Mackie sublime with bat

Cricket

COLEAMBALLY star Simon Mackie was at his scintillating best on Friday night with an unbeaten century in the Don "Captain" Coleman Twenty20 Shield, wowing a bumper crowd at Exies Oval.

Mackie produced one of the finest innings ever seen in the competition, smashing over a dozen sixes on his way to 115 not out as the Nomads eased to victory over Exies.

The enigmatic batsman dined out on an Exies attack that saw even the good deliveries dispatched for punishment, much to the delight of a packed balcony crowd at the venue.

Phil Burge who plays first-grade cricket for Exies but represents hometown side Coly Nomads in the T20 tournament said even he was floored by Mackie's clean power hitting.

"It was pretty good to watch," he said. "He's obviously got a hell of an eye for a ball and it didn't seem to matter what they tossed up.

"There were a lot more sixes than fours everything seemed to go over the fence rather than through it."

It didn't matter that no other Nomads batsman could stick with him: Mackie's score alone was enough to account for Exies, which produced 8-98 in response to lose by 70 runs.

Mackie has played GDCA first grade for Exies, the parent club of the Coly Nomads, and proved on Friday night he has more than enough ability to make an impact at the top level of local cricket.

"He's certainly got the ability to change a game especially Twenty20," Burge said.

"It's a bit hard, he can play some weeks but not some others so it's a bit hard for him to play first grade all the time (for Exies).

"He just enjoys his cricket (in second grade) and that's probably how he wants to play it."

The Twenty20 competition resumes on Friday night with the Griffith Over 35s taking on Yenda and Coro facing Hanwood at Exies No.1 Oval.

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