Os­bourne’s mile­stone in­nings

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

BELMONT Cricket Club (BCC) cel­e­brated a mile­stone on the week­end as Greg Os­bourne played his 400th game for the se­nior squad.

The for­mer leg spin­ner joined the club in 1988 after mi­grat­ing from Vic­to­ria.

“I’ve just al­ways played cricket,” Os­bourne said. “It’s a sport I love.” In­clud­ing his time in Vic­to­ria, Os­bourne has played 530 games of cricket.

His most trea­sured mem­o­ries were of win­ning A-grade grand fi­nals and bowl­ing a team out for 26.

Th­ese days he sticks to bat­ting, “hid­ing some­where in the mid­dle”.

“The shoul­ders still work, they’re just not happy when I throw,” he said.

He said the club would have to wheel him out in a wheel­chair.

“It de­pends, I sup­pose it’s all about the body but you love the ca­ma­raderie,” he said. “When I was a young fella I couldn’t be­lieve th­ese old blokes still played.

“Guess who is one of the old bas­tards now.”

Os­bourne said he hoped young play­ers kept the club go­ing into the fu­ture.

“The so­cial side at the club was tremen­dous but it’s very dif­fer­ent now,” he said.

“There’s too much else for young peo­ple to do and they don’t hang around the club house after a game or spend money.”

The BCC has re­lied on sales of drinks and food from the club house, plus mem­ber­ship fees and fundrais­ers, to keep it­self run­ning.

Os­bourne said Aus­tralian sport was vi­tal to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

BCC pres­i­dent Ja­son To­bias said Os­bourne was a fix­ture at the club house.

“He’s al­ways there after a game, never drink­ing – I don’t think I’ve ever seen him with a beer in his hand – al­ways with his can of Pepsi,” he said. “He’s one of those blokes who can just look at some­one and give them a nick­name; half the time I don’t even know why.”

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