STEWART Brew is a hot favourite to reach 1,000 runs in the CMI Sunday League this season. Tipping him are those people close to him and in the know. 'I don't think he will have a problem. I would say he will get twelve or thirteen hundred runs this season,' says HKCC Optimists opening partner, Rodney Bannister. Brew's captain, Mark Winstanley adds: 'If he keeps going at this rate, he should achieve 1,000 runs easily.' After just three innings in the Sunday League, Brew has accumulated an aggregate of 317 runs at an average of 158.5. His lowest score was four against Dragons in the season-opening game for the defending champions. But Brew followed that rare failure with 203 not out against the Scorpions - his highest score in the Sunday League - and 110 last week against Little Sai Wan. On this early form, Brew is most likely to vindicate the faith his teammates have in him by early next year. 'I'm just trying to bat well,' Brew said modestly. He says the chances of players reaching the 1,000-run mark this season have been improved tremendously by the change in the format of the competition with sides facing 50 overs each. 'In the past, sides would declare at around 270 by about the 45th over. Now sides have to bat 50 overs and those extra overs mean a batsman can get more runs,' Brew explained. The Australian has already hit the 1,000-run target once before, the second cricketer in the history of Hong Kong cricket to do so. The first was Templars' top batsman Rahul Sharma who pipped Brew by a couple of hours during an exciting 1993-94 season. This season, however, Brew seems untouchable. 'He is streets ahead of everyone else at the moment,' said Gordon Jones, HKCA director of administration, who also handles the statistics.