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Durham County Cricket

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Another point closer...

Nervous nineties

By Martin Emmerson
There are some things in life worth waiting for - an aeroplane to a sunny beach, a cold drink and of course the elusive century. Martin reflects on scoring that all-important 100...

Durham's Jon Lewis
Batsman Jon Lewis - out for season?

You've got to feel sorry for Jon Lewis.

JJ batted stoically in the second innings against Middlesex and then suffered that nightmare of nightmares.

Just 14 minutes short of six hours in the middle, he was out. He was on 99 at the time!

There can't be much worse to endure if you are a batsman.

His last century came in August 2004 at Colchester - his former home ground. Last season he suffered a nasty broken collar bone and missed the second half of the season.

So it was great to see him amassing the runs once again.

They talk about the nervous 90s in cricket and it seems in this case the nerves may have won.

He was out with a typically uncharacteristic shot, trying to cut one past point. He edged to Ben Hutton at gully instead.

One short of a century

Years ago, when scoring for Whitburn, my dad was batting. He had not scored a century before and in a cup tie at Easington one night he smashed the ball to all corners of the ground.

I think it spent as much time in the adjacent allotments as it did actually on the field of play.

He raced past his half century and motored onto the 90s. Then suddenly his style changed.

He cautiously approached 99 and stayed there for what seemed like ages, waiting for the ball to murder for that elusive tonne.

Half way through the shot, a shot which would have seen the ball in the allotments again, he changed his mind. He was caught out for 99 too!

Absolutely gutted he came to the scorers hut to check with me and the Easington scorer to make sure we had not missed a single somewhere.

We hadn't. However, he did go on to get a 100 eventually, but it was years later.   

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