Anecdotes – 1 December
T20 Master Blaster
One of the quiet achievers in our Club is Andrew Morris (A2 – pictured right with son, Zac). Andrew coached his son, Zac’s team throughout Juniors and hadn’t picked up a bat for many years. In 2016/17 all that changed when Zac was old enough to combine playing Juniors and Seniors. Apart from being our highest run scorer, the highest run scorer in the A2 comp this season and having scored 2,000 runs at 46.4 his T20 form isn’t too shabby either.
Next weekend, his A2 side play the Berowra A1 side in the 1st Grade T20 Grand Final. A bit like a Club in the NRL playing the Roosters from all perspectives. An A2 side playing a top A1 side looks like a mismatch. But….you never know – enter Andrew.
In his 11 x T20 games Andrew has played in he has won all 11 games. A few other things to note:
- Scored 457 runs @ 76.2 runs
- Became the highest T20 run scorer in our history this season passing the great Andrew Fiedler who has 389 x T20 runs
- Andrew has the only T20 century for our Club and averaged a cool 219.0 in his first T20 season (2016/17).
So while the Bookies are drawing short odds on next week’s GF…… you never know.
After awarding our prestigious Space Cadet Award to an Opposition Captain last week for batting on so that he could score a personal ton, and got a draw as a result, we are back home.
This time to another Captain, our very own Phil Wurth – Captain 24 in A1 Grade. Going out to toss the coin Phil thought we were playing top of the table Berowra. Unfortunately, we were playing Glenorie. He also gets a double gong for not having Luke Herzog on the Team list.
Being privileged to be able to play in an Association that is surrounded by bush we have some great stories about our wild life friends. An extract from our Club History is a good one:
”In 1895, in a match between Glenhaven and Glenorie at Glenorie Park, a fieldsman, James Stubbs, chased a ball into the outfield where he found a large black snake with a “spherical bulge half way along its length”. After calling, ‘lost ball’ the batsman “smote the serpent on the head and the ball was recovered with a knife”.
Since then we have had many instances of snakes on grounds, especially at Berowra Oval and Arcadia. A goanna is frequently seen walking across the Old Dairy ground. Then of course there are the stories about Eric Junkkari (B2) who had to lay face down on Bannockburn Oval when a swarm of bees passed very close by. We also have Bob the Echidna a regular local at Samuel King Oval.
Our latest ‘animal whisperer’ is Xander Vink (C3 and pictured). To quote his dad, Paul:
“Xander Vink – the Magpie Whisperer – attracting some Black and White mates…at one stage he had 10 of them!
Was it his Black & White attire? Was it the Black & White Car? Was it
a secret Black & White Power?
Captain’s Certificate Answers
Last month, our Captains and those willing to be our backup Captains, had to sit for a Captain’s Certificate – an Umpires course that makes sure that Captains actually know the rules. All of our Captains got their accreditation – well done boys. For those of us who think we know the main rules and want to test yourself then see how you go in the top 5 questions – here
The secret to success
Ben Meikle (A2 Red) is one of the top bowlers in the A2 Comp and has been for a long time. What is the secret to his consistent performances and how does he have such energy when most of his Team are fading late in the day. The secret has been found – an afternoon nap. This shot taken at Dural Park during the Tea break of the latest game finally reveals the secret.