Anecdotes – 22nd October

Quiet achiever

Ray Khamis (B2 Red) is one of those quiet achievers. Well, maybe not so quiet, but he gets results when bowling. This season, the big fella has bowled just 11 overs and has taken 7 wickets at the amazing strike rate of a wicket every 11 balls. All 7 wickets have been bowled and each of them middle stump. If nothing else Ray bowls straight.

Man of Steel

Tim Worthington (B2 Blue, Captain) is one tough player. A few weeks ago Tim was working as a Groundsman at Pymble Golf Course when a run-away golf cart took him out. Not to miss a game, Tim played a few hours later on one leg and with a badly injured quad.

Nothing stops Tim though, on the weekend with a leg that isn’t any better, he bowled 4 overs and was disappointed that he could only bowl this many overs.

Space Cadets

Our Seniors Captains are required to complete a Captain’s Certificate, Umpires Exam to be able to Captain a side and this remains current for 5-years. This year we had 9 Captains / Vice Captains sit the Exam with all 9 getting the 75% pass rate. Congratulations on passing the exam!

Three Captains / Vice Captains though excelled – Simon ‘Snumpty’ Smyth (A2) with 100%, Allan Raffel 99% (A2) and Amith Ninan (C3) 99%.

To quote Simon “…looking at the results it seems drinking beer during exams is the way to go” with the follow-up response: “Just proves that beer kills dumb brain cells.”

Run Machine

Michael Banner (A2) scored 131 against long-term rivals ARL on the weekend. Apart from being our 465th Club ton, this marked some great achievements:

  • 6th career ton. This brings Michael as the equal 2nd highest number of centuries by a player in our history.
  • He is now equal with Matt Venables (1991/92 to 98/99), Alex Connell (2001/02 to current) and Ranga Ediriwickrama (2004/05 to 16/17). The all-time record is 7 career tons scored by the great Laurie Tuckerman in A1 way back in 1951
  • Michael also brought up his career 5,000 runs and moves to the 6th highest run scorer in our history.
  • This ton was 5 years to the day (21 October 2012) since his last ton (112) in the first SPL game the Sunday boys played.

“Cometh the Moment cometh the Man”

James Makin, record breaking A1 Captain, did it again on the weekend. With a few key players out and chasing 185 in a session to win an important game James, who opens the batting, got his highest score in A1 with 87 – beating his previous best of 85 way back in 2010/11. This is on top of his inspirational batting in the Grand Final last season when he top scored with 51 in the 2 run loss.