Jurd the word after maiden ton

North Bulldogs batter Ben Jurd became the first player this 2023/24 BDCL A Grade season to reach triple figures, scoring 106 runs off 103 balls as the side cruised to a 187-run victory against the South Roos at Alma Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Having been building towards a big score with the bat following two half-centuries so far this season, including 90* last week against Central, Jurd hit nine fours and five sixes on his way to the ton which also marked his maiden century for the club.

“It was good. Fell a couple runs short last week, but it was nice to finish it off this week thanks to Snags [Austin Wilson]. He was very selfless, didn’t hog the strike, and turned it over so it was good”, he told the Barrier Truth post-game.

Coming in at first drop earlier than expected after opener Riley Bomford was bowled by a Matthew Grey delivery in the first over, Jurd took some time to settle at the crease, working in tandem with North captain Tobias Hack and Wilson, as the partnerships and score grew.

Jurd made his way to a half-century off 63 balls and continued some hard-hitting towards the boundary as he claimed his century off 98 balls with a four-to-deep square leg. He lifted the bat in the direction of his teammates who were standing and cheering on the sidelines as Jurd embraced his partner down the other end.

The century-maker would depart shortly after, bowled by South captain Ben Franklyn, but not before having put North in a strong position for victory. It leaves North in second place heading into the Christmas break before fixtures resume on Saturday, January 13.


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