Today in ACT Premier 1st Grade cricket, Blake Dean reached a unique milestone in Premier Cricket around the country. In what is believed a first, Blake Dean became the first player to hit a half century batting both left and right handed.
Dean, who has previously represented the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, opened the batting for Weston Creek Molonglo making 57 runs off 60 deliveries, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes. He shared a century opening partnership with Josh Myburgh, who made 54 off 86 deliveries.
This was the first time that Blake had played a ACT 1st Grade match batting both right and left handed. Last weekend he played in the ACT Twenty20 Competition known as the Konica Minolta Regional Cup making 72 runs in the three matches played over the weekend.
Originally from Bathurst, Blake has played 1st Grade in Sydney for University of NSW in 2008/09 before moving to Canberra to play for Queanbeyan, Tuggeranong Valley and now for Weston Creek Molonglo. He spent the previous season honing his craft in second grade as a left handed batsman, starting the Southpaw Project which he has documented his journey through social media. In addition to batting right and left handed, he also bowls spin left and right handed. A truly unique cricketer.