The moment Jason Borgas cut Trent Kelly over the West Torrens slip cordon he etched himself into South Australian sporting history by breaking a record that had stood for 72 years.
With the stroke, the Sturt run machine finally passed a club run record held by Vic Richardson for over seven decades.
“There was a lot of talk around the club in the week leading up to the match,” Borgas said.
“A lot of the players I’ve played with have come out the woodwork and either given me a call or come down the club to give me a pat on the back. It’s been great!”
The latest record is just another in a growing list of records that includes an A-grade record for hundreds (18) and highest score (200no).
The batsman is also closing in on yet another club record. “ If I play another year or two I’ll come close to passing Vic Richardson’s games record. I might be shunned if I pass too many of his records,” Borgas jokes.
The 33-year-old said the record hasn’t sunk in, but has allowed him to reflect on a career with the Blues that started in his primary school years. “It’s made me reflect on playing club cricket for 15, 20 years. I’ve begun to look back at all the players I’ve played with and it’s brought back a lot of great memories.”
The left-hander also expressed excitement over the return of Shaun Tait back to the club, as he looks to resurrect he first-class career with the Redbacks. “It’s been great having Shaun Tait coming back to play the last couple for games with us.”
“Everyone’s really impressed. He’s come back down and been happy to bowls big spells. He bowled seven overs in a row the other week, which was totally up to him. He said he hasn’t bowled that many overs in a row for five or six years.”
Last week Tait collected figures of 5-28 (9) against Adelaide to hand Sturt first innings points.
“He clean bowled two blokes against Adelaide with sheer pace. He’s looking very quick,” said Borgas.