Cricket club marks cen­tury

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

LEEM­ING Spar­tan Cricket Club is rais­ing the bat to cel­e­brate its 100th year.

The club was formed in 1918 as a way for re­turn­ing ser­vice­men to ease their way into post-war life and it be­gan life as the Spar­tan Cricket Club in Fre­man­tle.

More than 2000 peo­ple have played for the club, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Test bats­man Cameron Ban­croft and former WA player Mark Atkin­son, who won two Olly Coo­ley Medals for be­ing the fairest and best player in the WA Dis­trict Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

The club has ac­cu­mu­lated 55 pre­mier­ships, in­clud­ing 11 first grade flags – the first was claimed in 1922.

A cel­e­bra­tion night will take place at the Es­planade Ho­tel in Fre­man­tle on Novem­ber 17, with me­dia per­son­al­ity Di Dar­mody the MC and Taxiride lead signer Ja­son Singh pro­vid­ing the en­ter­tain­ment.

Dur­ing the night, the Leem­ing Spar­tan Cricket Club Team of the Cen­tury sides, leav­ing Fre­man­tle vic­to­ri­ous in the first in­nings.

Fre­man­tle will take on Bayswa­ter Mor­ley at Stevens Re­serve in round 6, while Wan­neroo will bat­tle it out against Mt Law­ley at Breck­ler Park. will be an­nounced.

Club sec­re­tary Daniel Coombs said the vibe at the club was very good and ev­ery­one was ex­cited about the cel­e­bra­tions.

“The cel­e­bra­tions have been two years in the mak­ing,,” he said. “Our his­tory is sec­ond to none and the guys have been metic­u­lous in look­ing back at the years; if you look at our web­site you can go into great depth about it.

“Just on the week­end, Michael Ben­nett be­came our lead­ing wicket-taker with 635 wick­ets.

“Our cul­ture has al­ways been about win­ning games and hav­ing fun; last year we had five of our seven sides win pre­mier­ships.”

Cen­te­nary ball tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www.spar­tans.com.au, via email at sec­re­tary@spar­tans.com.au or by con­tact­ing the club on 0438 005 493.

Tick­ets are $150 and they must be pre-pur­chased by Mon­day, Novem­ber 12.

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