Aaron Wivell continued Wests’ recent batting run at Wallsend Oval on Saturday with a commanding 165 that rescued his team from early trouble.
The Rosellas were 3-4 on day one of the two-day encounter against Wallsend before the No.4 took control with a 208-ball knock compiled over almost five hours at the crease.
Right-handed Wivell clobbered 11 fours and seven sixes in round 10 of the Newcastle district competition before Wests were eventually dismissed for 281 with 10 overs left in the day. The Tigers finished 2-7 at stumps.
“It [Wallsend Oval] has been a happy hunting ground for us,” King said.
“I’m not sure why but we seem to bat well over there.”
Wivell, who had already posted two unbeaten half-centuries in the 40-over phase of this season, now has three scores of 150-plus during his senior career at Wests.
It sits underneath his previous 228 not out and 174, but above his 128 and 120 not out. The first of these milestones was reached in 2015-2016.
“It was really a chanceless 100,” King said.
“He showed a lot of application and maturity, which we’ve been waiting for from Wiv [Wivell].”
King (27) and Wivell featured in an 84-run stand for the sixth wicket, taking the total from 5-126 to 6-210.
No.10 Brad Aldous then chipped in with 33 not out, helping add 69 for the last two wickets.
While pleased to recover from a shaky foundation, King said “we’ve got ourselves in that situation a bit lately” and feels Wests fell short of par for that pitch.
“I wasn’t really happy with 280,” King said.
“I thought it was a 300-plus wicket so now we’ve got to be on our game to defend it.
“The two wickets we got were gold, but they’ve still got a fair bit of batting the sheds.”
Wallsend representative duo Nathan Price and Jake Montgomery are yet to make their way to the middle.
Tigers skipper Price opened the bowling and claimed figures of 3-31 from 18 overs. Kyle Bray (2-38) and James Beatty (2-67) were the other multiple wicket takers.