As the light began to fade at the South Oval nets, he was the final player remaining 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 has achieved the milestone of 1,000 runs in Cricket ACT First Grade competitions.
He has been in sparkling form in the opening stages of the one-day competition, notching up two unbeaten half-centuries in three games at the impressive average of 76 (third behind Weston Creek’s Mark Bennett and Eastlake’s Tom Henry).
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 the match against Queanbeyan a couple of weeks ago. 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, pummeling six boundaries along the way.
“Queanbeyan is a very good team and I batted as well as I have for a while. It was good 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 has now passed 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. 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 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.
Murn managed 13 against the in-form Eastlake at Kingston Oval to take him past the 1,000 run milestone, but losses to Norths and Eastlake have dented his side’s finals hopes.
With just three matches remaining before the One Day finals, Murn will be heavily relied upon to deliver with bat and ball for the Owls.
Injury has restricted Murn to sending down his medium pacers off one-step, but the all-rounder has still been remarkably effective, taking four wickets at an average of 28 runs per wicket.
One can rest assured that Murn won’t rest on his laurels now that he has written himself into the record books with his one-thousandth First Grade run.
Come Tuesday night he will be back in the nets, chipping away, until bad light forces him out.