Laying down the law

VIRGINIA openers Shaun Lay and Ash Nicholas broke a Para Districts grade one cricket record on Saturday, with their 225-run opening partnership against One Tree Hill.

Lay made 139 runs – 108 of them coming from boundaries – while Nicholas made 83.

However, Nicholas, speaking on Monday, admitted that they didn’t know until Sunday that they’d broken the record.

“I don’t know (how I feel), you don’t go out there to break any records,” he said.

Nicholas had a rough start to the 2017/18 season before the record-breaking innings, making a duck in round one against Salisbury West, and 23 runs across two innings against Craigmore.

“I hadn’t been in the best form in the first couple of rounds,” he said.

“But it was good to have front row seats to the Shaun Lay show.

“I was disappointed I couldn’t get my century, but I was happy to notch up a personal best.”

Alternatively, Lay has been flying so far this season, making 76 runs in round one, and a collective 68 across two innings in round two.

Virginia finished its innings by declaring at 8/291 after just 49.5 overs.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.