HAVING guided reigning champion Hamilton to a 66-run victory over Portland in the opening Under 15 match of Country Week, centurion Riley Pickering and half century maker Daniel Kerber hoped that there were more big scores to come.
The pair batted as if they had played together their entire lives in an unbroken 123 run partnership, where the only genuine chance they offered for a dismissal came with just three balls remaining in the game, when Kerber was dropped off a hard hit delivery at mid wicket.
If ever a person could be created with the perfect attributes to be the perfect opener, it is Riley Pickering.
The left hander, even at this age, knows how to build an innings from scratch, has the patience and temperament to pick which balls to go after, plays shots all around the ground and is nigh on impossible to remove.
Unless underage players also play in open grade in the Hamilton District Cricket Association, Country Week offers the only opportunity for them to reach triple figures, and Pickering made sure that he was not going to let the chance pass him by.
Asked whether his 108 not out was his debut century, he was already looking towards the rest of the week.
“Yes it is,” Pickering said.
“It’s nice to start Country Week off with a hundred and hopefully I can build on that later on in the week.”
Blasting 11 boundaries during the afternoon, Pickering worked many deliveries through the area between square leg and fine leg.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 9, 2014