Double century: Teen belts way to legendary score
At just 13 Tighe Morris has managed to secure a rare and remarkable feat sure to arouse plenty of envy among many a seasoned Sunshine Coast cricketer.
The USC talent belted his way to 223 not out on the weekend during a Division 7 clash against Caboolture.
It was an amazing effort that's not only believed to be a club record but one that's propelled him to number three for batting average in Australia, across all ages and genders.
He hit the top score in just his first season within senior ranks.
"It didn't really hit me to a bit later that I'd hit 200 but it was pretty special," he said.
"It feels pretty good, especially against the opposition that gave me a bit of chat.
"It was pretty tough and pretty hot out there."
He hit 16 fours and two sixes during the spell.
Prior to the epic knock, Morris nailed 131 during an U14 Brisbane competition over winter.
Morris plays as part of a "dads and lads" team at USC, with father Steve on hand to witness the display.
"It was awesome," father Steve said.
"It's rare for kids to get 100s let alone 200.
"To score that many runs against adults when you're 13 and in your first season of senior cricket is a pretty good result for the young fella."
He was impressed that Morris managed to hold his nerve at the crease for a lengthy innings.
"To be out there batting for five hours straight, the concentration level that takes (is huge)," he said.
"Most adults can't do that let alone kids.
"Most kids will get to 20 or 30 and play a silly shot and get themselves out."
At the start of the season Morris said he had a goal to score 1000 runs.
After seven matches he's sitting on 770 with about 25 matches to go.
"Hopefully, by the end of the year I can reach it," he said.
The Matthew Flinders student has enjoyed plenty of success on the cricket scene over the past few years.
He's played and been top run scorer for Queensland in carnivals and has captained Sunshine Coast State Championship teams.
He said he'd savoured playing against senior talents this year.
"It's been pretty different," he said.
"Obviously being against taller people made a change but it's been pretty good so far and hopefully that can continue for the rest of the season."
Morris said he'd also enjoyed being able to play alongside his dad.
"It's been pretty good, he talked himself up for a while but he hasn't done too much," he laughed.