of 177 included 14 sixes, 16 fours, and set a new Sunshine Coast one day cricket record.
The opening bat set about embarrassing Caloundra's bowling attack from the first over. In the twelfth over he bought up his hundred in under 40 balls, with a massive six from the grandstand end that landed on the Bruce Highway.
In his historic knock he only ran 29 runs and only three in the first hundred.
When Brady was finally out, leg before wicket, while trying to hit another six over the leg side, he walked triumphant from the field and accepted the adulation of the small crowd present.
He said he dedicated the incredible knock to his uncle Thomas Brady who, at 42, passed away last week.
“I have a funeral to go to Monday (yesterday),” Brady said.
“My uncle died.
“The innings was a bit of a tribute thing,” he said.
Despite the bittersweet nature of the knock Brady said he had never felt better in the middle.
“Its the natural way I play,” Brady said.
“I come out and smash ‘em – sometimes it pays off and other times I look like an idiot.
“Every six felt good today.
“The best shot all day was the one I hit on the highway to bring up my hundred,” he said.
Brady eclipsed Tewantin-Noosa batsman Chris Wright's previous record of 156 not out, which he scored against Nambour last season.
The Gold went on to make 365, well short of the record 4-424 set by Caloundra in 2004-05, before dismissing the Lighthouses for 214 to record a 142-run victory in the round 6 match.
Prior to this season Brady had played 70 matches for a total of 2031 runs with an average of 24.80. His previous highest score was 155 in a two-day match against Glasshouse in 2007-08.
Brady's brother Josh was also in fine form after returning from the Scorchers with the Johnson brothers, Lewis Waugh and Kaden Dickfos to play for the Gold on the weekend.
He took five wickets for 61 to make sure the Gold got the competition points.