IN IT FOR THE LONG INNINGS
Lifelong player still keen to have a hit
Deadly at the crease and a force for the Warren-Blackwood Cricket Association as a whole, Peter Bamess has loved cricket for most of his life.
Born and raised in Pemberton, Peter began his journey in junior cricket.
“I’ve been playing as long as I remember, I’ve been playing since juniors, back when there wasn’t much of a junior competition in Pemberton,” he said.
“I started in senior cricket when I was about 14 and have played ever since for Pemberton.”
Peter has now played 298 games for a total of 11,084 runs at an average of 39.30 and has also taken 334 catches.
He said he enjoyed “everything” about the game, from the game itself to the camaraderie.
“You can play with people you wouldn’t normally mix with, as in you can play with young kids and have a good time and older people,” he said.
“I think in Pemberton at the moment we have a 67-year-old and some 14 and 15-year-olds playing, so it’s a nice mix of players.”
In days past, Peter was also a medium pace bowler and has also taken 207 wickets for an average of 14.95 across his cricketing career.
“I prefer not to bowl these days,” he said.
“I leave it for the young blokes now.”
Peter’s cricketing highlights over the years include his highest score of 197 not out, captaining Pemberton’s first premiership in the 1998-99 season and being
part of seven premierships. “The 197 not out was back when it was 60-over cricket, so I just ran out of time to get three more runs,” he said.
“When we won our first premiership as a team, after having been unsuccessful to that point, was a great memory.
“I need to mention my supportive family, especially my wife, who have allowed me to pursue my cricket interests.”
Having been involved in cricket for decades, changes within the association have included a bigger competition, with teams including Greenbushes and Mayanup.
With clubs “leaving and
returning”, the association has always seen change within the region, according to Peter.
He has also been involved on the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association committee, including being the treasurer for more than 10 years.
In addition to playing for Pemberton, Peter has also represented the association at Country Week, of which his highlights include the team making it into the A-division competition.
At an association level, Peter has played 112 games, with a total of 2587 runs at an average of 24.41.
“Making some hundreds in
Country Week is the ultimate when playing at that level,” he said.
“They’re the ones I value the most, playing against other associations.”
Peter said there were many factors aside from his appreciation of cricket that made him make the move from junior to senior cricket.
“In the early days of playing within the association, it was quite competitive and there were strong teams,” he said.
“I like to put a bit back in that hopefully people get some of the enjoyment I get out of it.”
Peter’s cricketing role models include Dennis Lillee.
“I think everyone my age has always liked Dennis Lillee, he was always the main man, even though I’m not a bowler,” he said.
His other role models include Rod Marsh and, more recently, Adam Gilchrist.
Peter encouraged more people, juniors and seniors, to get involved with cricket.
“It’s good fun, you can work on parts of your game to get something out of it,” he said.
“You can be a bowler, a batter, you don’t have to to be a six-hitter, you can work to strengths in your own game and become a good cricketer.
“It’s a game that if you work hard, you can improve.”
When we won our first premiership as a team, after having been unsuccessful to that point, was a great memory. -Peter Bamess
With more t h a n 11,000 runs and 200 wickets to his name, Pemberton Cricket Club member Peter Bamess has been a valuable member for the club and the W a rren-Blackwood Cricket Association as a whole since he was about 14.