Osbourne’s milestone innings
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.”