SEB Dix turned in career-best performances with bat and then ball for Randwick in the Martin Berrill Stroud League, smashing 101 and following up with 7-51 to clinch a 150-run victory away to Rockhampton 3rds!
The 30-year-old only joined Randwick this season after moving to the village and deciding to unpack his cricket kit after last playing in 2015 when he spent half the summer turning out for Frocester 3rds.
Seb, who only has to walk up the hill to the club, admitted he was still in a daze as he reflected on two quite remarkable performances in the Premier League.
“I would have been in dreamland with a 50 and a five-for so it’s all a bit surreal to be honest, to score a first league hundred and finish up with seven wickets.”
Seb, who describes himself as a bowling all-rounder, was particularly pleased with his century though Rockhampton were left to rue spilling a difficult chance at cover when he had scored only one.
He went on to take advantage of short boundaries to hammer ten fours and four sixes as Randwick reached 261-6 from their 40 overs before the teams took an extended tea break to enjoy England’s World Cup quarter-final.
Seb was then called back into action as an opening seam bowler, but things did not go exactly to plan.
“I think my first four overs went for something like 38 and Anthony Lax, our captain, was starting to think of taking me off.
“They were 52-0 and we were wondering what to do. But I got a wicket in my next over and it was classic case of one brings two as wickets started to go down.”
Seb paid tribute to Chris Bryan who took a terrific diving catch at third man as he snared his next victim off a thick edge.
“That,” he said, “was the turning point as we then got on top and in my last six overs I had figures of 7-12.”
Both of Seb’s performances are thought to be the best in the 35-year history of Randwick. And he did not even have to buy the customary two jugs to celebrate his achievements with both bat and ball.
“After I got my third wicket, Anthony said ‘you’ve got to buy a jug for getting a 100, but if you get a five-for I’ll get that’ so it all worked out brilliantly.”
Rockhampton will be glad not to catch sight of Seb again this season as he was also the match winner when the sides met back in May, contributing an unbeaten 39 in a low-scoring one-wicket victory.