Rollicking Reardon in hot form for Inferno
FORMER Ipswich Grammar School cricketer Nathan Reardon continues to leave a mark with his power hitting.
Reardon is roundly accepted as having hit the longest six seen at the top oval at Ipswich Grammar in a GPS First XI game a decade ago.
Yesterday he hit one of the biggest sixes seen at Sandgate-Redcliffe while representing the Country Inferno in the KFC T20 Challenge.
Reardon smashed a whirlwind 141 off 51 balls against the Blaze, who had state players Alister McDermott and Brad Ipson in their attack.
The best of his 13 sixes soared at least 120 metres and towards the middle of a tennis complex before hitting the top of a telegraph pole and bouncing backwards.
At least it meant the ball could be found.
The Country Infernos posted a massive 244 from their 20 overs and Reardon said it was just one of those days where everything came off.
"I got a bit of luck," Reardon said.
"I got dropped on about 40 or something and the boundaries are quite small so I was lucky enough to not quite get a couple and have them go over the boundary.
"It was just one of those days where everything comes together and it all worked out for me today."
Not content with destroying the Blaze with the bat, Reardon then took two wickets with the ball as well as he finished with 2-25.
"It's always good to get a couple of wickets," he said. "That doesn't happen too often when I bowl."
The Country have a 1-1 win-loss record and play the unbeaten Flames in the third and final round of the KFC T20 Challenge on November 18.
A Brisbane Heat contract will be awarded to one player at the end of the tournament, although Reardon has no worries there as he will suit up with the Adelaide Strikers in KFC T20 Big Bash League 2.
"I can't wait, it's going to be great fun," Reardon said.
"There's a lot of hype around it now and it's getting bigger and bigger every year so I can't wait."