Zac Cotten scored 180 off 23 overs for the South Grafton High open cricket side against Orara High.
Zac Cotten scored 180 off 23 overs for the South Grafton High open cricket side against Orara High.

Cotten on fire

IT looks like Grafton may have unearthed another David Warner.

South Grafton High cricketer Zac Cotten produced arguably one of the most devastating innings at schoolboy level when he tore apart an Orara High bowling attack on Monday.

Playing for his school in the statewide CHS cricket knockout, Cotten bludgeoned the Orara bowlers as he piled on 180 runs in quick time.

In a knock reminiscent of Warner's big-hitting heroics for NSW and Australia, Cotten smashed 15 sixes and 14 fours during his swashbuckling innings.

Not to be outdone, Cotten's teammate Brendan Cleaver smashed 92 not out as the Orara fieldsmen spread to all parts of JJ Lawrence Field.

With Cotten and Cleaver doing the bulk of the damage, South High raced to 4-404 off just 34 overs then bundled the opposition out for less than 100.

South Grafton High coach Adam Dewberry admitted it was entertaining cricket to watch.

"They (Orara) actually won the toss and wanted to bowl first," he said.

"So we opened up with Zac and Trent Sullivan. After 11 overs Zac was on 100 and Trent was on three.

"Trent did well in a support role and did his job. Brendan Cleaver also batted well to be 92 not out."

Dewberry said Cotten's amazing onslaught may have been helped by a slight breeze at his back.

"Zac was hitting downwind and hit a couple of big sixes which probably went 90 metres or more," he said.

"The field was certainly spread and I suppose they had to."

South Grafton High team manager Matt McKee was also on hand to witness Cotten's performance.

"At one stage the fielders were fielding outside the boundary fence," he said.

"I think they got sick of chasing the ball."

When asked about his innings Cotten simply said the Orara bowlers continued to bowl the ball on a hittable length.

"They kept bowling the ball in the slot," he said.

"I just rocked onto the back foot and went for it."



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