Things started pretty well for Kurtis Patterson. Not many people can say that they averaged 163 in First-class cricket after their first match for the NSW Blues!
When he debuted at the SCG in 2011/12, no one had any idea who Patterson was. 189 deliveries later, he was back page news.
The young left-hander shared a 221 run partnership with Simon Katich, before falling to the part-time bowling of Wes Robinson for 157.
It truly was one of the most sensational performances, and saw him pass Nic Maddinson as the youngest Blue to score a century on debut.
What is even more surprising is that Patterson hasn’t played a First-class match since.
The 20 year old featured prominently for Australia in the under-19 World Cup played in Australia last year.
He made handy scored of 39 and 49 against Scotland and South Africa, but saved his best for Nepal with a faultless 86.
Patterson only faced two deliveries in his one off match for the Sydney Sixers last season. After hitting a boundary off Ben Laughlin’s first ball, the youngster was knocked over by the tournament’s leading wicket taker before he had time to celebrate.
Will be back with a vengeance this season.