Peterson gets his elusive ton
CAMERON Peterson has achieved his main individual goal in cricket in his fifth season of senior cricket, a century.
On Saturday, he steered Colts to a crucial victory against Inglewood in Warwick fixtures.
His previous highest score of 86 against Maryvale-Condamine last season helped push Colts into A-grade.
A year later, the Colts side is again in a close battle for a top-four spot and therefore an appearance in the A-grade finals series.
Peterson, 22, first played Warwick junior cricket at under-12 level where he had a best of 84 with the bat. He also played junior representative cricket for Warwick.
"I was happy with how I batted on Saturday, everything seemed to be coming out of the middle," Peterson said.
After winning an A-grade premiership with Colts in his first season out of school, Peterson reckons his team was due for another premiership win.
"Everyone is hitting form at the right time. If we can squeeze into A-grade, I reckon we will be favourites to win it," Peterson said.
While Peterson believes he has been more of a bowler than a batsman in his senior cricket career, he said the hundred came out of nowhere as he hadn't been in outstanding form this season.
With the ball, he has a best of 6-9 in Warwick cricket with his medium pacers.
Now he has scored a century and taken five or more wickets in an innings, his total focus is on winning premierships with Colts.
"We are all pretty good mates in the Colts side so it is great to share victories," Peterson said.
Colts official Shaun O'Leary said due to rain on Saturday, the field at Inglewood was heavy and his opening batsmen found it hard to find the boundary early on.
"Cameron started to go over the top to clear the boundary, it is the best I have seen him bat," O'Leary said.
Batting first at Inglewood on Saturday, Colts openers Peterson and Maugan Benn, who scored 35, added 102.
At the loss of the second wicket, Peterson was joined by Brendan Iles and the pair added 74 before Peterson was dismissed for 129 in the 28th over of a game reduced to 30 overs a side due to rain.
Peterson hit 13 fours and five sixes. James Pietsch took 2-35 off six overs to be the best bowler for Inglewood.
In reply, Inglewood was dismissed for 97, David Elsley top scoring with 19.
Benn was the best of the bowlers with 3-9 off three overs; O'Leary took 3-29 off four overs and Greg Louis 2-24 off six overs.