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Double ton fun for Lloyd

Pine Lodge teenager James Lloyd had the time of his life on Saturday when he smashed a double century in Cricket Shepparton's C-grade competition.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 19, 2013 4:15am

Pine Lodge youngster James Lloyd smashed a personal best score of 222 not out in Cricket Shepparton’s C-grade on Saturday.

Pine Lodge’s James Lloyd smashed his previous best score out of the ground on Saturday.

The Shepparton East teenager belted 222 not out for the Lodgers’ C-grade team against Shepparton and Youth Club United on day one of Cricket Shepparton’s round eight match.

His previous best score was 109 not out, in under-13 cricket, and for this season it was 21 not out.

Pine Lodge captain Mathew Walker, Lloyd’s uncle, offered the teenager the chance to open with Hayden Cann and the nephew seized the opportunity with both hands.

‘‘It was the first time I’ve opened this year. I love opening, it’s definitely my favourite position to bat, and I gave a couple of opportunities early, but once I got my eye in the ball just found the bat nicely,’’ Lloyd, 18, said.

‘‘I gave an easy opportunity when I was on about 10 to mid-off, who dropped it.

‘‘It was pretty scratchy early, but once I felt a bit more confident I started playing my shots and got a lot better by the end of the day.’’

Lloyd made a 74-run partnership with Cann until Cann was caught for 50, then made a 348-run partnership with Lee Talbot, which he described as ‘‘ridiculous’’.

Lloyd’s innings featured 24 fours and 12 sixes and the team, which had earlier dismissed United for 94, finished with 2-450 with Talbot caught for 142.

‘‘When I realised what I was on, I was like ‘Far out, this is pretty cool, I haven’t been in this position before’,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘Then when I was on 170 or 180 I started getting really hesitant and trying to make singles, then I kind of got bored of that so started going for them again.’’

As well as his own achievement, Lloyd was also able to celebrate with his 12-year-old brother Andrew when the latter came out after Talbot’s dismissal.

The younger Lloyd came in after Talbot and finished 13 not out, belting three fours from his first three deliveries for his first runs in senior cricket.

‘‘They brought the field in and first ball he played a magic cut shot over the top of point for four and his first runs in seniors and he was pumped,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘He ran past me down the wicket, high fived me and then I was just like ‘Andrew, good work, keep it up’.

‘‘And then next shot was a pull shot for four and the fielders on the other team were like, ‘What do we do? There’s even a 12-year-old hitting us around’.’’

Not to be outdone, the older brother also belted a six while the pair was at the crease.

‘‘He comes out and just like, ‘James it’d be pretty good to get a couple of sixes’, and then I said ‘Why’s that?’ and he said ‘Cos you’re out with your little brother,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘So first ball (to Lloyd) it was pitched in the right spot and I hit a six and he went ‘That was nice and quick though’. He was happy about that.’’

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