Cricket. Young Ryan Nibbs can add a Grand Final century to his list of achievements after batting 115 in the Circular Head Cricket Association’s U/16s finale on Saturday.
An 81-run partnership with Bryce Walters greatly contributed to Nibbs’ maiden century success, as well as confident backing from his Marrawah teammates.
“I was batting for the team, not myself,” he said.
Nibbs was modest in admitting the triumph felt “pretty good” after just falling short the previous week in the Semi Final showdown against Irishtown with a score of 90.
Determined to better himself in the 2015/16 concluding match, Nibbs said he chose to play it safe as he neared the 100 mark.
“I was just trying not to get out,” he said of the suspense – his family feeling it too.
“I could see dad on the sideline with his hands over his mouth. Once I got to about 90, it felt like it took ages!”
Batting third in the line up, Nibbs was careful to not let his bat out of his sight.
“I don’t like people touching my bat before the game,” he said of his pre-game superstition, and credited much of his success to a vigorous warm up throw down with Duncan Spinks.
Nibbs was proud of his team’s perseverance despite the six run loss.
“We got pretty close [but] just fell short. We fielded really well.”
Having filled in for the A Grade side throughout the season whilst juggling his U/16s and Circular Head Cowbiz Colts commitments, the 14-year-old hopes to step up for the Bulls’ A Grade side next year.