Victorian Super Slam: Glenn Maxwell blitzes unbeaten century for Fitzroy-Doncaster

Glenn Maxwell phoned the Lions asking for a run in the Victorian T20 competition. And he played a remarkable knock at the Bill Lawry Oval.

Stars captain Glenn Maxwell lit it up for the Lions. Picture: Steve Tanner
Stars captain Glenn Maxwell lit it up for the Lions. Picture: Steve Tanner

Four hours before Tuesday’s night Victorian Super Slam match against Northcote, Fitzroy-Doncaster captain Ejaaz Alavi took a phone call from a Lions player asking he could play in the Twenty20.

“Of course you can,’’ Alavi replied.

The player making the call was Glenn Maxwell.

And the Melbourne Stars captain gave a brutal display of batting at the Bill Lawry Oval.

The Dragons hit 3-180 but the Lions replied with 5-185.

Maxwell cracked 125 not out off only 61 balls, putting away 9 sixes, four of them in one over.

His performance attracted little attention in Victorian Premier Cricket circles since the online scores were incomplete.

Maxwell batted at No 3 but walked to the crease in the first over of the run chase.

“Chasing 180 is never an easy task in T20, but we were always ahead of the rate. He looked like he was doing it easy,’’ Alavi said of the club’s international.

“Then towards the backend he killed the game with a few sixes.

“Really, really good to watch.’’

The Lions hadn’t selected Maxwell in the team because they assumed he was tied up with Stars commitments.

But he had returned to Melbourne and was on the golf course with a Geelong player when the Super Slam matches were mentioned.

“At around 1pm he gave me a call and said he was keen for a hit and did we have a spot for him,’’ Alavi said.

“I said absolutely, of course you can, if you want a spot you’ve got one. So at 4.30pm he rocked up at Northcote, played and had a good hit ahead of his next game with the Stars.’’

Alavi said Maxwell played with Fitzroy-Doncaster every time the chance arose.

“He loves being around the guys and giving advice to all our young guys,’’ he said.

“Even after the game he had plenty to say about what we did well and what could have done better. It’s amazing to have him around, great for the club as a whole. We’re very lucky.’’

Maxwell joined the Lions in 2007-08 and has played 78 First XI matches.

Originally published as Victorian Super Slam: Glenn Maxwell blitzes unbeaten century for Fitzroy-Doncaster