Cricket great shares sto­ries at ju­nior cricket fundraiser

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

An Aus­tralian cricket leg­end stopped by Tom Price at the week­end to share his ex­pe­ri­ences for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and its local ju­nior cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

For­mer na­tional player Doug Walters was the guest-of-hon­our at a three-course din­ner at the Moun­tain View Sport­ing Club on Satur­day, where he took ques­tions and an­swers from the more than 50-strong au­di­ence as part of a fundraiser for the Tom Price Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

He also spent a few hours run­ning coach­ing clin­ics for a hand­ful of lucky ju­nior crick­eters on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Moun­tain View Cricket Club pres­i­dent Jim Can­ning said Walters had vis­ited as part of a tour of North West WA — his sec­ond in two years — and had also re­cently vis­ited Hed­land.

He said meet­ing a leg­end of the game like Walters and hear­ing his sto­ries was an ex­cit­ing and rare op­por­tu­nity for the Tom Price com­mu­nity.

“He talked about his ex­pe­ri­ences as a player in the Aus­tralian side,” he said.

“He was a char­ac­ter. He’s a very hum­ble man.”

“It was good to hear about the different way cricket was played in those days and the way the play­ers earned very lit­tle money and still ded­i­cated them­selves.”

Walters played 75 Test matches for Aus­tralia be­tween 1965 and 1981, mak­ing a Test hun­dred on de­but for his coun­try.

The Tom Price visit was spon­sored by Pil­bara con­struc­tion com­pany Ben­nco Group.

Pic­ture: Jim Can­ning

Aus­tralian crick­et­ing leg­end Doug Walters with Ben­nco Group di­rec­tors Ben Wil­liams and Todd Bennett at the Moun­tain View Sport­ing Club, and one of the items of memorabilia bought on the night.

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