Daniel Solway has become the first player since Kurtis Patterson eight seasons ago to score a century on First Class debut for NSW during day one of the round three Marsh Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval, Friday.
Solway, 24, remained unbeaten at stumps on 129 from 283 balls with his century taking on extra importance given the Blues were at one stage 5/107 and finished the first day 7/274. Solway became the 24th NSW player to score a century on First Class debut.
Nathan Lyon joins Solway at the crease unbeaten on 22. The debutant sharing a vital 108-run sixth wicket partnership with Blues skipper Peter Nevill (53).
South Australian seamer Chadd Sayers claimed an impressive 6-55 from 23 overs for the hosts.
Solway was selected for the match from outside the Blues contracted list, but previously contracted as a rookie in 2015/16, and is currently a Cricket Manager in Western Sydney with Cricket NSW.
The right-hander was one of two Blues to make their First Class debuts on Friday alongside 20-year-old contracted rookie Matt Gilkes, who debuted just four weeks after also making his first One-Day domestic appearance for NSW.
Gilkes and Solway became the 752nd and 753rd First Class cricketers for NSW.
Batting at No. 3, Solway filled the position that Patterson has made his own in recent seasons for the Blues, who missed the match due to injury.
Patterson famously scored 157 on debut against Western Australia in November 2011 becoming the youngest batsman to score a Sheffield Shield century at 18 years and 206 days.
The Solway century was a reward for several years of consistent form in the NSW Premier Cricket competition for Bankstown and NSW Metro at Second XI level, mostly opening the batting.
Since the start of the 2017/18 season, Solway has scored more than 1200 runs at an average better than 50 in Second XI cricket including 195 not out against Western Australia in round one this season.
In NSW Premier Cricket, he has scored 5,000 runs averaging 40.
Solway came to the crease with the Blues 2/33 after South Australia made the most of the decision to bowl first removing both openers, Daniel Hughes and Nick Larkin (16), cheaply.
However, the situation was not unusual for Solway who has spent the majority of his career opening, showing the determination he has become known for at First Grade and Second XI level.
Solway has reached the boundary 15 times during his almost six hours at the crease so far.