On Sunday morning, in the Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia, Ed Cowan hit a boundary from Daniel Worrall's bowling to bring up his 10,000th run in first-class cricket. 1001 of those runs were in Tests; he has also scored 4085 for Tasmania, 2728 for New South Wales, 739 for Australia A, 478 for Nottinghamshire, 377 for Australia on tour, 213 for Oxford Universities 157 for British Universities, 147 for Gloucestershire and 93 for the Cricket Australia XI. Ed's record now stands at 10,018 runs at an average of 42.09.
In the same round of Shield matches, Tom Rogers, fast bowling spearhead of last year's First Grade premiership side, dominated Tasmania's match against Western Australia. In his only innings, he hit a career-best 48 from only 57 balls; then, with the ball, he wrecked WA's first innings with career-best figures of 4-9 from only three overs. He added three more wickets in the second innings to finish with career-best match figures of 7-55. In six Shield games this season, Rogers now has 25 wickets at an average of 15.28. We could compare these figures with the bowlers who were preferred to him for NSW contracts, but that would be unkind.
First Grade's outstanding performance in the Limited Overs Cup semi-final puts Sydney University in the final of the competition for the fourth time. University's only win in the competition was in 2010-11; the club was runner-up in 1997-98 and 2009-10. University now meets Parramatta in the final at Old Kings Oval on Sunday 4 March.
Hayden Kerr's rapid 62 against University of NSW in First Grade (67 balls, four 4s, 3 sixes) was his sixth half-century of the season, and took him past 500 runs in the First Grade season for the first time in his career. He followed up with another fifty (78 from 72) in the Limited Overs semi-final against Bankstown, as well as career-best figures in Firsts of 3-31. A pretty reasonable weekend.
During his 55 against University of NSW in First Grade on Saturday, Damien Mortimer passed 1500 runs for the club, all of them in Firsts. His match-winning 91 against Bankstown in the Limited Overs semi-final on Sunday took his total of runs for the season to 863, a career-best. During his 91 he passed 3000 runs in First Grade: he now has 3011 - 1371 at 24.92 for Campbelltown and 1640 at 51.25 for University.
During his unbeaten 21 against Bankstown on Sunday, Ben Trevor-Jones passed 500 First Grade runs for the season for the first time in his career.
Liam Robertson collected his 100th wicket in First Grade when he dismissed Bankstown's Aaron Bird on Sunday. He is only the fourth player in Sydney University's history to complete the double of 2500 runs and 100 wickets in First Grade, after Greg Mail, Ian Moran and John Grimble. In all grades, Liam has passed 5000 runs and 150 wickets: only Greg Mail, Ian Moran, Darby Quoyle, Tom Kierath and Mark Wilson have achieved both milestones for the club.
Lawrence Neil-Smith, in his match-saving last wicket stand with Ben Joy against University of NSW, made his highest score in First Grade (40 not out).
Jono Craig-Dobson, with 5-29 against University of NSW, earned Second Grade a vital win and captured his career-best figures (and first five-wicket haul) in Second Grade.
Dugald Holloway claimed his 50th wicket in Second Grade (including 12 for Eastern Suburbs) when he dismissed University of NSW's Vivek Kashyap on Saturday.
During Jack Hill's 64 against University of University of NSW he passed 1500 runs in Second Grade. He also passed Keith Sheffield (3982 runs) to become (with 3998) the 37th highest run-scorer in the club's history.
Sam Wood's extraordinary, matchwinning 82 not out against University of NSW was his first half-century for the club and his first in Premier Cricket (although he scored 50 not out for Randwick-Petersham in Metropolitan Cup).
Alex Bell's 56 against University of NSW was his highest score, and first half-century, in Fourth Grade.
Brodie Frost followed a career-best Fifth Grade score in Round 12 with a career-best Fourth Grade score (63) against University of NSW - which was also his first half-century in Fourths.