The early 1940’s were certainly the golden years of cricket at Scots. In 1943 J.R.(Ross) Scribner amassed 834 runs in one GPS season ending the year with the incredible average of 104.25. This leaves Ross with a batting average even greater than the most famous cricketer of all time, Don Bradman.
Listed below are Ross Scribner’s scores:
Riverview 4 & 68
Sydney High 238
Grammar 145 & 101 not out
St Joseph 77 & 43
Newington 101 not out
The above shows a double century and three centuries, two unbeaten, in a total of 10 innings. This is certainly a record for The Scots College and in 2012 is still the GPS record for one season. Ross Scribner died of cancer in September 2007 with this record still intact.
During this same period John Kershaw started bowling leg breaks at the age of 14 in the College 1st X1 in 1942. Over a four year term he amassed 185 wickets which is also a GPS record and Scots record.
The actual figures for John are as below;
1942 24 wickets for 578 runs
1943 52 wickets for 739 runs
1944 46 wickets for 495 runs
1945 63 wickets for 602 runs (GPS record)
Total 185 wickets for 2414 runs
The 1945 figure of 63 wickets in a season was the GPS record at that time and stood until 1954 when another Scots cricketer, Allan Edgar broke the record with 65 wickets at an average of only 6.9 runs per wicket. This record still stands in the year 2012. Allan Edgar recorded 148 wickets in the years 1952-4 at an average of 7.9.
Most GPS runs in a season:
834 runs in 1943
HELD FOR 68 YEARS
Most GPS wickets in a career:
185 wickets in years 1942-5
HELD FOR 66 YEARS
Most GPS wickets in a season:
65 wickets at 6.9 runs per wicket – 1954
HELD FOR 57 YEARS