Records fell all over the place in First Grade’s match against Manly-Warringah at the University Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Greg Mail’s masterful 179 was his 43rd century in First Grade, further extending his own record. He has now scored at least one First Grade century in 15 successive seasons, which is yet another record.
Nick Larkin’s outstanding, unbeaten 206 was his first double-century in First Grade and his seventh First Grade century overall. His innings took his tally of runs for the club in all grades to 6518 – during the day, he passed Craig Tomko (6366) and Alan Crompton (6373), and he’s now the sixth-highest run scorer in the Club’s history. He became the tenth batsman to score a First Grade double-century for the Club (Greg Mail having done so no fewer than three times).
The opening stand of 337 between Larkin and Mail set a new club record, erasing the first wicket partnership of 324 between Will Hay and, inevitably, Greg Mail, back in 2009-10. The old record was also achieved against Manly, and Adam Crosthwaite had the pleasure of being the Manly captain on both occasions (he’s also the only Manly player to appear in both matches). There has been only one higher opening partnership in the history of First Grade cricket – the legendary partnership of 423 between Victor Trumper and Dan Gee for Paddington against Redfern in February 1903. That match was played at Redfern Oval before a crowd of about 6000; the partnership lasted for only 135 minutes. Trumper made 335 not out in 180 minutes. Hits over the fence then counted for five, not six, and the batsmen changed ends when one was struck – Trumper hit 22 of them on this occasion, which probably slowed him down quite a bit, as he kept giving away the strike. Different times.
During his innings of 25 on Saturday, Jack Holloway passed 1000 runs in Third Grade (121 of which were scored for Eastern Suburbs).
James Crowley’s 92 in Fourth Grade was his highest score for the Club.
Christian Lorenzato’s 77 in Fourth Grade was his first half-century for the Club.
Charlie Litchfield hit 56 in Poidevin-Gray’s tense victory over Bankstown on Sunday, which was his first half-century for the Club.