Dave Boundy made an emphatic start to the Bathurst-Orange Inter-District Cricket competition at Wade Park on Saturday afternoon, hammering a memorable ton to lead Orange City to a formidable position at stumps on day one against Centrals.
The former Western Zone all-rounder smashed the red and blacks' attack to all corners of the ground, gave just one chance and nailed 21 boundaries on his way to 132, his dig inspiring the Warriors to a whopping overnight total of 4-351.
The round one ton is the highest score of his career - here and abroad - and the 2012-13 premiership-winning skipper said that makes the dig a touch more special, as does the fact he wasn't planning on playing first grade at all this summer.
It was as much about trying not to throw my wicket away as anything.Orange City's Dave Boundy
"I wasn't going to play first grade, no, but I think the BOIDC competition coming back got me a little bit energised again. I'm back for the moment I think," Boundy laughed.
"It was alright, a bit of fun, it was hard and flat out there so it was tough work for the bowlers. Because of that it was as much about trying not to throw my wicket away as anything and I got to 50 okay, but it took bloody forever to get from there to 100.
"Once I got the early nineties I was okay though, I count so I knew where I was. There's no nerves through there though, I was just happy to get that many and I was buggered so I wasn't thinking about too much."
Saturday's ton is Boundy's first since he banged out 101 against Kinross in 2015-16 and continues his trend of piling on runs against Centrals, a handful of his highest scores have come against the red and blacks, including a hard-hitting 92 in the Royal Hotel Cup last summer.
Boundy went on to say one the highlights from his dig was getting the chance to bat for a long time with a couple of the Warriors' younger brigade, he added 118 for the second wicket with Lachie Coyte (67) and another 51 for the third with recruit Ben Schofield (42 not out).
"That was good, batting with those two. Young Benny looked pretty good in his first game, he was just ticking away reasonably conservatively so once I got to 100 I thought we better push the run rate along a bit," Boundy said.
"We were on  when I got out so even though we'd not lost many wickets we probably weren't setting the world on fire, but Benny and Shaun Grenfell (49) did well to get us up to 350.
"I'm not sure if we'll bat on or not, we'll just have to see how that plays out."
Of the weekend's other games - where cards were available at time of publication - Cavaliers' Cameron Laird was the best with the bat, falling just nine short of his maiden top grade ton against St Pat's Old Boys.
Bathurst City skipper Joey Coughlan is 86 not out as well, with his Redbacks side sitting at 1-135 in reply to Rugby Union's 167.
Tom Belmonte also remains unbeaten on 76 and looks likely to guide his CYMS side to an easy first-innings win over Kinross next weekend. Centennials' Kyle Aubin also knocked up a half-ton, scoring 69 against City Colts.
With the ball, CYMS seamer Luke D'Elboux snared 4-37 from his 10 overs to help skittle the students for 191, while St Pat's Old Boys veteran Matt Fearnley took 3-56 from 17 overs.
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