It's Steve Hobson week here on Milestone Monday. Everyone's favourite folically-challenged South African ripped up the record books out at Owen Earle Oval, with a phenomenal 229 not out against Hawkesbury in Second Grade. In the process:
- he posted the highest score ever recorded for Sydney University in Second Grade, passing Adam Theobald's 226 against Northern District in 2011-12 (a match in which Steve scored 226 runs fewer than Adam);
- he notched up his second double-century for the Club. Only one other player (Greg Mail, who scored three) has managed more than one double century for the club (although Ed Cowan has a double-hundred and a 199);
- he now has (with 240 and 229 not out) two of the four highest scores ever made for the club in Grade cricket. Top spot is shared by Test batsmen Ed Cowan and Johnny Taylor, with 253; five years before the Grade competition commenced, Test all-rounder Tom Garrett hit 274 for the University 1st XI against the Albert Club; and
- he passed 3000 runs in all grades.
In First Grade, Nick Larkin hit a dominant 140, his third successive century (after two in the Futures League) and his 11th First Grade hundred. He joins Eric Barbour on eleven First Grade centuries for University, behind only Greg Mail (32) and Ed Cowan (12).
During his polished 53 against Hawkesbury in First Grade, Damien Mortimer passed 1000 runs for the club. After the weekend, his tally stands at 1097 runs, all in Firsts, at the impressive average of 57.74.
Tim Ley's first wicket in the T20 match with Parramatta took him to 270 First Grade wickets for University, passing prewar NSW leg-spinner Walter Stack (269) to become the club's fifth-highest wicket-taker in Firsts.
Ben Trevor-Jones hit 68 against his former club, Hawkesbury, the fourth time he has passed fifty in First Grade (including one century).
The match against Central Coast in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 competition on Sunday was the first time University has played Central Coast in a competitive match since the two sides met in the 1973-74 Rothmans Cup Limited Overs knockout tournament.
Devlin Malone's 4-18 against Central Coast was his career-best return in a First Grade T20 match.
Ben Joy waited until his fourth match of the season before he had a chance to bat, and then carved the first delivery he faced in First Grade against Hawkesbury over long-off for six. The next day, he faced the first ball he faced in the T20 match against Parramatta for six. It's impossible to prove that this isn't some kind of record.
Charles Litchfield, with 94 against Hawkesbury, passed fifty for the third time in Second Grade (including one century).
On Saturday, Ben Larkin passed both Shane Stanton (5052) and Mark Wilson (5058) to become the 19th highest run-scorer in the club's history.
Also during the Second Grade match at Hawkesbury, Nicky Craze passed 1000 runs for the club in all grades.
Jazz Rinka made his Fifth Grade debut in the match against Hawkesbury and (with 2-38) took his first wickets.
Metropolitan Cup had a tough day at the office against Gordon, but Tim Synnott (4-75) claimed his best bowling figures for the club and Prasan Adikarige (2-31) collected his first wickets.
Finally, two players go into next Saturday on Milestone Watch: Ash Cowan has 5499 runs for the club in all grades, and Ben Joy has 99 First Grade wickets.