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Whitstable batsman Buzz Gould hits 17 sixes on his way to a career-best 158 against Sibton Park

By Alex Hoad

Whitstable batsman Buzz Gould revealed "everything clicked" for him as he hit 17 sixes in a career-best innings to inspire his side to a huge Kent League victory.

The 20-year-old – who first turned out for the Belmont club’s 2nd XI seven years ago – scored 158 at Sibton Park on Saturday as the visitors made 351-7 declared, with 102 of his runs coming from maximums.

Buzz Gould plays another big shot for Whitstable Picture: Barry Goodwin
Buzz Gould plays another big shot for Whitstable Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gould said: "It all just went to plan. I took my time to get started, I batted with Dean Lewis for a while and that settled me down and then I just took off.

"I was fortunate Ben Purcell pushed a few around and allowed me to put on a hundred partnership with him.

"Everything just seemed to click and I couldn’t have played any better."

The total passed his previous best knock of 156 while playing in Australia and it also took him to the head of the family scoring charts.

Gould said: "I got 90 off 42 balls once and my previous best score was 156 when I was in Sydney a couple of years ago. Afterwards, I called my dad, and he said 'you’ve still not beaten my best score of 157' - so at least that one’s out of the way."

Whitstable bowled Sibton Park out for 115 to win by a massive 236 runs.

Gould's older brother Josh took 6-32 to help wrap up the result.

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