As the light began to fade at the South Oval nets, he was the final player remaining in the nets with willow in hand.
“Shot!” proclaimed a couple of Fifth Graders that had just called it a day, now standing and watching in awe.
ANU all-rounder Scott Murn enters Round 4 of the Gallop One Day Cup just eight runs shy of 1000 in Cricket ACT First Grade competitions.
Murn has been in sparkling form in the opening stages of the one-day competition, notching up two unbeaten half-centuries in three games.
The 21-year-old doesn’t have to dig too deep in to the archives when recalling his favourite innings in the Baggy Blue.
“I think probably last weekend against Queanbeyan. I think that was a really good knock for myself and good win for the team,” said Murn.
The dismissal of Big Bash League star Aiden Blizzard brought Murn to the crease with his side at 3/72 chasing Queanbeyan’s 206.
The former University of New South Wales player produced an innings of 64 not out to guide the Owls to victory, plummeting six boundaries along the way.
“Queanbeyan is a very good team and I batted as well as I have for a while, and it was nice to be there at the end when we got over the line.”
There is still one more achievement with bat in hand that Murn is searching for, something that may come as a surprise given he is closing in on the one-thousand run milestone.
“I haven’t hit a hundred yet for ANU, so that’s on the to-do list. I think I’ve got about nine or ten fifties, but no centuries yet so, certainly hoping to get one or two this year.”
Murn has come a long way since his First Grade debut for ANU a few seasons ago, when he turned out in ANU colours against his junior club after a stint in Sydney.
“I was playing against Weston Creek – which was my old club back in Canberra – and I was on 2 and I chipped one straight to cover.”
“I didn’t take a wicket either, so I didn’t do much that game,” he laughed.
Fast-forward to this Saturday and Murn will be looking to help ANU get themselves back in to the winners’ circle against the in-form Eastlake at Kingston Oval.
Despite Eastlake’s strong start to the season, Murn believes that the Owls may have the edge in the batting department.
“They’re short a couple of bowlers, so I think that’s where with our batting we can really look to get on top of them.
“I think if we play well, we’ll knock them off, but the key will be putting up a total.”
As for how Murn thinks he will bring up his one-thousandth run?
“Probably attempted cover drive, edge it through midwicket for one.”
One can rest assured that Murn won’t rest on his laurels should the milestone come this weekend. He will have deserved it, his work ethic is proof of that.
Come Tuesday night he will be back in the nets, chipping away, until bad light forces him out.