OVER the past two decades Shane McCrohon has scored well over 10,000 runs.
His body may not be as agile as it was when he first stepped out for Valentine Plains as a 16-year-old cricketer, nor his reflexes as sharp, but the years have not wilted his thirst for runs.
On Sunday, he celebrated the first game of his 20th year with a blazing 99.
“It would have been nice to score a ton, but it doesn't really bother me,” McCrohon said.
“It has never been about personal achievements.
“I play for two reasons: to have fun with my mates and to help the team succeed.”
After being dismissed on the last ball of Plains' innings against Primed XI, he confessed to being a little bit dirty on his teammates for not letting him know he was so close to the milestone.
“When I came in they told me I scored 99 and I thought, 'Yeah right - they are pulling my leg'.
“I looked in the book and said, 'You buggers could have told me'.”
His teammates claimed they were yelling out throughout the last over to tell he was only a couple of good shots away from his century.
“I was stuffed; I didn't hear a thing,” he said.
McCrohon's 99, together with 51 from Cliff Dahtler, pushed Plains to 8/242 off their 40 overs.
Primed XI were bowled out for 90 with Steve Emerson bagging a five wicket haul (5/14) and Ethan Pearce collecting four wickets (4/19).
Troy Hogan (24), Trent Reimer (17) and Nathan Rosenblatt (14) were the only Primed batsmen to reach double figures.
Thangool scored a five-wicket win over Dawson Valley Taipans. Taipans amassed 158 with Alan Anderson (57) top-scoring.
No scores were available from the Goovigen/Monto match.
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