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Gareth Hutchens @grhutchens
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This was my greatest triumph. It will never be beaten.

I'd batted all morning. It was the last ball of the innings and I was on 96. I needed four more runs to get a century and had one chance to do it. And I hit a 6!

But scoresheets can hide crucial information..
I knew I was on 96, and I knew I had one ball left, because I always kept count of my runs and the number of balls left in each over. Cricket's a game of tiny milestones - try to get 10 more runs, try to get through the next six balls - so you count everything obsessively
The opposition's captain had brought Eddy back on to bowl the last over. Eddy was their fastest bowler, and he'd started the day in scary form. In his first three overs we only got two runs off him. He was too accurate. Ball after ball would just miss the outside edge of our bats
But by the end of the day he didn’t have the same energy. And I was seeing the ball like it was a watermelon. And McGowen had just come in to bat, which was great. We always ran well between the wickets. We’d steal runs like we were playing baseball.
Anyway, I had to go for the tonk. There was only have 1 ball left. I needed four runs. I may not get another chance to get a hundred. I checked the field. There was a fielder at cover & mid-off. A fielder at mid-on. No one at mid-wicket. Someone at square leg.
Eddy runs in to bowl. I took a step down the pitch & took a massive swing, aiming for the mid-wicket boundary. It went soaring! But it went so high in the air that it came down with a thud near the fence, putting a dent in the grass & stopping dead. Shit. We'll have to run four.
So McGowen and I take off. One run. Two runs. Three. The fielder from mid-on had got to the ball by now. He picked it up and turned around. Everyone’s shouting at him to throw it to the keeper, to the end I’m running to, because they want to run me out on 99
I was sprinting! I could see the crease ahead of me. Four more metres. Three more metres. I could hear the ball falling through the air like a Jericho Trumpet. Oh god. I slid my bat on the ground like you’re taught but the toe jammed in the ground & the bat fell out of my hand
I was gone. The ball bounced on the ground hard next to me and shot into the keeper’s gloves. The keeper raised his gloves in a triumphant arc and came down to take the bails off. Shit.
But the keeper had missed the ball. He hadn’t caught the ball at all. The ball had bounced through his hands & straight down the gap between fourth slip & gully. He couldn’t believe it. Yes! I turned around to take another run and left my bat on the ground. No time to pick it up.
McGowen and I ran the first one hard and we turned to run again. A fielder had already got to the ball and was winding up to throw it in, again to the keeper’s end, to the end I was running to. And this time I didn’t have my bat with me to help me get there faster.
I took off anyway. I ran for that line like a madman. Three metres. Two metres. The ball was coming in like a cannon shot & it landed in the keeper’s gloves this time. I lunged for the crease with my foot as the keeper whips the bails off. Everyone appeals! It’s agonisingly close
And the umpire gave me not out! I’d run four, nearly got run out, then run another two and nearly got run out again. But the score sheet says I hit 6 off the last ball to score a century. I’ll take it.
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