Matthew Moxon probably didn't figure his name would sit next to Australian Test batsman Matthew Renshaw this season.
But it does.
Moxon has joined Australian Renshaw as the only two players to pass 300 in the 2018-19 season according to the MyCricket records.
Playing for Coffey’s Hotel against Bombala in Nimmitabel, Moxon clocked up 314 runs not-out including 33 sixes.
Staggeringly, his score came off just 130 deliveries where the 22-year-old took the Bombala bowling attack to task, stacking up a 14.5 runs-per-over average with the side comfortably batting out their 45 overs to finish 4/411.
He also joined the select few to hit six sixes off as many balls.
Club officials said he had become the first Monaro player to hit a triple century with both teams forming a guard of honour for Moxon when he left the field.
“At the completion of his innings both sides formed a guard of honour which was a fitting touch. The Bombala boys are to be commended with they conducted themselves,” Coffey’s club president Mark Williams said.
An authority on all things Monaro cricket, Williams said it was an astounding effort.
“It was an incredible display. Players from both sides remarked that they had never seen an innings ever like it,” he said.
“It’s the best performance I’ve seen. Matthew is a very talented cricketer, arguably one of the best in south-east region.”
Williams said the score had also surpassed the previous Monaro best by a long way with the last record believed to have been set in 1895.
Speaking to a “pretty sore” Moxon on Monday afternoon the batsman said he realised he was onto something special after cracking his first ton.
“Once I got passed 100 and I was still hitting the ball really well after a few big overs in the middle I started thinking I might be able to push over two hundred runs,” Moxon said.
“But I never thought it would end up where it did.”
“Although I have had a few decent scores over time, I’ve never done anything ever like this,” Moxon said, still coming to grips with the record score.
“It was a case of every man has his day and mine was on the weekend.”
With temperatures soaring well into the 30s at the ground, Moxon said it might very well have been adrenaline fuelling him, but admitted “I was starting to wear out a bit towards the end”.
“It was very hot and very tiring and I’m feeling a bit sore now,” he said with a laugh.
Moxon said his favourite shots were either a pull shot, or straight down the ground, but he was getting hold of everything on Saturday.
“I was trying to go after anything full,” he said.
“It was a pretty good feeling I’m not going to lie, but all credit to the Bombala boys, they kept at it all day and put in a top effort.”
Bombala took to the crease with optimism, trying to match the required run rate from ball one.
Coffey’s Steve Summerville, fresh from not having to bat, removed all but one of Bombala’s top six batsmen, taking 5/19 off five overs in his first spell. Bombala were all out in the 24th over for 132.