Gear goes on a rampage
GYMPIE junior cricket has produced spectacular performances this season, but few come even close to toppling the Herculean efforts of Ben Gear at the weekend.
Gear, 15, made an impressive 257 runs not out in a 50 over under 16 junior cricket game Saturday.
Included in the 257 run haul was an enviable collection of fours and, amazingly, 21 sixes.
Gear’s father, Russell, scored the match and was proud of his son’s achievement.
“He was batting with a lot of aggression and did extremely well,” he said.
Gear’s team batted first and finished on 5 for 394 – an imposing total that unsurprisingly carried his side to a clinical victory.
Ben was retired from the game to give his team mates a go with the bat, but was later brought back into the side as the wickets continued to fall.
With one wicket remaining before the team was dismissed, Ben teamed up team mate with Ben Seeney to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Russell said Seeney was deserving of a lot of credit, making 48 not out.
“Ben really held up the other end,” he said.
“He helped Ben stay in to make the runs and showed plenty of form himself to make 48 not out.”
Ben Gear’s latest success with the bat continues a season full of big totals for the exciting junior cricketer, who also plays Reserve grade for Colts.
He made 106 before Christmas and backed that up with a century for the C grade Colts outfit.
Playing in the Under 15 Wide Bay team to contest the State Championships earlier this season, Ben made 180 in Charters Towers and averaged a striking 90 runs from four matches.
As Ben went on a frenzied scoring spree, juniors from nearby fields gathered to watch the show.
“He was smashing lots of sixes and the kids were happy to watch,” Russell said.
The key to Ben’s form this season has been regular coaching from former second division Scorchers coach John Cavanagh, who lives in Tin Can Bay.
It’s a partnership that is showing plenty signs of producing more success before the season reaches its conclusion.