Matt Pigg guided Tucabia to first dig points against South at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
Matt Pigg guided Tucabia to first dig points against South at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

Flying Pigg carries White home

A DEVASTATING barrage with the bat from Matt Pigg brought South Services to their knees after the stylish right-hander belted an unbeaten 113.

What made his knock more remarkable was it only took him two hours.

Pigg’s onslaught pummelled the South bowling attack with his second 50 coming off just 17 deliveries.

In the end Tucabia won the match on first innings points but questions will be asked if they made the right decision to occupy the crease for so long. Tucabia declared at 7-319 and at stumps South were 5-125.

For Pigg it was his first ton in more than a year and could not have come at a better time.

Unfortunately for South this is not the first time Pigg has taken the long-handle to their bowlers.

“I think it’s the third time I’ve made a ton against South in the past few years,” Pigg says.

There has been speculation surrounding Pigg’s perceived lack of form with the bat earlier.

“People have suggested I have been out of form this season but I have felt good... a few things haven’t gone my way,” he said.

And who can argue? Apart from Saturday’s masterful display Pigg has belted several half centuries for his club side and the Clarence River representative team.

When did he get his groove back?

“Things started to turn around in a game against Harwood. I faced 98 deliveries for only 30 runs but it gave me some much needed time in the middle,” Pigg said.

Pigg can thank his captain for giving him the chance to reach three figures and according to Pigg a hundred was never on his mind.

“We got to 240 and I thought we would only have one more over to face. Ado (Chris Adamson) told us to stay out there because I was getting close to a ton... I was happy to come off,” Pigg said.

“So I decided to take a stand and deliver approach. I think there were only two dot deliveries in my second fifty.”

Pigg added although it was pleasing to score his first century of the season it was more satisfying to see the top-order perform.

“Three of the top five batsmen scored 50s which is something we haven’t done all year,” he said.

When contacted yesterday Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson admitted in hindsight he could have declared earlier. “I possibly should have declared sooner.

I suppose I was a bit greedy for Matt to score a ton,” he said.

“Matt scored his ton in about two hours and it was great. Credit must be given to South’s Tom Kroehnert and Jason Thompson who in the end salvaged the game.”

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