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Jarrad Burke last weekend retired from NSW Premier 1st Grade Cricket after debuting in 1st Grade in 1999/00. He played for Bankstown, Campbelltown-Camden, Fairfield-Liverpool and Penrith.
Here is a look at his NSW Premier 1st Grade Career by the numbers:
Jarrad Burke by the Numbers
- 1st Grade Debut on 12 February 2000 for Penrith v Eastern Suburbs at Howell Oval.
- 428 1st Grade Matches (4th overall in 1st Grade)
- 170 Matches for Bankstown, 132 Matches for Campbelltown-Camden, 38 Matches for Fairfield-Liverpool, 88 Matches for Penrith
- 426 Innings
- 57 Not outs
- 10965 Runs at an average 29.75 (13th overall in 1st Grade)
- 4154 runs for Bankstown, 3370 runs for Campbelltown-Camden, 413 runs for Fairfield-Liverpool, 3028 runs for Penrith
- Scored the most runs against Sydney University with 878 runs
- Scored over 1000 runs at three venues – 1901 runs at Bankstown Memorial Oval, 2162 runs at Howell Oval and 1875 runs at Raby No.1 Oval
- Played at 31 different 1st Grade Grounds
- Played against against all 20 current 1st Grade clubs as well as against Randwick, Petersham-Marrickville, the ACT and Central Coast.
- Highest Score of 152 not out v North Sydney for Penrith at Howell Oval in 2006/07
- 39 Ducks
- 41 Half Centuries
- 18 Centuries
- 5144.5 Overs Bowled
- 1266 Maidens
- 15077 Runs Conceded
- 683 Wickets at an average of 22.07 (15th overall in 1st Grade)
- 329 wickets for Bankstown, 206 wickets for Campbelltown-Camden, 39 wickets for Fairfield-Liverpool, 109 wickets for Penrith
- Best Bowling of 7 for 31 v Gordon for Campbelltown-Camden at Killara Oval in 2004/05
- Economy Rate of 2.93 runs per over
- 13 5 wickets in an Innings
- 130 Catches
- Highest Partnership of 303 unbeaten with Nathan Saville in 2006/07 for the 2nd wicket
- Best Season with the Bat – 2006/07 – 929 runs at 51.61
- Passed 500 runs in a season on 9 occasions
- Took 50 wickets in a season on 3 occasions, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
- Took the most wickets against Sutherland with 56 wickets
- Took the most wickets at Bankstown Memorial Oval with 156 followed by Raby No.1 Oval with 129 wickets.
- Played with three players over 100 times – Phil Wells (175), Jake Cormack (126) and Mitchell Phelps (118).
- Dismissed most by Ian Moran (8 times), then by Nick Berry, Joel Tuccia and Ed Zelma (4 times each).
- Dismissed Stewart McCabe and Liam Robertson the most (5 times)
- He has batted at every batting position in 1st Grade except at position 10
- He has been caught 55.6% of the time (237 times), bowled 13.4%, lbw 6.6% and run out 5.4% of the time.
- He got his wickets caught 42.9% of the time, lbw 25.8%, bowled 18%, stumped 7.2% and caught and bowled 6.1%
- Only one of five players to score 10,000 1st Grade runs and take 600 wickets. The others being Anthony Clark, Rob Aitken, Grant Lambert, and Monty Noble.
Vale Neil John Bulger (1952-2022)
An ACT and Australian Indigenous cricketer Neil Bulger was a hard hitting left handed batter and left arm medium pace bowler, a mainstay of the Queanbeyan side in the 1980s and early 1990s. He was known at the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club as simply “The Legend”.
He came to the Canberra region in 1972 initially to play rugby league but also turned out for Queanbeyan, scoring two centuries for the club in scoring 429 runs and winning the ACT 1st Grade Player of the Year. Neil made his debut for the ACT in the same season, playing against the Australian Schools side and Queensland in two matches. He was asked by Queensland captain Sam Trimble to come and try out for the Queensland side but decided to return to Tumut to play cricket and rugby league.
He was selected to play in the Southern New South Wales against the touring English at Manuka in 1974 but the match was rain shortened and his involved just bowling four overs. He dominated the local Tumut competition with his best season being the 1977/78 season where he scored 1013 runs at the massive average of 202.60.
He returned to Canberra to play at the end of the 1978/79, resuming his career at Queanbeyan. The following season he scored 375 at 53.57 including 104 not out as well taking 16 wickets.
In 1980/81, he won the ACT 1st Grade Cricketer of the Year Award where he topped the first grade batting averages scoring 754 runs at an average of 68.55 as well as leading the bowling averages by taking 55 wickets at the low average of 8.11. He so dominated the season that he finished 5 points ahead of second place. In the ten rounds of voting he received 3 votes on eight occasions and 2 vites in the other two rounds. He also was awarded the NSW Country Cricketer of the Year for the season.
His efforts led Queanbeyan to their first 1st Grade premiership since 1958, taking 5 for 32 including the first hat trick in a first grade grand final.
In 1984, Bulger was announced as the 12th Man for the first Prime Minister’s XI match of the modern era. Prime Minister Hawke at the time said that Bulger was selected as the 12th man for his services to cricket in the ACT, Bulger having announced his retirement from representative cricket at the end of the previous season with a final match against the New Zealand B side which was touring Australia at the time.
He was the ACT 1st Grade Player of the Year on three occasions, 1972/73, 1980/81 and 1981/82, the ACT Representative Player of the Year in 1980/81 and 1981/82, NSW Country Cricketer of the Year in 1980/81, the 1st Grade batting average in 1980/81 and 1982/83 and the 1st Grade bowling average in 1980/81 and 1981/82.
In 1988, an Australian Aboriginal side was selected to tour England, 120 years after the first Aboriginal side toured England. Neil had captained the NSW Aboriginal side in the Australian Carnival and was one of the first selected in the Australian side. He played for the Australian Aboriginal side against a Prime Minister’s XI side at Manly Oval on two occasions, in 1987/88 prior to the side touring England and again in 1988/89 when he captained the side.
For the ACT, Bulger played 27 times. He scored 577 runs at 30.37 including four fifties. He also took 47 wickets at 19.66, including a best of 5 for 36 against the New Zealand Under 22 XI on the ACT tour of New Zealand in 1982/83. Overall in 1st Grade he played 135 matches, scoring 3933 runs at 37.10. He scored 10 centuries in an era where centuries were hard to come by as well as 14 half centuries. He took 253 wickets in 1st Grade at 16.14 with a best of 6 for 46 including 5 wickets in an Innings on 8 occasions.
In 2015, Queanbeyan’s second ground at Freebody Oval was renamed Neil Bulger Oval. To commemorate the match, Neil captained his Neil Bulger’s XI against the Queanbeyan Cricket Club President’s XI, captained by former team mate Peter Solway. Neil scored 14 in his side’s victory over his old club. He played for the Queanbeyan side for 25 seasons, and across all grades scored 7911 runs and took 384 wickets as well as being part of five premierships. His brother Vince also played 1st Grade for Queanbeyan and his nephew Ryan played for Queanbeyan, Weston Creek and also for the ACT.
As his nickname at Queanbeyan said, he was a legend of the game in the ACT and Southern New South Wales and his legacy will live on forever.
Tier 1 – Premier Cricket Competitions
- ACT Premier Cricket
- NSW Premier Cricket
- Queensland Premier Cricket
- South Australia Premier Cricket
- Tasmania Premier Cricket
- Victoria Premier Cricket
- Western Australia Premier Cricket
Tier 2 – Competitions which have a record of players moving from their competition to a Premier Cricket Competition or have a Premier Cricket Competition located in their area.
- NSW: Central Coast, Cricket Albury Wodonga Provincial, Illawarra, Newcastle, Sydney Shires, Wagga Wagga
- Northern Territory: Darwin
- Queensland: Gold Coast, Ipswich & West Moreton, Queensland Sub-District, Sunshine Coast
- South Australia: Adelaide Turf
- Tasmania: Cricket North, Cricket North-West, Southern Cricket Association
- Victoria: Geelong, Victoria Sub-District, Victoria Turf Cricket
- Western Australia: Peel, WA Suburban Turf
Tier 3 – Competitions which cover two or more Cricket Associations or their main LGA has a population greater than 75,000 as at the last Australian Census. Also includes competitions which act as an independent feeder competition to one in a higher tier.
- NSW: Bathurst Orange Inter District, Blue Mountains, Coalfields, Cricket Albury Wodonga District, Far North Coast Premier League, Maitland, Shoalhaven, South Coast, South West Slopes
- Queensland: Cairns, Fraser Coast, Mackay, Toowoomba, Townsville
- Victoria: Ballarat, Bendigo, Mornington Peninsula
- Western Australia: Bunbury
Tier 4 – Competitions that have 5 or more standalone teams (excluding B Teams) in their 1st Grade Competition or their main LGA has a population greater than 25,000 at the last Australian Census. Also includes competitions which act as an independent feeder competition to one in a higher tier.
- NSW: Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Cricket Albury Wodonga Hume, Dubbo, Far North Coast Coastal League, Far South Coast, Goulburn, Griffith, Hastings River, Highlands, Orange, Tamworth
- Northern Territory: Alice Springs.
- Queensland: Far North, Gympie, Warwick.
- South Australia: Alexandra & Eastern Hills, Barossa & Light, Great Southern, Hills, Mount Gambier, Riverland.
- Victoria: Bairnsdale, Bellarine Peninsula, Ferntree Gully, Gisborne, Goulburn Murray, Leongatha, Sale-Maffra, Seymour, Shepparton, Sunraysia, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warragul, Warrnambool, West Gippsland, Wimmera/Mallee
- Western Australia: Albany, Busselton Margaret River, Kalgoorlie Boulder
Tier 5 – Competitions that have 4 or less standalone teams in their 1st Grade Competition or their main LGA has a population less than 25,000 at the last Australian Census.
- NSW: Barrier, Clarence River, Cobar, Dungog & Upper Hunter, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Gunnedah, Hay, Inverell, Lake Cargellico, Lithgow, Lower Clarence, Monaro, Moree, Mudgee, Murray Valley, Nambucca Valley, Narrabri, Northern Districts, Parkes, Pilliga, Tumut, West Wyalong, Yass
- Northern Territory: Katherine, Tennant Creek
- Queensland: Bowen, Bundaberg, Lockyer, Proserpine, South Burnett, Stanthorpe
- South Australia: Eastern Eyre, Far West, Great Flinders, Kangaroo Island, Le Hunte, Lower Yorke Peninsula, Murray Towns, Northern Flinders, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Roxby Districts, Torrens Valley, Tumby Bay, Whyalla, Yorke Peninsula
- Victoria: Castlemaine, Colac, Emu Valley, Grampians, Hamilton, Horsham, Maryborough, Portland, Red Cliffs, South West, Swan Hill District, Yarra Valley
- Western Australia: Avon, Broome, Christmas Island, Eastern Districts, Eastern Goldfields, Esperance, Fortescue, Geraldton, Great Southern, Green Range Ongerup, Lakes, Newman, Northam, South Midlands, Upper Great Southern, Warren Blackwood, West Pilbara, Wyalkatchem
- 1928 – Birth of Alan Thom (ACT 1953/54-1955/56)
- 1970 – Brian Lloyd makes his ACT Debut
- 1970 – Kerry Owen makes his debut as ACT Captain
- 1983 – Wayne Andrews makes his First-Class Debut
- 1985 – James Pyke makes his Under 19 Test Debut for Australia
- 1988 – Birth of Mick Delaney (ACT 2007/08-2016/17)
- 1991 – Birth of Harry Medhurst (ACT 2009/10-2017/18)
- 2011 – Nick Winter makes his ACT Debut
- 2017 – 38th Prime Minister’s XI match with the opponent being Sri Lanka
- 2017 – ACT play Papua New Guinea at Manuka Oval
- 1954 – Alan Thom makes his ACT Debut
- 1974 – Birth of Drew Crozier (ACT Umpire)
- 1976 – Birth of Michael O’Rourke (ACT 1999/00-2002/03)
- 1986 – Birth of Jack Vare (ACT 2010/11)
- 1987 – Birth of Adam Ritchard (ACT 2004/05-2010/11)
- 1991 – Birth of Matt Sunderland (ACT 2009/10)
- 1991 – Birth of Vanessa Picker (ACT Debut 2008/09)
- 1999 – Mark Higgs makes his List A Debut for New South Wales
- 1927 – Ted Hall, Harold Hawkins, Harold Maloney, Harry Read, Robert Read and Alan Rowan make their ACT Debut
- 1943 – Birth of Barry Andrews (ACT 1973/74-1976/77)
- 1986 – Death of Carl Lees (ACT 1933/34-1935/36)
- 1986 – Birth of Sara Hungerford (ACT Debut 2009/10)
- 1992 – ACT play Pakistan at Manuka Oval
The first ever international match played at Manuka Oval was not by a male cricket team, it was in fact played by the Canberra Women’s side against the touring English Women’s side in January 1935.
In September of 1934, there was talk about Canberra securing a visit of the English Women’s side. There was enough confidence in local cricket circles that Manuka Oval was given a block of time set aside for the women’s tour match. At the start of October, local authorities were informed that the English Women’s side would come to Canberra and play a match against a representative Canberra Women’s side. It was a result of an invitation by the New South Wales Women’s Cricket Association. The Canberra side had been one of the strongest areas across country New South Wales following the formation of the Blue Triangle Cricket Association which was responsible for the organisation of cricket in the Canberra area. The local association at the time had six teams across the capital.
Just before Christmas in 1934, a trial match was held between two sides of the Blue Triangle Cricket Association, an Orange side up against a Blue side. The Blue side dominated the match, dismissing the Orange side for 27, Marjorie Moore taking 6 for 19 and Edna Tong 4 for 4. In reply the Blue side made 59 with Mrs Oldfield scoring 30, Nina Southwell taking 4 for 16 and Helen Moore (Marjorie’s sister) taking 4 for 20.
A second trial match was held on December 27 with teams led by Miss Blundell and Miss Southwell according to the Canberra Times. Miss Blundell’s side batted first and made 103 of which Marjorie Moore made 34 and Mrs Oldfield made 27. Nina Southwell took 5 for 17 and Ivy Twemlow from Cooma took 3 for 18. In reply Miss Southwell’s side was dismissed for 113 winning the match by just 10 runs. Ivy Twemlow followed her success with the ball by top scoring with 34 and securing herself a side in the Canberra side for the match against the English. Marjorie Moore again impressed with the ball.
Following this match, the Canberra side for the match was named for the match against the tourists.
Marjorie Moore was named as captain. The rest of the side was Lily Blundell (vice-captain, Westridge), Nina Southwell (Hall), Helen Moore (Hall), Jean Oldfield (Westridge), Katherine Corey (Westridge), Rita Connelly (Westridge), Molly McKissock (Westlake), Francis Robinson (Westlake), Beryl Dixon (YWCA), Ivy Twemlow (Cooma) and Ivy McDonald (Westlake) who was the 12th player. Moore was the second youngest player in the side, aged just 16 while her sister Helen was the youngest aged just 14. The oldest was Francis Robinson aged 37. Eight of the side were still teenagers.
Marjorie Moore captained the first women’s side in 1934/35 at the age of just 16 when they played the visiting English Women’s side. She also led the ACT side to victory at several Country Week competitions and was selected as the vice-captain of the New South Wales side in the 1935/36 Australian Women’s Cricket Championships. She took over 20 wickets in the 1935/36 Country Championships including 16 wickets in two matches on one day. In the first match on that day she took match figures of 13 for 32 against Lisarow. She was a contender for the 1937 Australian Tour of England but was ineligble due to the minimum age limit for players for the tour being 21. Moore was also the President of the Federal Capital Territory’s Women’s Cricket Association in the 1930s. She was inducted into the Cricket ACT Hall of Fame in 2021.
The schedule as described by the Canberra Times was as follows:
Wednesday January 9
- 730am: Women cricketers to be met at Railway Station by hosts and hostesses.
- 11am: Photographs at Manuka Oval.
- 1130am: Match v. Blue Triangle Cricket Association.
- 1-2pm: Picnic lunch on the Manuka Oval.
- 4 p.m.: Afternoon tea break.
- 6 pm.: Stumps drawn.
- Evening: Swimming Baths visitors’ events.
Thursday January 10
- Morning free for rest or swimming.
- 2 pm: Meet at the Parliament House.
- Drive Round the City
- 630pm: High tea as guests of the Y.W.C.A. at Civic Centre.
- 30: Leave by train.
The side was billeted out by interested families and members of the YWCA and the Governor-General, his wife and the Minister for the Interior were invited to the match. A special scorecard was also to be produced for the match. The admission charge was 1/- for adults and 6d for children. There was no charge for cars to enter the ground. Both teams were presented to the Governor-General (Sir Isaac Isaacs) during an interval of the match.
The English side that was named was B.Archdale (captain), B.Snowball, M.Child, B.Green, M.Maclagan, G.Morgan, J.Partridge, N.Richards, J.Spear, M.Taylor and C.Valentine.
A large crowd attended the match on January 9 despite a plea from the organisers for a half day public service holiday being rejected. Marjorie Moore won the toss and elected to bat first.
Ivy Twemlow and J.Oldfield opened the batting for the home side and made a slow and steady start. Out of the first 13 overs, 9 were maidens. Oldfield was the first batter dismissed when she was caught at point off the bowling of Richards for 5. After 85 minutes the score was 1 for 17 with 17 maidens. Blundell was next to be dismissed after being caught short from Maclagan to the keeper Morgan and was dismissed for 0 in 25 minutes. Corey came in to bat next but was dismissed for two, caught behind by Morgan. The captain, Marjorie Moore came to the crease next to loud cheers to join Twemlow. Unfortunately Twemlow was next to be dismissed stumped off the bowling of Maclagan. Her innings lasted 100 minutes and she weathered the majority of the opening attack, scoring 14 runs.
Helen Moore came to the crease next to join her sister and they started to push the scoring rate with aggressive batting. Unfortunately just before the luncheon interval she was clean bowled, playing over the delivery from Taylor. Nina Southwell entered the ground next and proceeded to hit the first boundary of the match pulling Richards to the fence. She out shortly after, caught at square leg by Child for 8. At lunch the local side was 6 for 47.
Connelly and Moore continued after lunch and when the score reached 6 for 53, it was the highest score made by a country side against the touring side. The pair then put on 20 runs in 20 minutes after lunch, playing forceful shots all around the wicket. The captain was next to fall, skying a ball which was caught by Spear off the bowling off Maclagan. The partnership had put on 29 and the score was 7 for 71. Connelly was clean bowled in the next over, followed by Robinson clean bowled as well by the next ball. Maclagan narrowly missed the hat trick but two balls later had McKissock stumped and the local side was dismissed for 72 at 320pm, losing their last 4 wickets for 1 run in 6 deliveries.
Rain started to fall before the English Women could commence their innings. Umpires continued to inspect the wicket until 430pm when it was decided to continue the match. Marjorie Moore and Nina Southwell opened the bowling against the batting of Maclagan and Snowball. The pair brought the total to ten where they had another 75 minutes of play to score the remaining 63 runs required to lead on the first innings.
Maclagan was missed in the slips by Connelly off the bowling of Southwell but a few balls later she was dismissed by Moore caught in the slips by Oldfield for 8. Morgan was the next batter and Snowball continued the free scoring by hitting two threes, one drive to the fence and the second a pull shot to leg. Connelly replaced Southwell and Twemlow from Cooma replaced Moore as the bowlers. Connelly improved her length and off the second ball of her third over dismissed Snowball caught and bowled. Snowball had been at the crease for 44 minutes scoring 26 runs. Green was next in but the rain returned, this time in torrents and the players dashed from the field and unfortunately not to return. The English side had made 2 for 47 off 16.5 overs. So 87 years ago, the first international match played at Manuka Oval was completed. Although small in context of that tour, it was the start of International cricket in the nation’s capital and starting a rich tradition culminating in the first Women’s Test Match to be held at the ground.