Winning partnership of 236 for Launceston

BEING part of a 236-run partnership isn't a bad effort in any cricketer's book.

Launceston Cricket Club batsmen Jade Selby and Tom Bennett were basking in that achievement last weekend after combining in one such match-winning partnership for their club.

Selby scored 175 not out and Bennett made 70 - the pair batting all day to rescue the Lions from trouble at 4-43, and helping steer them to victory over NTCA ladder-leader Westbury.

The 35-year-old Selby returned to the club where he has won nine A-grade premierships and eight one-day flags this season to help out the club's young talent.

And the 300-gamer rediscovered the batting form that has seen him score more than 10,000 career runs for the Lions.

``It was nice to bat with one of the young guys and that's why Ross [Clayton], myself and Tuey [David Tueon] have come back to try to give some experience back to the young guys,'' Selby said.

``It was great to be able to play with Tom and see how he operates out there and work with him and it was nice to put on a big partnership with him instead of a Ross, or [Andy] Belsak or [Chris] Bassano - it's been a while.''

Selby said he rated his century knock and the partnership as one of his best against a quality opposition attack. 

``They bowled really well in those three sessions and it was good to tough it out against a really good attack and then bat the day with poor old Tommy getting out just before the end,'' he said.

``I'd rate it as one of my better ones because it is nice to know I can still do it and because it was a good attack and they made us work hard and earn every run.''

For 21-year-old Bennett, his score of 70 was his highest first-grade total.

``It was pretty good batting with Jade - he makes it look very easy so it was good batting down the other end with him out there,'' he said.

``I was pretty happy with my effort - I gave a couple of chances early, but batted OK.''

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