By TONY WHITE
SAWMILL employee Scott Amos celebrated his 30th birthday in style by cutting a swathe through the East Royal Tavern attack in the Bananacoast Communtiy Credit Union Premier League cricket match at McKittrick Oval on Saturday.
The GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst lower order batsman waved the 'willow' with gusto scoring an unbeaten 90 in Tucabia's impressive first innings total of 8-322.
When the game resumes next Saturday Amos has four overs left to try and post his first Premier League 100.
"It would be nice to come back and get a century but it's a long wait," Amos said. "Hopefully Tim Gallagher can give me a bit of the strike early to get the 10 runs I need."
Amos's onslaught late in the game completely swung the match in Tucabia's favour.
"We let them off the hook," East captain David Cox admitted. "His (Amos) innings was the big difference.
"He did a Gilly (Adam Gilchrist) on us."
Amos, who works for Boral Timbers, has previously scored centuries in lower grades.
Amos strode to the wicket just after the final drinks break at 4.45pm. His timely innings provided the right tonic for Tucabia.
"The way I play the game if they're there to be hit, I'll hit them," Amos said. "When they come off, they come off. I chanced my arm and got onto a few."
The left-hander smashed seven 6s and multiple boundaries in his swashbuckling innings, the highest Premier League score of the weekend.
The biggest overall innings went to club mate Steve Whitton, who scored a brilliant 179 for Tucabia's third grade side.
After winning the toss Cox elected to send Tucabia but after a solid opening partnership between Scott Miller (59) and Matt Blanch (27), the first wicket (Blanch) fell for 53.
Cox then snared Andrew Buchanan (0) and captain Damien Rouse (4) to have Tucabia, 3-65.
Chris Adamson anchored one end, scoring an adroit 53, showing great touch.
At 8-229 East would have been confident of wrapping up the tail but Amos and Tim Gallagher (27no) defied the East attack with a tremendous rear guard action.
Cox was best of Brothers bowlers with 4-53.
East's Bob McKenzie and Ian O'Toole, who missed Saturday, return next weekend.