Brothers stalwart Jarrod Laycock smashed a top-grade career-best 160 in their Rum City Foods Intra Cup ninth round clash with Hervey Bay when Bundaberg Cricket fixtures resumed after the Christmas-New Year recess at Salter Oval on Saturday.
But they had to settle for draw points with the winless Royals who were 1-28 after 4.5 overs in reply when rain set in and ultimately forced the abandonment of all matches on the afternoon.
East Bundy Magpies were also denied a shot at victory against Norths, who had imploded to be 4-10 after 9.1 overs after having bowled their opponents out for a paltry total of 113.
Brothers were in early trouble at 2-20 but recovered magnificently to reach 8-309 from their 45 overs, thanks mainly to Jarrod and Queensland representative 17-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman Eddie Ryan, who combined in a third wicket partnership of 203.
Opener Eddie, who had endured a horror run with the bat, scoring a total of 59 in his previous 11 club innings this season, struck form, notching his maiden top-grade half-century, with 56 from 101 balls.
Jarrod scored his second century against the Bay this season, facing just 102 balls and dispatching 18 fours and seven sixes, including one to bring up his century.
Meanwhile, sent in to bat in difficult conditions after overnight rain, the Magpies also recovered from 2-6, with Jayden Larsen (42) and opener Gavin Scott (28) combining in a 68-run alliance.
But Jayden’s exit triggered another alarming collapse of 8-39 as fifth change bowler Shannon Smith (4-28) and veteran spinner Bruce Worthington (2-24) cut a swathe of destruction through the innings.
However East unleashed with the ball and bowled themselves into a winning position at 4-10, with Norths’ batting guns Todd Sommerfeld, Blyton Prendergast, and Brendan Handley each falling cheaply.
Queensland Country fast bowler Arden Lankowski claimed 3-5 from his five overs and took the catch for the other wicket in an inspired display.
With six of 15 rounds remaining, the wash-out draws leaves status quo in the race for second, third and fourth positions, with the unbeaten Waves on 42 points, Brothers second on 27, followed by East 21 and Norths 15, with the Bay picking up their first match points to move to three.
Softball fixtures will resume this weekend.
At Bargara, local Tim Lennox, who won two Bundaberg Parkruns last month, was victorious in a time of 20:33, beating Orange visitor Joel Broadfoot by 29 seconds.
Here are the scores and results:
RUM CITY FOODS INTRA CUP
BROTHERS 8-309 (Jarrod Laycock 160, Eddie Ryan 56, Matt Jackson 26, Justin Frohling 9-1-31-3, Brent Firth-Meldrum 9-0-48-3) drew HERVEY BAY 1-28.
EAST BUNDY MAGPIES 113 (Jayden Larsen 42, Gavin Scott 28, Shannon Smith 7-1-28-4, Bruce Worthington 7.3-0-24-2, Nathan Van Eekeren 6-3-7-1, Chris Napper 4-1-13-1, Damian Turner 5-0-19-1) drew NORTHS 4-10 (Arden Lankowski 5-2-5-3, Dale Steele 4.1-1-5-1).
NORTHS 2-107 (John Van Lierop 60, Shaun Pinney 30no) d BROTHERS 103 (Jackson Rehbein 36, Damian O’Neall 3-16, Mick Penny 2-8).
EAST BUNDY MAGPIES 6-164 (Troy Cross 59, Hayden Pope 33, Ben Davey 31, Sean Stuchbery 4-40) d WAVES 143 (Lachlan Donovan 2-21, Ben Davey 2-23).
YMCA 3-72 (Greg Brady 29no, Bharat Kumarat 2-14) drew EAST BUNDY MAGPIES.
Results Saturday 2 January – 5km Run/Walk – 92 finishers – Top 10: 1 Tim Lennox 20:33, 2 Joel Broadfoot 21:02, 3 Richard Koech 21:33, 4 Jethro Stone 22:09, 5 Lauren Maher-Allan 22:15, 6 Les Czislowski 22:57, 7 Unknown, 8 David Hooker 23:42, 9 Jason Lyons 23:44, 10 Graham O’Shanesy 23:44.
Bargara Parkrun is a free weekly timed event held every Saturday morning at 7am at Nielson Park Bargara. Newcomers always welcome. To register, go to https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/
Results Saturday 2 January – 5km Run/Walk – 59 finishers – Top 10: 1 Kate McLennan 20:59, 2 Adam Baxter 22:48, 3 Laurie Stallan 23:55, 4 Stephen Jedra 24:06, 5 Tony Ryan 24:21, 6 Scott Anderson 24:57, 7 Greg Messenger 25:23, 8 Kate Cook 25:30, 9 Sandra Bunyoung 26:18, 10 Sarah Dinham 26:55.
Bundaberg Park run is a free weekly timed event held every Saturday morning at 7am at Queen’s Park, end of Hope Street. Newcomers always welcome. To register, go to https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/