ARTICLE NO 16
26th JANUARY, 2018
Addy sports journalist Alex Oates excellent article regarding Michael Bowtell in last Saturdays Addy “Blast From The Past” featured his brilliant career at Newtown & Chilwell where he played in eight 1st X1 premierships and scored 4,680 runs at a stunning 46.3 in 117 games between 1973-1988. However the article totally excluded his initial 1st X1 career at Chanel College. Chanel was admitted to District Cricket in 1964-65, the same season as St.Josephs. Bowtell played junior cricket at Chanel and was selected in round no 3 against St.Josephs. An outstanding teenager he went on to play 50 games, compile 2,253 runs @ 46.9 and hit four centuries with a best of 159 against North Shore-Norlane in 1967-68.At Chanel College he compiled a record 2,253 runs, recorded the most runs in a season (750 @ 75.0 in 1967-68) and hit the highest score of that 159. His entire career at both Newtown & Chanel consisted of 6,933 runs @ 46.5 placing him in ninth position of most runs ever scored (Alf Clark of North Geelong the leader with 10,508 runs @ 43.1), his twelve centuries in equal ninth position (Jack Sing the runaway leader with 30). He featured in three 200 runs plus partnerships with captain-coach Bob Merriman at Chanel including a GCA record to this day 260 run unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket (Merriman 131no, Bowtell 114no) against St.Josephs in 1965-66. Playing for Richmond when leaving Chanel in 1969-70, he played four seasons then returned to Geelong and signed by Newtown & Chilwell. His eight premierships are only beaten by team-mate Greg Wells with nine, the two playing in Newtown’s golden years 1973-1990.
Oops! – this column stated last week that Newtown & Chilwell’s John Simson made 37 on debut in round 7 followed by 52 the following round. It was not his debut as he last played 18 games in seasons 2012-13 and 2013-14. In the interim he ventured to Torquay before returning to Newtown. With 5,000 plus players having played GCA 1st.X1 cricket I hope readers can forgive me for the odd blew.
Former GCA President, Grant Dew was a relieved man last Saturday night after notching his maiden 1st X1 ton at his junior club Thomson after a thirty year wait with 108 in Division 3 against Geelong West. It is quite remarkable that since leaving East-Belmont after the 2010-11 season, it has taken him 67 matches in both Division Two & Three at Thomson to finally hold his bat aloft with three figures. His Division One 1st X1 career at Manifold Heights, Geelong City, Cement and East yielded 5 centuries over 164 games with a best of 153no and back-to-back flags at East in 2004-05 & 2005-06.
50 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 1968
Australian captain, Bob Simpson, who retired after the 2nd. Test, was recalled for a farewell 4th Test in Sydney, Ian Redpath dropped to make way for Simpson who contributed low scores of 7 & 20. India lost all four Tests but its brilliant spin bowling attack of Bishen Bedi, Erapally Prasanna and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar bagged 46 of the 62 Australian wickets to fall.
Ron Simmonds was selected for his first game, the popular all-rounder capturing 3/28 in GWC&FC’s 7/179 Robert Scott a chanceless 64. Alan Ridgeway blasted 51 for Leopold whilst Brian Edwards followed his recent century with 78 for Newtown against North Shore-Norlane. Undefeated South Barwon could manage only 116 Russell Peake determined with 36 against Corio, Laurie winch’s 20 overs yielding 5/33. David Breheny in his first season and fourth match led St.Josephs with a promising 41, David Kelly taking 3/35 for Chanel.
25 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 1993
Former Thomson bowler David Batson skittled Lara for Geelong West, his 4/17 and Craig Scott’s 4/10 reducing the opposition for 56 and at stumps Terry Bright (22no) and Gary Finnemore (21no) had passed the target with outright points the aim next Saturday. Ian Barrot won the bowling honours for the day with 5/71 for East-Belmont against St.Josephs, its 196 highlighted with Damian Ford being the first St.Josephs batsman to “carry his bat” with 80no. David Lanyon bowled tightly in securing 3/38 off 28 overs for Grovedale against Leopold, captain-coach David Breheny following his 102 last round with 37. Chris Campbell reduced North Geelong with 3/22 to 206, Steve Duhau a to-be career best 56.
Tony Schwennessen, a Geelong Country Week premiership member in 1975 & 1977, showed he hadn’t lost any zip with 112 & 5/47 for North Geelong against Leopold 6ths. It was the first “double” in all GCA cricket this season. Former Sydney Swan footballer and South Melbourne 1st X1 cricketer Mark Russell collected 10 match wickets for 92 runs for City fourths.
10 YEARS AGO – JANUARY 2008
Torquay’s insipid 23 against Geelong City last round was almost revisited when the side was a perilous 7/19 against Leopold but a career best 38 from opening bowler Glenn Skrobolak coming in at no 8 saved his side from back-to-back humiliations with Torquay all out for 93 (Mark Stow 5/46, Rob Zanoni 4/43). Alf Clark tantalised this statistician with another 98 in his illustrious career against Geelong West, being remarkably his fourth 98 in his career. Also with scores of 99, 97,93,91,90 & 90, he now has 10 scores in the 90’s to accompany his 18 centuries to date.
Brad Stacey’s 67 was the only score over 18 for BPH against Lara, John Smith capturing 3/26 for Lara. Grant Dew (40), Beau Carroll (39) and Ben Spencer (35) joined forces to lift East-Belmont to 8/208 against Newtown & Chilwell, Tim Clark’s unusual job at the bowling crease reaping 3/26.
Geelong City after its first win for the season last round followed up with its highest score of the season with 9/203 thanks to a to-be career best 81 from opening bowler Travis Agg against Manifold Heights ( Charlie Owen 4/37). Shane Arthur, with just 17 runs until Christmas, continued his successes after the mid-season break, his 47 and 101no followed on this round with 76 against North Geelong, Keith Hillier taking 2/30 in west’s 5/182. Paceman Aaron Muncey’s 30no deposited Grovedale at 6/174 against St.Josephs, Sam Loftus a neat 2/14.
Meanwhile Adam Gilchrist played his last Test, his 96th in succession and controversial umpire Daryl Hair stood in his final Test, his 78th.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the listing of “Most Hundreds in a First-Class Career”, only one of the top 7 batsmen did not play at Corio Oval against Geelong over the years and that bat was Geoff Boycott. The top 7 batsmen, all Englishmen, are J. Hobbs (197 first-class hundreds), E. Hendren (170), W. Hammond (167), C. Mead (153), Boycott (151), H. Sutcliffe (149) and F. Woolley (145). Jack Hobbs played the most matches at Corio Oval in 1912, 1921 & 1929 with scores of 19, 138 & 50. C. Mead played twice in 1912 & 1929 returning scores of 65 & 37 whilst F. Woolley played in 1912 & 1921 contributing scores of 4no, 23 & 14. E. Hendren also played twice in 1921 & 1929 with 7 & 36no. Sutcliffe and Hammond played in 1929 at Corio Oval, Sutcliffe retiring on 56 whilst Hammond failed with 7.