Finley veteran reaches maiden century

January 17, 2018

It was a special moment for Finley’s veteran opener Daniel Hibberd on Saturday, scoring his first career century against Cobram-Yarroweyah United in Finley.

Finley has been in a two-season long slump in the Premier Division and were not only treated to one century but two in what has been their best performance of the season.

Hibberd (121 not out) and English import Daniel McHugh (107) guided the Cats with an inspirational 191 partnership.

It was the first century scored by Hibberd in his 21 years of senior cricket — his previous high score being 70.

Hibberd said it was an ‘‘unbelievable moment’’.

‘‘I knew early on I was in with a chance once I got settled in,’’ he said.

‘‘I was caught off a no-ball so there was a bit of luck early on.

‘‘I didn’t go through the nervous nineties because I was so focused on scoring quickly.

‘‘I’m certain I smashed a six to bring up the hundred but the umpire signalled four and I was so excited to argue or care,’’ Hibberd joked.

Hibberd hit 17 fours in his unbeaten performance, with McHugh chiming in with 10 boundaries.

Hibberd said he wouldn’t have been able to score his century without the support of McHugh.

‘‘Daniel was superb,’’ he said

‘‘He took his chances after being dropped on a regulation catch.

‘‘I felt for the young guy, because he was on 99 when the tea break was called and needed to wait 20 minutes before going back out.

‘‘But he was calm and brought it up comfortably.

‘‘Unfortunately he was bowled trying to get the scoreboard ticking over.’’

The Cats’ innings ended after declaring at 2/277 after 72 overs in the two-day fixture.

At stumps the Cats managed to break through early, having CYU at 1/4 after eight overs.

Team captain Chris Shaw said it was the highlight of the Cats’ 2017/2018 season.

‘‘They’ve put us into a winning position and we hope to carry that confidence into this week,’’ he said.

‘‘It was great to see Daniel (Hibberd) score his first century; he’s a great clubman and friend.

‘‘For Daniel (McHugh) it was a special moment for him with his parents coming over from England to watch him play and they were ecstatic when he brought up the ton.’’

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