Proud milestone for club stal­wart

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SU­BI­ACO Floreat Cricket Club stal­wart Alex Mal­colm scored his 5000th Premier Cricket run two Satur­days ago in what could be his last sea­son.

The for­mer club cap­tain was un­aware of the 5000-run milestone but said the fig­ure was a proud ac­com­plish­ment that took more than a decade to achieve.

“It is a nice milestone to achieve, but prob­a­bly more an in­di­ca­tion that I’ve played for a long time,” he said.

“I will be proud of that when I fin­ish up but I am the type of guy who thinks he could have done a lit­tle bit bet­ter or done a lit­tle bit more.”

Mal­colm, who has won three pre­mier­ships, had one of his great­est mo­ments in 2011 when the opener guided his beloved Su­bi­aco Floreat side to one-day and two-day flags, with scores of 128 and 86 show­cas­ing the opener’s class in high pres­sure sit­u­a­tions.

The for­mer WA Sec­ond XI player said he felt less pres­sure in fi­nals, with the op­por­tu­nity to per­form on the big stage enough mo­ti­va­tion to make ev­ery run count.

“Once you know you can do it in big fi­nals and big mo­ments to help your team win big games, you don’t have any fear or doubts about your abil­ity,” Mal­colm said.

“I have re­ally en­joyed those big­ger games. I al­most felt less pres­sure in those games than per­haps games against teams down the bot­tom or on flat wick­ets in the mid­dle of Jan­uary.

“You’ve got noth­ing to lose in a fi­nal, but you learn from ex­pe­ri­ence. I failed in some fi­nals early on in my ca­reer (but) I got bet­ter the longer I went.”

Mal­colm has be­come one of the most con­sis­tent per­form­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion, cred­it­ing his prepa­ra­tion and mind­set to forg­ing a ca­reer as a toporder bats­man.

“The older you get and the longer you play, the bet­ter you get at pre­par­ing,” he said.

“You learn that there are a lot of things as an open­ing bats­man that are out of your con­trol; the only thing you can con­trol is your prepa­ra­tion and mind­set.

“I have cer­tainly got bet­ter at mak­ing sure I am in the right frame of mind, no mat­ter what the sur­face or where we are placed in the game.

“It is some­thing that takes a long time and I wish I had learnt it ear­lier.”

Mal­colm will likely fin­ish his crick­et­ing days as a one-club player, be­gin­ning his al­le­giance with Su­bi­aco Floreat in 1996, mov­ing from ju­nior cricket through to the se­nior ranks. “Su­bi­aco is my home,” he said. “I love the place and I love the club. Some of my best mates have come from the club.

“I started play­ing In­ver­ar­ity Shield there, so nearly 20 years I have been as­so­ci­ated with the club.

“The guys who were at my wed­ding 18 months ago, a large ma­jor­ity are from the club and I count them as close friends.

“It’s a spe­cial place. I am re­ally proud to be a part of it and proud to rep­re­sent and play there for so long.”

Alex Mal­colm has scored his 5000th Premier Cricket run.

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