Nick Bertus has written himself into Parramatta cricketing folklore with a stunning 215 in his side’s rout of Western Suburbs at Old Kings Oval.
The first grade captain strode to the crease after a loss on the third ball of the innings, compiling his score in just 233 balls.
It was the highest score by a Parramatta player since 1898/99 when Les Pye compiled 244.
Bertus, who compiled an unbeaten 116 in his previous match against Hawkesbury, said consecutive centuries was a great way to start the year.
“I've never gone back-to-back hundreds so that was big for me,” he said.
“I was pretty determined to try and get a really big score and make a statement and I was lucky enough to do it.”
Alongside opening batsman William Affleck, the pair plundered the Western Suburbs attack, passing the away side’s score of 283 with the partnership finally ending on 330.
The partnership broke the Parramatta record that previously stood at 323 and was the fifth highest second-wicket partnership in grade cricket history.
Affleck also compiled 121 off 229 balls, with Bertus saying their contrasting styles worked well together.
“He's a lot more defensive and assured whereas I was a bit more aggressive and scoring quite freely so we complemented each other quite well,” Bertus said.
“It helps each other the way we bat. Hopefully there's more to come with him opening and me at three, some more big partnerships in the future.”
Currently sitting atop the competition run scoring list with 360 runs in just three innings, Bertus was selected in this week’s NSW second XI trial game on Wednesday and Thursday in Blacktown.
“Hopefully I get another good score and you never know what might happen,” he said.
“The best of grade cricket are playing so I'm really looking forward to it. I'm in good form so it's a good time to get a big score.”
With two wins and a loss in the first three rounds of the 2016/17 season, Parramatta will come up against a strong Northern Districts side.
“They're one of the better teams, especially when they've got all their state players,” Bertus said.
“They'll be a really really good challenge and we’ve had some good games against them over the last few years.
“We're all up for it, there's a pretty good vibe amongst the players on the team. If we can go 3-1, it really sets the season up well.”