Former ACT and Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club all rounder Tom Rogers will make his first-class debut for Tasmania in the second round of the Sheffield Shield season starting tomorrow. Rogers comes in for Andrew Fekete who has withdrawn from the squad for the match with a foot injury and Rogers has been diverted from making his Futures League debut for Tasmania to making his first-class debut against Queensland at Bellerive Oval.
Tom Rogers will become the 31st player to make his first-class debut after playing for the ACT. The initial first-class player from the ACT to play first-class cricket was Fred Johnston who played for New South Wales while a teacher in Canberra. The last player to play first-class cricket from the ACT was Aaron Ayre who made his debut for Victoria in 2015/16.
In addition to the 31 players to play first-class cricket, Greg Rowell (New South Wales, Tasmania & Queensland), Jason Floros (Queenland), Daniel King (Oxford University) & Ashley Ross (South Australia) have played first-class cricket but only represented the ACT at Youth Representative level.
He will also be the fifth player from the Weston Creek Molonglo club to play first-class cricket. The others being Michael Bevan, Huntley Armstrong, Jack Smith, and John Rogers who is Tom’s brother. They will also become the first set of brothers to play first-class cricket after playing for the ACT.
The list of first-class cricketers from the ACT are below:
|Player||ACT Debut||First-Class Debut||First-Class Teams|
|FB Johnston||1945/46||1946/47||New South Wales|
|JW O’Reilly||1952/53||1953/54||New South Wales|
|ML Clews||1969/70||1976/77||New South Wales|
|RP Done||1973/74||1978/79||New South Wales|
|WS Andrews||1974/75||1982/83||Western Australia|
|JK Pyke||1983/84||1985/86||South Australia|
|PD Bowler||1981/82||1986/87||Tasmania, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Somerset|
|MG Bevan||1987/88||1989/90||South Australia, New South Wales, Australia, Yorkshire, Sussex, Leicestershire, Kent, Tasmania|
|PS Gerrans||1978/79||1990||Oxford University, Combined Universities|
|GH Armstrong||1987/88||1990/91||South Australia|
|MT Haywood||1987/88||1991/92||New South Wales|
|MA Higgs||1993/94||1998/99||New South Wales, South Australia|
|BJ Haddin||1995/96||1999/00||New South Wales, Australia|
|MA Tournier||1990/91||2000||Combined Universities|
|SJ Karppinen||1993/94||2000/01||Western Australia|
|JK Smith||2000/01||2004/05||South Australia|
|DG Dawson||2000/01||2004/05||Tasmania, New South Wales|
|DC Pascoe||2000/01||2009||Oxford University|
|JW Rogers||2005/06||2009/10||Tasmania, Western Australia|
|RGL Carters||2008/09||2010/11||Victoria, New South Wales|
|NM Lyon||2008/09||2010/11||South Australia, Australia, New South Wales|
|JP Behrendorff||2008/09||2011/12||Western Australia|
|TC Thornton||2007/08||2011/12||South Australia|
|SP Miller||2009/10||2012/13||South Australia|