THE game was all set up for Emerald Magpies under-16s batsman Reagan Parter when he arrived at the crease. Only 18 balls later, the slogger had racked up 37 runs to help his side defeat cross-town rivals Brothers.
His damaging knock saw the ball sail over the ropes on a number of occasions, a feat he is no stranger to. Parter has put on 79 runs from just 48 balls this season.
"I felt I batted pretty well and I was seeing the ball really well," he said moments after coming off the crease.
"It's always good to hit a six or two. Get down the pitch and see you later.
"I got 49 off 30 balls last week (against Blackwater) but I think this innings here was the better.
"The openers really set the game up today for me and the team, I think we will get the job done."
Parter was eventually clean bowled from a great delivery from Brothers spinner Robert O'Keeffe.
Opening pair Riley Raynes and Eagan Jones had been equally damaging and were both undefeated for 48 and 36 respectively as the Magpies cast a big total.
Brothers batted first and posted a decent total of 7/146 from their 35 overs thanks to a 48 run performance by Liam Farley from 38 balls.
Magpies bowlers Jackson Hagan, 2/31, Raynes 2/24 and Corrie Jordaan 1/9 were the pick of the bunch.
Magpies brought up 4/193 to finish the day with the spoils, spinner Joshua Brown from Brothers grabbed two scalps for 34 from his six overs.
Pheobe Murphy missed out on a wicket but kept it tight for her six overs, finishing with fine figures of 0/9 with two maidens.
The next round of competition has Emerald Brothers taking on Blackwater at the Emerald Showgrounds while Magpies have a bye.
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