Rick Ladson only had one thing on his mind after his record-breaking 233 not out for Sedgwick on Sunday – sleep.
Ladson’s remarkable innings against Marong in the Emu Valley Cricket Association came less than 24 hours after he kicked four goals for Pint in Darwin in the Northern Territory Football League.
The Hawthorn AFL premiership player missed the first day of the Sedgwick-Marong game on Saturday to make a flying visit to Darwin to play footy alongside best mate Peter Caldow.
Ladson kicked 4.3, played well and Pint had a convincing win over Wanderers.
“I flew out of Darwin at about 1am, got back to Melbourne at about 6.30am, drove back to Bendigo and then had a couple of hours sleep before cricket,’’ Ladson said on Monday.
“I was hoping I wouldn’t be required with the bat, but we got in a bit of trouble.”
The Rams were 5-63 chasing Marong’s total of 170 when Ladson strode to the wicket to join team-mate Dustin Elliott.
Ladson and Elliott batted “sensibly” to guide the Rams past Marong’s total in the 57th over of the 75-over match.
Ladson was “50-odd” when Sedgwick secured the points and he then went on a scoring blitz in the final 18 overs.
Ladson scored about 180 runs himself in the final 18 overs as the Rams went from 5-170 to 6-424 at the close of play.
“Things opened up a bit late in the day,’’ Ladson said.
“I was hitting the ball pretty sweetly and it was just one of those days. Dusty Elliott (108) batted superbly and we worked well together.
“Once we’d won I had that freedom to open up.”
Open up is an understatement. Ladson belted 15 sixes and 21 fours in his 233 not out.
The innings surpassed the club’s division one record of 185, which Ladson set last year. It also broke the Rams’ all-time record, which was Peter Tyack’s 212 made in a division two game.
“When the players clapped the 150th run I was shocked. I didn’t realise that I’d got there that quickly,’’ Ladson said.
“A message came out when I was 196, so I got a two, a single and another single to get off 199.
“I got dropped couple of times between 120 and the end, so I was a bit lucky.”
“It was nice to get 200, but the main thing was we got the win.”
Ladson was just excited about Elliott’s knock and the performance in division three of 14-year-old Bailey Ilsley.
“Dusty has been around the club a long time and it was great to see him make a big hundred,’’ Ladson said.
“Bailey is only 14, but he made 99 in a one-day game on Saturday. It’s great to see the young players doing so well for the club.”
A double century would normally mean a few celebratory lemonades after the game.
“The only thing I could think of when I was walking off the ground was how quickly could I get home to bed to get some sleep,’’ Ladson said.