A PADLESS Josh Hamilton got off the mark with a single.
And by the sounds of things that was the last single of his innings as Brenno's Boys tailend batsman Hamilton cracked 25 sixes on his way to 247 not out against Mighty Ducks in the opening match of the 2014 Frenchville Sports Club Country Carnival on Saturday.
Batting at No.8, 20-year-old Hamilton strolled to the crease without any pads on and with his team seven wickets down and still short of the century mark.
Playing at the diminutive Kettle Park on Rockhampton's southside, Hamilton and fellow tailender Gavin Charlesworth combined to steer Brenno's Boys to an incredible 8-540 from their 40 overs.
Charlesworth was dismissed for 147, almost double the Mighty Ducks' total. The hapless Mighty Ducks had only eight batsman after a couple of late withdrawals.
The good sports they are, Brenno's Boys joined them in the field to help stem the run flow.
After he brought up his century, Hamilton, who plays second grade for Gracemere Bulls, said he thought they'd call it a day.
"I did feel a little bit (sorry for them)," he said.
"I thought once we got the runs it'd be over, but because it goes on averages they had to spend the full 40 overs out in the field."
Remarkably, Hamilton's double century wasn't the best performance from a Brenno's Boys cricketer in the annual carnival since they began playing 16 years ago.
Eric Munchow scored 269 at the same venue a few years ago.
"The boys got up and cheered when I got my hundred, but after that I didn't really know what I was on.
"Then I heard someone saying I was getting close to Eric's score, so I dug in a bit harder to try and get it."
Munchow, who plays alongside his sons Aaron and Steven in the team, quickly brought Hamilton back down to earth.
"He said to me that he got his runs off a lot better bowling than what I was facing," Hamilton said.
In yesterday's match against Rovers at Victoria Park, Hamilton managed to score 69 in Brenno's Boys' 211.