A file picture of Tom Cooper, who scored a century for his Sydney grade club University of NSW on Saturday.
A file picture of Tom Cooper, who scored a century for his Sydney grade club University of NSW on Saturday.

Sydney ton a big step for Tom

By STEVE SPINKS

FORMER Corndale cricketer Tom Cooper accomplished something in Sydney first grade on Saturday that he never managed to do in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.

He scored a century.

The supremely talented right-hander hit 130 for the University of NSW in their first innings victory over Campbelltown-Camden.

It was his first ton in the big smoke.

Cooper was 33 not out the previous week before dominating the attack on Saturday.

The century was the talk of Cooper's former Hooker League club, Eastern Districts, yesterday.

Easts captain Bruce Jobson was extremely happy for his former charge.

"He has all the shots," he said.

"But what's most important is that he has a great temperament.

"He doesn't get flustered."

Despite his prodigious talent, Cooper never managed to crack a century in the Hooker League, which raises the question: How does the Hooker League rate in comparison with metropolitan grade cricket?

Jobson is in a good position to answer the question because he played in Brisbane second grade for many seasons.

"Maybe it's a lower standard down there (Sydney)," Jobson chuckled.

"Seriously, it's hard to say, but I think the best Hooker League team would be about a second grade side in Brisbane or Sydney."

Whatever the case, Cooper's 130 highlights his potential.

The stylish top-order batsman wants to crack the Australian Under-19 team for the Junior World Cup in India next year.

He was part of an Australian XI on a short tour to India recently, but will have to perform well at the Australian Under-19 Championship in Western Australia in December to cement a position.



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