Tom Kierath has passed 500 wickets for the club. Only six other players (James Rodgers, Mick O’Sullivan, Chris McRae, Michael Farrow, Tim Ley and Terry Murphy) have reached this milestone since the commencement of Grade cricket in 1893-94, although three other players (Tom Garrett, Joseph Coates and Monty Faithfull) also took over 500 wickets in the years before Grade cricket. Tom actually collected his 500th wicket against Bankstown back in Round Nine, but it passed unnoticed due to a slip in the club’s records (some of his early T20 wickets had not been included in his career figures, although these are now recognised as First Grade wickets). A recount shows that he has now taken 216 wickets in First Grade; 211 in Seconds; 37 in Thirds; 14 in Fourths; 25 in Metropolitan Cup; and one in Poidevin-Gray, for a total of 504.
Damien Mortimer passed 500 runs for the season during his excellent 71 against Gordon in First Grade on Saturday. It was the 26th time he has passed fifty in First Grade (including six centuries).
Tim Cummins’ 80 against Gordon was his 15th score of fifty or more in First Grade (including one century).
A week after recording career-best bowling figures, Dugald Holloway posted his first half-century in First Grade, with 63 against Gordon.
Nihir Gandhi, with 4-25 against Gordon in Second Grade, returned his career-best figures for the club.
Max Hope has passed 1000 career runs in Second Grade.
Murray Watts captured his career-best figures for the club, with 4-10 against Gordon in Third Grade.
And we have two players on Record Watch:
Josh Toyer’s 4-35 against Gordon took him to 218 career wickets in Second Grade. He’s now only two wickets short of the club record of 220, taken by inswing bowler Chris McRae between 1972 and 1987. Next week maybe? No pressure.
Ash Cowan has taken his tally of runs for the club in all grades to 5998. Only eleven players have scored 6000 runs for the club.