Ton of emotion for Davern

UNTIL last Saturday, Grant Davern had almost done it in cricket_ now he has.

The Hadspen veteran known as ``Davvy'' scored his first century in almost 400 games as a Chieftain with a superb 118 against Diggers in A-reserve.

Davern, 44,  was part of the inaugural Sidmouth XI, which relocated to Hadspen in the early 2000s, has won seven premierships, is the club's leading run-scorer with more than 6000 runs, the second highest wicket-taker with best figures of 6-24 and is only one of three Chieftains elevated to icon status.

However, the A-reserve skipper's highest score for the club until last weekend was 85 against Exeter during the 2009-10 season.

``I had a 98 not out for Scamander against Ringarooma and that was my highest score,'' he said.

``I never thought I'd get there.

``I wasn't nervous at all . . . I didn't really think about it but I thought I must have been reasonably close.

``I was overjoyed and a bit disappointed Tracey (wife) wasn't there to see it.''

Davern helped Hadspen to 303 off its 40 overs and took the last wicket to secure his side a narrow eight-run victory over Diggers.

Hadspen coach Tommy Walker, who played in the match, said it was a fantastic and emotional moment.

``He has been a legendary player for this club and is probably our most influential character,'' Walker said.

``I've never been happier for anyone to score a hundred _ he is the immortal man.

``He may be in his 40s but the passion in the man never changes.''

Davern is also a multiple best and fairest winner, captain, president and life member.

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