English county cricketer Grant Stewart described it as a “cracking day”.
And that’s not even taking in the 24 hours before.
Records tumbled at Canterbury as the Hunter-bred all-rounder produced a career-best performance for Kent against Middlesex.
In just his fifth first-class appearance Stewart scored a swashbuckling maiden century batting at No.10 on Wednesday morning (ADST) after claiming top figures of 6-22 opening the bowling the previous day, including the scalp of English Test player Dawid Malan.
The 24-year-old’s 103 was the highest total ever by a Kent batsman in that position, surpassing the effort of Alan Watt (96) at Lord’s in 1932, and made in only 71 balls it was the fastest hundred scored in the County Championship this season.
The ton featured 13 fours and five sixes, rocketing past his previous-best score of 38 from the first dig, which were mostly struck during a 17-over period and 100-run 10th wicket partnership with No.11 Ivan Thomas, who finished just one not out.
Maiden first class century for @GStewart195 !— Kent Cricket 🏏 (@kentcricket) June 26, 2018
The Spitfire Ground erupts as he square cuts Patel for 4 to reach the landmark off 71 balls (13 fours, 5 sixes).
Stand of 100 with Ivan Thomas 1*.
Kent 281-9 & lead by 496 runs.
Scorecard & HD highlights: https://t.co/O0o6MMazl4pic.twitter.com/kYyEnPq5m5
“I got a bit of a licence towards the end to have a bit of a crack, push the run rate on and try to set a decent total. Luckily it came off,” the former Newcastle and NSW Country representative told Kent Cricket media.
“I thought we were going to declare pretty soon, Mitch ran a drink out and said I had a couple of overs to have a crack. I think I was still 25 out then … but I managed to get there.”
Right-handed Stewart arrived at the crease with Kent at 8-165 and The Spitfire Ground hosts were eventually dismissed for 281.
Kent held a commanding lead of 467, having already made 241 and earlier skittling the visitors for 56, which was Middlesex’s lowest completed County Championship innings since 2006.
He square cut left-arm orthodox spinner Ravi Patel to the boundary to reach the three-figure milestone and was slightly lost for words after stumps.
“I don’t know [about the emotion],” Stewart said.
“I guess the hard work you put in sort of pays off and you’re just really happy to help the boys to a good total.”
Stewart, who grew up in Lorn and started his senior career at Maitland club Norths before playing two summers in Newcastle for University from 2014-2015, may even earn a promotion up a Kent order that also has former English internationals and Big Bash League pair Sam Billings and Joe Denly.
“I’ve got a few [hundreds] before and as a junior coming up I was probably more of a batter than a bowler to be fair,” he said.
“There is a bit of batting behind me and I’d like to bat up the order, but we’ve got such a good side that I guess you’ve got to earn your stripes to start with.
“So slot in at number 10 to start with and hopefully get myself up the order in time to come.”
Middlesex resume at 2-22 on day three with Stewart now just four victims away from a 10-wicket match.
The right-arm paceman, returning from a hamstring injury, enjoyed his first experience bowling with the pink ball in twilight conditions.