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Dan’s blistering last hurrah

Tuesday, 25th February, 2020

North’s Dan ter Braak in action earlier this season. PICTURE: Michael Murphy North’s Dan ter Braak in action earlier this season. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Callum Marshall

An all-round masterclass performance by Dan Ter Braak in perhaps his last game of local cricket saw North beat South by 118 runs on Sunday.

In the second A grade game on the weekend, ter Braak scored a magnificent 117 n/o which featured 14 fours and one six to help steer his side to an impressive 7/199 total.  

The innings was particularly impressive considering North were on the ropes early on with a score of 3/48 after just 12 overs. 

South bowlers, in particular Laurence Hebbard who finished on brilliant figures of 4/32, were causing problems for North with Jordan Vella out first ball and Tom Carruthers (13) and Austin Wilson (1) back on the bench soon after.

A solid 87-run partnership between ter Braak and Anthony Tidball (28) got North into a good position at 3/145 though with the former able to stick around until innings’ end, piling on the runs.

In one over ter Braak cracked three fours in succession as he worked his way towards the century.

Despite a solid start to their bowling and picking up three more mid-to-lower order wickets, South’s last several overs proved costly with ter Braak constantly finding the boundary line and picking up useful twos as well. 

With 200 the target for victory, South had a big task ahead of them.

While some of the Roos’ batsmen got a good start - Sheldon Hall (15) and Ryan Gillespie (18) - no one was able to stick around for a big innings and get the side close to the Bulldog’s big target of 199. 

Some fantastic bowling from North made the job difficult though, with ter Braak continuing his stellar game by bagging five wickets for 27 runs.

ter Braak tore through the middle order and was backed up well by the rest of the Bulldogs’ bowling unit, particularly by Vella (2/4) who grabbed the key wicket of Gillespie.

Quick-fire wickets from the Bulldogs saw the Roos go from 2/49, a solid start, to finish on 9/81 with last batsman Nathan Waterhouse needing to be taken to hospital after suffering a seizure.

It’s understood the player is doing alright though, with his club posting on Facebook yesterday that Nathan was “...currently doing well” and their “best wishes are with him and his family, hoping for a speedy recovery.” The message also gave thanks to North for helping assist as well as the ambos. 

For North, Sunday’s game was maybe ter Braak’s last in The Hill with the player moving back to the Netherlands for work and cricket.

For the man who once played international and county cricket, going up against the likes of Ravi Bopara and Neil Wagner, a trip back to the Far West couldn’t be ruled out just yet.

“I definitely loved and really enjoyed my time here in Broken Hill,” he said yesterday.

“There is a part of me that will really miss working and playing here, and North in particular.

“I’m actually going back to the Netherlands to play some cricket again and work over the winter months to avoid the winter here.

“But then after that I might be coming back at some point in the future. We’ll see what happens, I’m not 100 per cent sure yet.

“I could just come back for a locum to work, it’ll all be depending on work basically.”

ter Braak said scoring a century in his last potential innings in Broken Hill had been a great way to bow out, and praised the way Tidball had played alongside him.

“Tids was awesome, he batted really well,” he said.

“He’s been playing B grade the last few years and I don’t know why - he looked like a top class A grade player.

“It was cool to bat with him and have a good partnership.”

Although he’s come close before, Sunday’s century was ter Braak’s first in the local competition, an achievement he said he was super happy to tick off before he headed back home.

“It was good to tick one off and put the monkey off my back because I felt like it was something that I probably should’ve done beforehand,” he said.

“I can say that when I leave Broken Hill I’ve scored a ton out here for them (North) which is good.”

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