A former Horsham cricketer has dominated in the Geelong Cricket Association on Saturday after he belted 198 runs off just 106 balls before falling agonisingly close to a maiden double-century.
Newtown and Chilwell cricket club opener Jordan Tegelhuter was playing in the league's second division on Saturday when he smashed 36 boundaries, including 15 sixes, to guide the side to just their third win of the season.
The former Rupanyup-Minyip cricket cricketer has spent the past five seasons in Geelong after moving down for work, and said he could not have predicted how well he played.
"You never think you can make a score like that," he said.
"I had one score last year where I scored 80-odd when the game was finished, but I have never had the feeling to the extent of the weekend.
"All my boundaries were pretty much all around the ground, I can't remember a place I didn't score one to be honest, and the field was pretty quick where we played so anything that beat the infield just raced away."
Mr Tegelhuter said he always liked to score quickly and gave no chances throughout the innings.
"I didn't really have too much of a different plan, I just wanted to be positive and it all just kind of fell into place for me I guess," he said.
"Normally my game style is to score pretty quickly, and normally I can give a couple of chance, but there wasn't any this time which was surprising."
However, Mr Tegelhuter's amazing innings was cut short after he was controversially given out caught behind.
"It's hard to say, I don't think I hit it, but I was exhausted so it didn't worry me too much to be honest," he said.
"I knew I was pretty close (to 200) and I saw a couple of the blokes on the boundary getting their phones out ready to film so I knew I was close, but yeah didn't quite happen and I had to run out of luck eventually."
The team went on to post a total of 6/359 off their 50 overs before dismissing Lara for 222 to claim a 137 run win.
Newtown and Chilwell are currently sitting second-last on the ladder in ninth, but Mr Tegelhuter said he hoped the weekends result would help kick-start a post-Christmas push for finals.
"That's the aim every year, to play to play finals," he said.
"After Christmas our goal as a team was to win more games than what we did before Christmas.
"We have a young team that's not overly experienced, so the more wins we can have the better and if we can get enough to make finals then that's good and well."
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