While the first and second grade Armidale District Cricket Association matches were washed out on Saturday, local cricket fans weren’t left disappointed after an impressive batting performance by Ex-Services’ Benji Marshall.
Marshall’s unbeaten knock of 98 not out fell just shy of securing the win for Servies against Hillgrove but was a standout innings for both teams.
"It was one of the best innings I have ever seen, even though it was my own kid, both sides were cheering for Benji because he just missed his century,” Robert Marshall said.
"He had to get 22 runs in the last over and up until then he was like Maxwell, smashing the balls left, right and centre.
"He hit a couple of fours, a six and on the last ball he had to hit a six and it dropped a couple of metres short but even the other side were barracking for him.
"He kept losing partner after partner and he batted really maturely.”
He kept losing partner after partner and he batted really maturely.- Robert Marshall
Benji’s outstanding weekend of cricket didn’t finish there, backing up to play for Northern Inland’s under 14’s team in Scone on Sunday.
In the match against Hunter, Benji took three wickets and was retired with the bat to “give the other batsman a chance.”
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