Centrals century-maker demolishes Alberton attack
A BRILLIANT century by Centrals opener Sony Manghera was the standout performance in a one-sided limited-overs match at Eagleby on Saturday.
Manghera celebrated his birthday a day early as he went within 15 balls of carrying his bat through the Centrals innings.
Manghera plundered 146 runs as Centrals reached 6-269 before bundling Alberton out for only 136, ensuring the competition newcomers remain winless after six rounds of the Ipswich Logan Premier League.
Manghera looked set to claim the limited-overs run-scoring record for Ipswich cricket with his huge knock but it went to Mick Sippel who blasted 151 during Laidley's win over Brothers on the same day.
"Unfortunately Sony got out with 15 balls to go otherwise he would have outscored Mick," Centrals veteran Wayne Jones said.
"It's pretty rare to get a hundred in a one-dayer so to both guys to get close to 150 was a great effort."
The result means Centrals have reduced the points gap between them and second-placed Brothers but Jones said his team still needed to improve.
"We probably didn't finish them off the way we should have," he said.
"A couple of their young guys batted pretty well at the end but we switched off a bit.
"They (Alberton) tried hard but unless they bring some players back from the Gold Coast comp I think they will continue to struggle."
While Manghera starred with the bat, Tyrone De Silva (44) and Luke Barrett (41) also impressed for the visitors before Chris Lehmann grabbed four wickets against the inexperienced Alberton batting order.
Sean Lutter continued his good form with the ball taking 2-28 while Gary Kissick claimed 2-15.
At Strollers, Northsiders bounced back to form with a solid win over Taipans.
Batting first, Norths made 5-251 from their 45 overs before bowling Taipans out for 186 with more than eight overs remaining.