Duo steer side to convincing win
WHILE Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin were clocking up impressive centuries for Australia in the first Ashes Test against England at the Gabba on Saturday, Warwick junior cricketer Thomas Bourke was clocking up a century of his own in under-12 junior cricket fixtures.
Thomas scored 127 and combined with best friend Will Gordon, who himself scored 61, to steer the team to a convincing victory.
The pair was responsible for 205 in a team score of 261.
Just like Hussey who was out for 195, Thomas was finally dismissed trying to hit a six.
“I won’t be going for a six again,” Thomas said.
“I’ll hit the ball along the ground.
“It’s exciting to score a hundred the same day as Hussey, his saved his career.”
Like Hussey, or Mr Cricket as he is known, Thomas puts a high price on his wicket.
“Mike Hussey and Shane Watson are my favourite cricketers,” the young century-maker said.
Only a year ago Thomas was more interested in doing a bit of farming with his father Kevin on the family dairy farm at Maryvale than heading to Warwick for a morning of cricket.
He still isn’t sure if he prefers cricket or farming on a Saturday but he will certainly be there this Saturday for the final game of the year in Warwick junior cricket.
“I like both farming and cricket on a Saturday,” he said.
“I have done a lot of practice and improved so I was keener to play this season.
“The cut is my best shot.”
In U12 cricket, two runs are awarded for shots on the offside as officials aim to discourage young players from playing across the line of flight.
Junior cricket co-ordinator Paul Gordon was one of the U12 scorers on Saturday and said Thomas would have scored his century even without double runs for offside shots.
“There were no centuries scored in Warwick junior cricket last season and I can’t remember one in under-12s for some time,” he said.