Botha and Anderson pass milestones
Last weekend saw two more players reached the targets that were set down at the beginning of the seasons as ones that might well be reached.
Andre Botha passed the landmark on 11,000 runs when he scored 49* against North County 2. Having come to Ireland as far back as 1995 he made his debut for Clontarf, before moving on to North County and then this year to Terenure. He reached his landmark in 279 matches and batted 265 times, of which 57 were not out. In all he has scored 11,013 runs at an average of 52.94 with 24 hundreds, a record (as I mentioned previously) in Leinster Senior Cricket, and 64 Fifties. If that was not enough, he has taken over 420 wickets! I would not back against him reaching the magic double of 5,000 runs and 500 wickets, though to get to 500 wickets with the nature of cricket now being played is a difficult ask.
John Anderson reached his target of 3,000 runs when he scored 101 in the Leinster Cup semi-final against Clontarf last Saturday. This was his 87th match and 77th innings. To date he has scored 3,057 runs at an average of 47.03 with 6 Centuries and 17 Fifties. He made his debut for Railway Union in 2005 and subsequently moved to Merrion.
Well done to both for achieving these targets, and I wish them well in going even further.