Rob Aitken by the numbers

Rob Aitken who currently plays for UTS North Sydney Cricket Club will play his 500th NSW Premier 1st Grade Match tomorrow. He has played the most Premier 1st Grade matches in NSW and also no other player across Australia has played 500 Australian Premier 1st Grade matches.

  • He has played in 499 matches currently, the nearest is Ken Hall with 471 matches.
  • He is currently 6th on the total of 1st Grade Wins with 202 victories. Ken Hall leads with 257, then Jarryd Burke with 219, Greg Mail 217, Anthony Clark 207, Ian Moran with 204 followed by Rob.
  • He is participated in 30 NSW Premier 1st Grade seasons, only one of 10 players to do this. Warren Bardsley holds the record with 35 seasons.
  • He has played in 265 1st Grade matches with his brother James Aitken. This is a record for siblings and second overall for players, with Anthony Clark and Grant Lambert holding the record with 291 matches together.
  • He is 10th on the overall list of 1st Grade run scorers, needing 27 runs to pass Grant Lambert to move into 9th position. He could possibly move into 5th position, needing another 500 runs to pass Richard Chee Quee. Greg Mail holds the record with 15,242 runs.
  • Overall, Rob has scored 11,387 runs at an average of 29.35 in 494 innings. He has been left not out on 106 occasions. His highest score is 116 against Sutherland. He has made 8 centuries, 59 half centuries and 38 ducks.
  • He has taken 618 wickets in 1st Grade at an average of 27.00. He has bowled 5010.3 overs, 887 maidens and conceded 16686 runs. His best bowling is 6 for 25 against Northern District. He conceded an average of 3.33 runs per over and has taken 5 wickets in an innings on 14 occasions.
  • He has taken 158 catches in 1st Grade.
  • He has played 47 matches in the T20 competition, scoring 639 runs and taking 48 wickets.
  • His most successful season in terms of runs is 820 runs in the 2004/05 season.
  • His most successful season in terms of wickets is 42 wickets in the 2000/01 season.
  • He has played for 4 1st Grade clubs, Fairfield-Liverpool (1992/93-1994/95), Petersham-Marrickville (1995/96-1996/97), Parramatta (1997/98-2000/01) and North Sydney (2001/02-present)
  • He has played 294 matches currently for North Sydney.
  • He has played against all 20 1st Grade Clubs as well as T20 matches against Greater Illawarra, Illawarra and Newcastle.
  • He has scored the most runs against Mosman (859), followed by Manly-Warringah (855) and Sydney University (723).
  • He has taken the most wickets against St George (43), followed by Penrith (41) and Manly-Warringah (39)
  • He has played on 33 1st Grade Grounds in his Premier 1st Grade Career
  • He has scored the most runs in his career at North Sydney Oval with 3667 runs. He has also passed 1000 runs at Old Kings Oval.
  • He has taken the most wickets in his career at North Sydney with 184 wickets. He has also passed 50 career wickets at Old Kings Oval.
  • He has batted at all possible batting positions in 1st Grade. He has had the most innings at positions 6 and 7, scoring 3962 and 2941 runs respectively at those positions. He has also passed 1000 runs at positions 4 and 5.
  • He has played the most matches in 1st Grade with his brother, James Aitken with 265 matches. He has also played over 100 matches with Glenn Aitken, Scott Rodgie, James Campbell, Justin Avendano, Mathew Burton and Glen Sullivan.
  • He has been dismissed the most times by Warren Buttigieg, Adam Semple and Dom Thornely, each dismissing him on five occasions.
  • He has dismissed Nathan Catalano the most times (5), there are then 11 players which he has dismissed on 4 occasions.
  • He has been dismissed caught (both fielder and keeper) on 238 occasions (48.2%), bowled (13.8%), lbw 44, run out 23, caught & bowled 13 and stumped twice.
  • 52.2% of his wickets are caught (both fielder and keeper), 15.5% lbw, 14.4% bowled, 13.2% stumped and 4.7% caught and bowled.

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