Simon McEvoy, Frankston Standard Leader
October 15, 2017 12:00pm
FRANKSTON Peninsula keeper Liam Tonkin brought up his maiden Premier Cricket century in stunning fashion, with a six over cover, against Geelong on Saturday.
Tonkin’s ton — 101 off 102 balls — set up the Heat’s rousing seven-wicket win over the Cats in the one-day encounter at Geelong.
Chasing 231, Frankston Peninsula replied with 3-234 off 47.3 overs to open its winning account.
The day belonged to Tonkin, 22, who became a dad last month.
Batting with dare and fearlessness, he hit 5 sixes, to go with 4 boundaries — and he danced down to the spinner and went whack to bring up his hundred.
“He didn’t give a chance and smacked them around,’’ Frankston skipper Dale Elmi said. “He’s always had the talented and it’s really paying off now.’’
Elmi said Tonkin’s power hitting, and “the ease of the sixes he was hitting’’ was the feature of his innings.
“He was picking pace bowlers off a length and hitting them back over their head for six. A really good innings,’’ he said.
Tonkin, an ex-Hawthorn player, came to the crease with Frankston Peninsula at 1-26 and shared a 69-run partnership with Gordon Waterfall (34) before joining forces with Jaime Brohier (50 not out off 63 balls), the pair putting on 88.
Young Brodie Symons chimed in with 24 not out at the end to steer the side home.
Earlier, Nick Boland (2-42 off 10 overs) was the pick of the Heat bowlers.
Elmi said it was a relief to get a win on the board.
“It’s give us a bit confidence now. We really had a bad first game and turn around like that was really good,’’ he said.