When the call was put out, Nestles veteran Gary MacLean was more than ready to dust off his pads, wind back the clock, and notch up an unbeaten ton for the sake of his club.
MacLean, 47, hasn't played cricket regularly since he went round with Factory in the 2015-16 Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season.
And while the club vice-president "pokes his head into training" on the odd Thursday night, MacLean assured The Standard he doesn't spend time in the nets himself.
But with the thirds short of numbers and needing a win on the eve of finals, MacLean answered captain-coach James Priebbenow's request to help out.
Brierly-Christ Church, playing only for pride, made 193 runs and then put Nestles on the back foot in the chase after openers Jacob Pope and Matt Noonan were both removed in the first over for nought.
Enter MacLean at second drop. The veteran combined for a 63-run partnership with Harry Donnelly, also playing a cameo game, before partnering with six other teammates on his way to a match-winning knock of 114 not out.
MacLean was dropped at 24 and 98, but made no mistake when sitting on 99, hitting a straight drive for two runs to bring up a century.
"It was pretty surreal considering I haven't played for a while," MacLean said. "I mainly just wanted to help the side make finals so the younger guys could get some good experience.
"But I might not play again, so it could be a good way for me to bow out."
The former division one skipper, who won six flags with Nestles in the top flight, didn't mess around, blasting 15 fours and a six during his time at the crease.
"I wasn't keen on running much so I hit a fair few boundaries," MacLean said.
"But there still wasn't a lot of movement in the body on Sunday."
Nestles president Bryan White, who was also playing in the thirds game, said MacLean's century was a great achievement.
"Gary put the club first by giving the kids a chance to play finals this weekend," White said.
"He's always been a great clubman. And he's certainly the best player I've ever seen at Nestles.
"His intensity and determination make for a great example to our younger ones at the club."
Nestles finished third on the table and will meet Russells Creek Blue in the semi-final.
Top advice at presentation night
Stephen Fitzgerald won the South West Cricket Association's division three cricketer of the year award on Monday night and had some simple tips for anyone looking to replicate his success.
The Bookaar captain, 32, who also took home the batting aggregate award, played every game in the 2018-19 season, making a grand total of 548 runs.
And when prompted by the event's MC, Fitzgerald joked that the key to his silverware haul was simply being the only player in the league to make himself available for selection every single week.
Century and out for skipper
Allansford seconds captain Michael Smith enjoyed the unusual pleasure of both scoring 100 on the dot and taking the winning catch in his side's final game of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season.
The Gators, out of finals contention, were bowled for 243 in the first innings against Woodford, before going on to win by just 24 runs over the weekend.
Smith batted for more than five hours as the mercury hit nearly 40 degrees.
He faced down 218 balls and hit 14 boundaries before reaching the milestone with a responsibly-made single.
But the 34-year-old was off strike for a few overs and would be promptly dismissed on his return.
As Smith recalls, he "whacked" a shot out to the boundary where Woodford's Oliver King, who had already toiled away bowling 12 overs for the Eels, mustered the reserves to take a diving catch in the 73rd over.
"If a fielder or bowler is too good for you, then that's just cricket," he said. "And it was a fair catch."
But Smith would take a memorable catch himself, helping Brett Hunger dismiss Jason Fowler for 58 and sew up the game.
And it was made sweeter by the fact Allansford lost strike bowler Josh Heard the night before the second innings after an injury sustained in a football match.
"It was one of the better wins I've played in," Smith said.
"We had lots of kids in the side and they really showed some guts."
Teen makes ton to help Dogs win
Fourteen-year-old Harry Noonan has demonstrated he can punch above his weight by making an unbeaten century.
The Emmanuel College student made 108 for Dennington in the club's 104-run victory over Nirranda in division three of the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association.
Dennington president Mick Howley, who also coaches Noonan in the Dogs' under 17s side, said the seconds sides from both clubs joined to watch the game after the division two fixture finished early, meaning there was a small crowd to enjoy the youngster hit a four to reach the ton.
"It was unreal," he said. "We were all pumped because no one made a century in that team all year.
"I'm hoping he plays division two next season."
WDCA Team of the Week
Weranga Bulathwala East Warrnambool 90; Brett Nuske Russells Creek 62; Jacob Hetherington Nestles 52; Ben Rantall West Warrnambool 50*; Jackson Couch Nestles 39; Matt Wines Woodford 5-16; Luke Ryan Allansford 5-48; Hank Schlaghecke Woodford 4-15; Jase Mungean Brierly-Christ Chruch 4-12; Brandon Bant Brierly-Christ Church 3-28; Ben Fary Allansford 3-20.
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