PADDED AWAY: South?s Michael Fletcher is tucked up with a tight ball from Tucabia opening bowler Chris Adamson.
PADDED AWAY: South?s Michael Fletcher is tucked up with a tight ball from Tucabia opening bowler Chris Adamson.

Tonker? Jonker cracks an amazing 129no off 62 balls

By TONY WHITE twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

SOUTH Services' South African-born Stuart Jonker scored one of the best centuries from a number 9 batsman in Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League history at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

The talented all rounder strode to the crease to join bowler Ryan Lynch with South in trouble at 8-147 against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst.

When South's innings ended Jonker remained defiant 129no and South dismissed for 288.

Jonker smashed his maiden Premier League century in an amazing 62 balls, South captain Brett Woods said. It was an Adam Gilchrist like innings, power precision and with the score board continually ticking over.

The right hander belted five 6s and 14 4s in a majestic innings that brought the comment from Woods: "It was awesome.

"He was incredibly aggressive," Woods said.

"We've seen the way he bats, but he just went out there and launched them.

"It was a pretty decent knock, especially for a bloke batting number nine.

"A lot of batsman got a start but Stuart was the only one to go on with it."

Jonker and Lynch (22) put on an amazing 140-run partnership which gave South the upper hand in the two-day game.

Jonker only joined South this year after playing with Brothers last season.

Woods was so impressed with Jonker's performance, he has elected to use him as opener when South take on East Royal Tavern in the South Grafton Ex-ServicesDaily Examiner night competition match at McKittrick Oval this evening.

South will be without opener Tom Kroehnert who has a badly damaged ankle following an on-field collision on Saturday.

"Against Chris Adamson Tom hit the ball back and Ado went for a catch and he called me through for a run," Woods said.

"Tom ran into a fieldsman and did his ankle."

Kroehnert went off immediately for ice treatment but returned later to score 25, the last batsman out before the Jonker onslaught.

Woods said he was 'stoked' with the team's performance.

"Stuart and Ryan Lynch had a great partnership but it was a great team effort from the boys," Woods said. "The bowlers have some runs to work with now."

Apart from Lynch and Tom Kroehnert, Matt Hartmann scored 23, Brad Roberston 21 and Michel Fletcher 28.

Opening seamer Nathan Adamson was best for Tucabia taking 4-75 from 16.5 overs. Captain Damien Rouse took 3-48 and Brett Paxton, 2-28.

When a severe thunderstorm ended play prematurely, Tucabia had faced one over with Greg Watkins 4no.



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