Greg Mail keeps on breaking records – it’s just that these days, he already holds the records he’s breaking, so we don’t notice quite so much. Saturday’s dominant 164 not out against Western Suburbs was his 42nd century in First Grade, which further extends his lead over three of Australia’s greatest opening batsmen – Victor Trumper, Warren Bardsley and Bob Simpson – each of whom scored 36. As the next-best current player on the list is Ben Rohrer (with 19), it is impossible to imagine this record being matched within the foreseeable future. It was his 29th First Grade century for Sydney University – Ed Cowan, with 12, is second on the list. In the course of the innings, he became the first batsman to pass 14,500 runs in Sydney First Grade cricket, and the first batsman to pass 9,500 First Grade runs for Sydney University.
In the course of his opening partnership of 119 with Greg Mail on Saturday, Will Hay became the ninth player in the Club’s history to pass 6000 runs in all grades. He now has 6027. In the same innings, Nick Larkin fell one run short of achieving the same milestone: his aggregate for the club in all grades is now 5999.
Jim Ryan’s 6-62 against Western Suburbs in Second Grade was his second five-wicket haul in Second Grade.
Fourth Grade produced an excellent effort in the field to come within a single wicket of dismissing Wests twice in a day. Jack Gibson’s 5-19 was his second five-wicket haul for the club and his best analysis in any grade.
Kobe Carroll’s 72 against Western Suburbs was his highest score in Fifth Grade.