Maiden century in fine style

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2014
Adam Keene  and Mike Gavan
PROUD OPENERS: Turuturu Titans opening batsmen Adam Keene and Mike Gavan after their unbeaten knock against the Turuturu Phoenix at Hawera on Saturday.

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Teenager Adam Keene capped an already fruitful cricket season in style for the Turuturu Titans in a South Taranaki lower grade match on Saturday.

On the back of several half-centuries and a five-wicket bag in the leadup to Saturday's final round robin match against the Turuturu Phoenix, Keene smashed a maiden century.

The 15-year-old Hawera High School pupil was unbeaten on 129 at the end of the 40-over innings. He combined with Mike Gavan for a club record unbeaten opening partnership of 279, with Gavan 111 not out.

Turuturu club captain Lee Bird said both Keene and Gavan showed tenacity and mental toughness, with Gavan taking his young partner under his wing and helping guide him through to his maiden century.

"This is the highest opening partnership recorded for our club both in duration and score and came off 240 balls plus a few extras," he said.

"There are a special few who can claim such an accolade at any level of cricket, let alone from a 15-year-old playing in a men's grade."

For the record, the Titans won the match comfortably by 167 runs, with Adam's older brother Ben Keene picking up three wickets.

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