A batting milestone not achieved in 104 years of the Auckland University Cricket Club’s history looks likely to be reached tomorrow.
Barrington Rowland, a 32-year-old premier grade club player, has a chance to be the first to score 1000 runs in a season for the club.
Rowland says he had no idea about the record when he was batting last week, but his teammates told him and that motivated him to keep going to try and break it.
Rowland currently sits on 995 runs for the season, heading into the final weekend of the competition. The existing club record is held by Brian Hardie with 997 runs during the 1980-81 season.
“No pressure at all,” says Rowland when asked about his nerves heading into the final weekend.
“I don’t really play for records and it will depend on the game situation and other results to determine whether I have the chance to get the record,” he says.
If Rowland does reach the magical figure it will be made all the more remarkable considering the quality of some of the club’s former players that include New Zealand internationals John Sparling and Mark Richardson.
Born in Bangalore, Rowland played first class cricket for Karnataka in India from 1999 to 2007. During this time he learnt the skills of the game from teammates and Indian cricketing legends Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.
“They set such high standards,” says Rowland.
“It’s really competitive in India and you need to score big hundreds to keep your place in the team. The main thing I took from playing with Dravid was learning to be hungry for runs,” he says.
Rowland could already have the club record had it not been for a string of injuries this season.
“I’ve had two injuries this season, I pulled my hamstring and fractured my thumb causing me to miss five games,” he says.
“I definitely would love to challenge myself and play first class cricket again,” says Rowland.