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Maiden First-class Century for OC Lewis McManus

published in July 2016

Many congratulations to OC Lewis McManus on scoring his maiden first-class hundred for Hampshire in their County Championship match against Surrey last week. Lewis, who has played regularly for Hampshire 1st XI this summer, scored 132 not out as he tried to help the side to avoid following-on after Surrey's huge first innings total.

The Hampshire CCC website reports:

"21-year-old McManus spent over four hours chipping away on the hottest day of the year, scoring 16 fours and two sixes off 232 balls, after Adam Wheater (59) and Sean Ervine (52) had built smart half-tons.

Wicket-keeper batsman McManus joined the action shortly before lunch, and batted with real composure on his way to fifty after the break and surpassed his highest first-class score.

Whilst Berg – Ervine’s replacement – scored quickly, timing the ball beautifully as he made 40 off 47 balls, McManus analysed the situation and absorbed Surrey’s pressure – the 21-year-old looked an experienced veteran of the game.

McManus reached a measured century off 171 balls, hitting 16 fours and two sixes, to help Hampshire secure a fourth batting point and take real positivity from a third testing day against Surrey."

All those at Clayesmore Prep and Senior schools who follow Lewis' progress will be delighted to see his success which is a fair reward for his dedicated and professional approach to improving his performances, which he has maintained consistently from a young age.