In sweltering conditions on Saturday, Layton McCann’s maiden century led the way for Central Park-St Brendan’s as the Haisman Shield powerhouse smashed rivals Old Students at Deakin Reserve.
The Tigers were set 156 and McCann nearly defeated the visitors off his own bat.
In an incredibly patient batting display, the opener faced 254 balls for his 110, hitting nine fours and two sixes.
The Tigers surpassed their opponents score at 4-156 with about 18 overs to go, but continued to bat finishing at 5-285 off 91 overs.
The result could have been a lot different if the Students had of been a little better in the field.
The visitors dropped McCann in his 20s, Brayden McGregor (43) twice, including once in the first over and also captain Ramadan Yze on a golden duck.
Yze admitted he had a little luck on his side after Nick Breslin dropped him at cover.
Yze went on to boast the second highest score with 72 off 56 balls, although he was most pleased with how McCann and the rest of his teammates fared throughout the contest.
‘‘‘Chippy’ McCann was excellent, he batted through 11 overs last week and then he came out and played a patient game,’’ Yze said.
‘‘I was lucky enough to be out there with him when he made his century.’’
Old Students coach Daniel Coombs was relatively happy with his side’s performance, despite the loss.
‘‘I thought we were really good for the first hour, we stuck at it and bowled a lot of spin,’’ Coombs said.
‘‘We were in the contest for a long time and I suppose our heads just dropped once they reached our total.’’
After lamenting on all the dropped catches, Coombs was delighted with one piece of fielding.
‘‘Breslin dived to stop the ball and while off the ground he threw the ball, it hit middle stump and got Josh Larkin out,’’ Coombs said.
‘‘It was one of the best run outs I have seen in a long time.’’
Central Park-St Brendan’s 6-285 (Layton McCann 110, Ramadan Yze 72, Brayden McGregor 43, Felix Odell 2-79) def Old Students 156 (Sam Allen 45, Felix Odell 39, Gino Sarracino 33, Thomas Chalkley 4-37).
Layton McCann (CP-St Brendan’s): McCann was sensational for the Tigers, stepping up when they needed him most. The opener had to face 11 overs at the end of the first day before taking full control of the match on Saturday, smashing 110.