‘Extraordinary’: Young gun’s insane heroics
Western Australian 20-year-old Cameron Green has pulled off an insane act of heroics, rescuing his side from almost certain defeat.
In a team featuring international calibre talent including Cameron Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright and Jhye Richardson, Green outshone them all to hold off a hungry Queensland team.
After rescuing the Warriors in the first innings with 87 not out from eighth in the batting order as Western Australia got to 332 at the Gabba, Queensland claimed the first innings with by reaching 411.
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But Western Australia were in a heap of trouble in their second innings, falling to 7/53 when Josh Inglis was dismissed, leaving Green, who was demoted in the order after fellow tailender Matthew Kelly came in as a nightwatchman for 46 runs of his own.
With plenty of pressure on, Green seemed to be playing in a different world, carving his maiden first-class century with 121 not out off 172 balls and holding on with the tail for the draw.
The 20-year-old said it would definitely be one to remember.
“I’m really happy to have helped the team come away with a draw when we easily could have fallen short,” Green said.
“It was nice to give my dad a call at the end of the day and tell him how I went.
“I was pretty emotional speaking to dad, I’ve spent a lot of time with him down at the cricket nets when no one’s watching.
“For all that hard work to pay off and score my first century was special.”
Greeny brought up his maiden century in dramatic fashion in the final session of our match against the Bulls! 👏 💯 The young star finishing 121 not out 🤩 #WESTISBEST #WAvQLD #SheffieldShieldPosted by WACA - Western Australian Cricket Association on Monday, 4 November 2019
The 204cm all-rounder’s stunning innings in just his ninth first-class match had vastly more experienced players singing his praises.
“At 7-53 we looked dead and buried. We have something special in Cameron Green,” WA captain Shaun Marsh said.
“He certainly has a bright future for not only WA but Australia.”
“We were so close to cracking that game open but Greeny batted beautifully. He saved the game for them,” Bulls captain Usman Khawaja said.
Shaun Marsh celebrates with his young buck.Source:AAP
Fans were quick to appreciate the innings as well.
Extraordinary effort from Cameron Green: 121 not out at No. 9 to save the game after Western Australia had been 53 for 7 https://t.co/TOPIfHmq33#SheffieldShield— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) November 5, 2019
Wow. Uzzie has offered the handshake and the match is drawn. Extraordinary effort by WA today to climb back from certain defeat at 7/53 this morning. Cameron Green 121 not out after 87* in the first innings. https://t.co/lsLkxtqVgf— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) November 5, 2019
WA all-rounder Cameron Green scores his maiden first-class hundred. Terrific, potentially match-saving innings against QLD. He was stranded on 87 in the first innings. Can play.— Clint Thomas (@ClintLThomas) November 5, 2019
After steadying WA’s first dig of 332 with a 99-run eighth wicket stand with Jhye Richardson, Green was at it again on Tuesday.
First he shared a 115-run eighth wicket stand with nightwatchman Matthew Kelly (46).
Then he dug deep again with Richardson (21), combining for a 52-run partnership.
Remarkably Green first made a name for himself as a fast bowler.
He became the youngest player to take a Shield five-wicket haul on debut in February 2017 when at just 17 he snared 5-24 from 8.1 overs against Tasmania.
“Dad, you’ll never guess what just happened!”Source:AAP
But Green has honed his batting skills in the nets after battling recent back stress fractures – and the results were for all to see at the Gabba.
He struck 13 fours and three sixes in his sublime 172-ball second innings knock.
WA had resumed on Tuesday in all sorts at 4-39, still 40 runs behind the hosts after Marsh was dubiously caught behind for eight late on Monday following his first dig of 77.
Bulls quick Cameron Gannon (4-39) then claimed Hilton Cartwright (17) and Josh Philippe (0) in consecutive balls to be on a hat-trick for the second time in the innings, leaving WA reeling at 6-50.
Young quick Xavier Bartlett (3-41) then had ‘keeper Josh Inglis caught behind for two to reduce the visitors to 7-53 with an early finish looming but Green had other ideas.
— with AAP