Hackney breaks runs U19 Champs record
Date of Event : Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:00AM
NSW Metro opener Ryan Hackney in action during the tournament final // Brody Grogan

Emerging New South Wales batsman Ryan Hackney has broken the all-time runs record at Cricket Australia’s Under 19 National Championships.

Hackney, 18, achieved the feat across three tournaments, surpassing Australia and Tasmania keeper-batsman Matthew Wade’s record of 1091 runs at the 2017-18 edition in Tasmania.

The left-handed opener now has a total of 1,104 runs at Under 19 level, after scoring 127 runs for the CA XI in 2015-16, 595 runs for NSW Metro in 2016-17, and 382 runs in 2017-18.

But the record was the furthest thing from his mind.

“(I had) no idea… I got told today after I got out,” Hackney said after the final.

“I walked up here after I got out, and Beau (coach Beau Casson) said congratulations. I was like, ‘I just got out?’”

For Hackney, the feat wasn’t as important as claiming the Shield.

The Penrith CC product, who represented Australia U19s earlier this year, broke the record in the final in his innings of 21, which was part of an 80-run opening stand with centurion Jack Edwards (147 off 125)

“It’s good I guess, but I think it’s even better to win a championship,” Hackney said.

“It was a really good team performance in the end by the boys. We were gaining momentum all the way through the Championships, and to put in what was our best performance in the final was really good from us.”

For the past two years, Hackney has been the Under 19 National Championships’ second-leading run-scorer.

Had it not been for Victoria Bushrangers’ Will Pucovski breaking the runs record for a single Under 19s tournament, with 650 runs last summer, Hackney would have held that record also with 595 runs.

One of the unlucky players to miss out on selection for Australia’s 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup squad, Hackney will get the chance to represent his country for a second time in 2017.

He has been selected to represent Australia Under 19s in a three-match Youth ODI series against Pakistan in Melbourne later this month - and will also feature in the BBL Pathways match at The Gabba in January 2018.

“It should be a good opportunity against what should be a good (Pakistan) team. A good opportunity to test myself against an international team again,” he said.

Last updated: Saturday February 10, 2018 8:33PM