JASON Sangha will sit down for his first HSC exam on Monday after posting a career-best score of 162 not out.
Sangha, who turned 18 last month, produced the match-winning knock for Sydney first grade side Randwick-Petersham and according to Cricket NSW records no younger person has scored more runs when making a debut century in the state capital’s top tier.
His previous highest total in that competition was 60 midway through last season.
Twice prior the former Wallsend batsman had reached 138 in Newcastle under-15 and under-16 representative fixtures.
But this latest effort surpassed all of those and Sangha rated the unbeaten 235-ball milestone, which saw Randwick chase down Mosman’s 343 at Petersham Oval in Saturday’s second innings, alongside the rookie ton he made for Australia in an under-19 one-day match against Pakistan in Dubai in January, 2016.
“It’s definitely up there,” Sangha told the Newcastle Herald.
“That one and and my hundred with the under 19s in Dubai are probably two of the main ones.
“But this one really means a lot. I first started playing cricket for Randwick juniors and made some really close friendships and a lot of other relationships off the field.
“The club has done a lot for me growing as a cricketer and a person, similar to what Wallsend did when I was really young, and now Randwick has taken over that role again.
“It was my first score over 150 and there was some other history there as well, but it was more so the win and getting over the line that meant that little bit extra.”
Twelve months ago Sangha relocated from Newcastle to Sydney, where he was born, to take up full-time contract commitments with the NSW Blues and continue studies at Waverley College.
The former Hunter Sports High School student has English, Mathematics, Business, Physics and Legal Studies on his agenda during the next three weeks.
“I’ll be a lot more stress free when it’s over,” Sangha said. “It’s been tough trying to study and train as much as I can, but it has helped take my mind off cricket a bit as well.”
The main goal for Sangha this summer is performing at the under-19 national championships in Tasmania in December to make the Australian squad for the World Cup in New Zealand in January. He said a Sheffield Shield debut would be an added bonus.
“I’ve just got to keep doing my best at grade cricket and if I get those higher honours I need to take them with both hands,” he said.
Sangha lines up for the Sydney Thunder in a T20 academy trial against the Sydney Sixers at Rouse Hill on Wednesday before returning his focus to Randwick, who next play Fairfield-Liverpool, and Year 12 tests.