DUSTIN Drew’s first ton at Melbourne Country Week in eight campaigns was satisfying, but the Dennington skipper says a win today would be sweeter.
Drew underpinned the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association’s 5-281 yesterday with a match-winning run-a-ball 129, which included 11 fours and six sixes.
The 29-year-old, who made 93 last year at the carnival, said he was pleased to reach the milestone but the 65-run win against West Gippsland wasn’t about him.
“I think I’ve made eight 50s over the years,” the hard-hitting opening batsman said.
“I had a bit of luck. I got dropped a couple of times. But you need luck to make 100.
“I’m just happy the team is playing well. People were asking questions at the start of the week that perhaps the right side wasn’t going, but we are 4-0 now and in the final. I’m glad we are going well. It doesn’t really bother me (who gets them) as long as the team is scoring runs. If I can do my bit, I’m happy.”
Drew said when he scored a single down the ground to bring up the ton he afforded himself a small celebration, but he was quick to get his mind back on the job.
After a tough week, he had a rub down from team masseur Locky Eccles.
Captain Brett Eldridge said he was delighted for his deputy, saying he deserved to make the ton.
The knock meant the WDCA has had a century-making opener in three of its four games this week, with Drew’s partner Cam Williams making 100 and 126 on the first two days.