Life­long player still keen to have a hit

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

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

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

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.

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