Summers left high and dry
GUTTED. That’s how Mick Summers summed up his feelings after falling agonisingly close to scoring his maiden Premier League century.
The Brothers middle-order batsman fell just seven short of a well-deserved ton after being sensationally caught on the boundary by Harwood’s Luke Harradine.
Summers now knows how Australian all-rounder Shane Watson must have felt earlier in the season. A jittery Watson made a hobby of being dismissed in the 90s.
The nervous 90s continue to haunt batsman throughout the cricketing world and for Summers it was an experience he hopes will only be a one-off.
“I was hitting the ball OK and felt confident in reaching three figures but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan,” says Summers.
“I premeditated a shot. They (Harwood) brought their mid-on up and I failed to hit the ball straight enough. I was a bit unlucky, if the ball got dropped it could have easily gone for six-but that’s cricket.”
Although disappointed on missing out on a century Summers says he was happy to get runs on the board and put his side in a respectable position.
“We posted a competitive score but I feel we should have scored a further 30-40 runs. If we manage to get their openers out cheaply next week we are still in with a shot,” he said.
Batting first on a flat Harwood wicket Brothers made 212 with Harwood surviving five anxious overs prior to stumps to be 0-16.
Geoff Simmons (15 not out) and Nathan Ensbey (0 not out) will resume the innings next week against a Brothers’ outfit keen to slip into the four.
Harwood captain Tim McMahon yesterday described Summers’ innings as ‘chanceless.’
“I can’t remember Mick giving a chance until his dismissal,” McMahon said.
“He batted well and hit through the line of the ball... it was a sensible innings.”
McMahon agreed with Summers that 212 may not be enough on a wicket favouring the batsmen.
“They probably would have liked more runs,” he said. “Credit must go to our bowlers for hanging in there.”