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Former NSW SpeedBlitz Blues batsman, Greg Mail, has become the leading First Grade run scorer in the 119 year history of Sydney Grade cricket, surpassing the mark set by former team mate Greg Hayne. Gregl began the weekend needing 55 runs to pass Hayne’s career tally of 12,354. He knocked off 42 of those runs during Day One of Sydney University’s Two-Day fixture against one of his former clubs, Sydney, on Saturday, before making the record his own with 67 in his side’s First Grade Limited Overs Semi Final loss to Fairfield-Liverpool, taking his First Grade career run tally to 12,409.
Greg, who topped the Fifth Grade averages as a 15-year-old back in 1993-94, has represented four teams in First Grade: Parramatta (1995/96), Hawkesbury (1996/97 – 1998/99), Balmain/UTS Balmain, now the Sydney Cricket Club (1999/2000 – 2003/04) and Sydney University (2004/05 – present). He was team mates with Greg Hayne at Sydney from 1999 – 2004. The majority of his runs have been made for Sydney University (7,414) followed by UTS Balmain (2,837), Hawkesbury (1,924) and Parramatta (234). Greg also shares the record of most First Grade centuries (36) with Victor Trumper and Warren Bardsley.
He played 72 First Class matches for the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues making 4,085 runs at 32.16 with nine centuries. Of the 12 occasions that a NSW player has carried their bat through a completed First Class innings and the 16 occasions that a player has scored a century in each innings of a First Class match, Mail is the only NSW player to have achieved both of these feats during his career.
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