THE expression “nervous 90s” took on a whole new meaning last week, when Nowra batsman Scott Fagerlund had to endure seven days anchored on 99, and constantly reminded about it by those around him.
However the 20-year-old returned to Hayden Drexel Oval full of confidence, and soon registered his maiden first grade century against premiers Ex-Servicemen.
He was far from finished, for he went on to amass 158 which set up the team’s declaration and paved the way for its comfortable victory.
Fagerlund made his team’s highest ever score against Ex-Servos, bettering the 133 compiled by Dick Stephenson in the 1965-66 semi-final.
It was the highest for any Nowra first grader since Craig Larsen’s 182 in the 1997-98 semi-final against Central Districts.
Fagerlund was assisted in a 147-run partnership by Kurt Quinlan who finished on 39 not out, having been content to give his aggressive partner the strike.
Their stand was a club record for the seventh wicket, passing the 132 added by Nick Goodger and Nathan Bowden against Bomaderry in 2004-05.
• Fagerlund’s previous SDCA century was while he was playing with Ex-Servicemen thirds against Ulladulla United Blues in 2010-11.