Duncan Drew was more worried about getting off the mark than setting any records against Mid Canterbury last weekend.
But following a first-innings duck, the wicketkeeper-batsman got under way and became the highest ever run-scorer for North Otago.
Drew’s score of 17 not out brought his career tally to 2781, surpassing the previous record of 2775, held by his childhood coach Bob Wilson.
The milestone was met with cheers from his team-mates on the sideline, and bemusement from opposition players.
“When the guys clapped I was only on 12, so the Mid Canterbury guys looked like
“I made a joke of it and told one of the guys in the other team record, I’m the oldest guy ever to play’.”
The situation was explained more accurately in the post-game debrief.
Despite it being more than 25 years since his debut for North Otago, he was still enjoying the game, and had even returned to wicketkeeping.
Several members of the current North Otago team were not even born when Drew made his debut in 1994.
“It does make me feel old.”
The highlight of his 91 matches for the region, was the 102 runs he scored in North Otago’s Hawke Cup against Manawatu in 2010, he said.
He was also part of North Otago’s 2016 Hawke Cup-winning team.
Last year, he was made a life member of North Otago Cricket, and he is a selector for the Hawke Cup team.
“This year the squad is going really well and everybody is doing their part which is fantastic.
“It’s probably one of the strongest squads we have ever had so it’s going to make selection a good headache.”