SENSATIONAL KNOCK: Mildura East Cricket Club captain-coach, Brad Thomas, has been ‘seeing it like a basketball’ over the last two weeks, and became the first player in recent memory to notch up consecutive centuries.

By ADAM LUITJES

AFTER his performances over the last two weeks, it’s fair to say Mildura East Cricket Club First Division captain-coach, Brad Thomas, ‘has been seeing it like a basketball.’

The 32-year-old has produced a sparkling display of batting in the past fortnight, which resulted in the middle-order batsman notching up consecutive hundreds.

Following his unbeaten score of 107 against Nichols Point in Round Two, Brad dispatched Merbein South’s bowlers to all corners of Chaffey Park last Saturday, on his way to scoring 169.

A proven First Division performer for more than a decade, Brad said it was the first time he’d ever achieved back-to-back centuries.

“It’s pretty satisfying,” Brad said. “The first one was really good to get, and I was seeing the ball fairly well.

“The second one was a good time to get it because we were two wickets down for nothing, so that was really pleasing.

“The week before was a good pitch and outfield, where this week we had to really dig in.”

Taking over the reins as captain-coach for the first time, Brad said it was pleasing he could play his role for the team.

“Being the captain-coach you want to try and lead by example, especially on the weekend when we hadn’t had a great start,” he said.

“To be able to dig in with Jake Albrecht (47) was pleasing, and we were able to get the results for the team.”

With a record of one win and one loss – and with Merbein South chasing 279 for victory tomorrow – Brad has been pleased with East’s start.

“Our loss was against the reigning premiers Setts (Mildura Settlers), so we weren’t too disheartened,” he said. “We are still not full strength at the moment, and the win last week was important against Nichols Point.

“If we are able to pull off the win against Merbein, we would be two (wins) and one (loss), which would be a fairly decent start.”

Having welcomed Jake Albrecht (Loxton), Shaun Mathews and Ryan Muir (Irymple) into the fold, Brad is pleased with the make up of his First Division squad.

“Our goal is to finish top two,” he said.

“With our depth and players on our roster this year, we think we are a top two side.

“That’s the feeling across the whole club. The last few years we have been stretched, where this year we have that depth over the top two grades, which strengthens the bottom two as well.”