Sid Harvey, take a bow.
On Sunday the 12-year-old Narrabri representative cricketer became just the third batsman in the Northern Inland Cricket Council’s under-12 intertown competition, the Ross Panton Cup, to score a century in the past seven years.
Only Armidale pair Nick Page and Benji Marshall (both 103* in the 2014-15 season) have surpassed 100 in the competition since online records began in 2011.
Sid, the son of Denis and Carmel Harvey, scored 125 in Narrabri’s round five clash away from home against Armidale.
His innings included 16 fours and three sixes.
The impressive knock was not only his first century, but was also the first time he had made 50.
His previous high score was an unbeaten 43 in round two of the competition when Narrabri thumped Gunnedah away from home.
On Sunday in Armidale, Sid found himself on 43 at the completion of Narrabri’s first 20 overs, after entering early at number three.
Armidale batted first and made 4-92 from its first 20 overs.
Narrabri then made 6-79, before the home side made 5-101 in its second 20 overs.
That saw Armidale make a total of 9-193.
It meant that with just four wickets in hand, Narrabri had to score 115 runs in 20 overs to win the match.
The side needed someone to stand up, and Sid did just that.
In 10 overs he added 44 more runs to his own total to enter the 30-over drinks break on 87.
By that stage Narrabri has lost nine wickets, and required 60 for victory.
Sid and number 11 batsman Reggie Madden went back out and almost got the job done.
Three overs after drinks Sid found himself on 88, and smashed a four and two sixes to bring up the century.
With two overs remaining Narrabri needed 13 runs to win.
That became six to win with six balls remaining.
After reaching 125 Sid smashed a shot towards the boundary, but was caught.
He received a standing ovation from both sets of players and fans as he walked off the ground, after almost pulling off one of the greatest victories in Narrabri junior cricket history.
Sid said that after blasting a six to reach the century he raised his bat and helmet as he experienced mixed emotions.
“I was shocked and happy,” he said.
“I couldn’t really believe it.
“I started to think that we were within reach because we were getting very close.
“When I came off the boys asked was that my first 100, and I said ‘that was my first 50’.”