TOM Brown celebrated the memorable occasion of his 1,000th appearance for Tewkesbury in style by playing a full part in the 2nd team’s 91-run home triumph against local rivals Apperley 2nds in Division Five of the Bank House Gloucestershire County League.
The 55-year-old all-rounder scored 22 and held a catch to help keep his side in the promotion shake-up with a third of the season to go.
Tom, who was presented with a bottle of champagne, was also in action the next day, claiming 4-12 from eight overs and hitting 70 at the top of the order in a 23-run friendly defeat at Birlingham.
Those performances mean that in 1,001 games he has now scored the grand total of 15,338 runs, including three centuries and 73 50s. And Tom has also claimed 1,122 wickets with a best of 8-27.
Perhaps the most remarkable statistic, though, is the number of times he has walked off the pitch not out … on an incredible 201 occasions from 817 innings!
Brendan Low, Tewkesbury’s 2nd team captain, said: “Tom’s as stubborn as they come and a shining example to crash, bang, wallop cricketers because whenever he goes out to bat he never gives it away.
“To play in 1,000 games is a massive achievement and we’re so lucky to have him here. Tom still has the same enthusiasm for the game as he did 40 years ago when he started at the club.
“And he has the respect of every single person who walks through the door here because of his achievements and because he’s been a part of the development of so many players as a coach.
“He still helps out and still encourages our young lads, pointing them in the right direction.”
Committee member Gwyn Williams said: “Tom’s statistics are pretty amazing, but they don’t do full justice to the contribution that he has made to Tewkesbury cricket, not least all his hard work off the pitch.
“He is the ultimate clubman and is a big reason the club is thriving.”
Asked about his achievement, Tom said he had been “lucky” with his fitness and the support of his wife and family to enable him to play for so long.
He added that the current members were just “custodians of the club” and the prime motivation of him and others was to maintain the cricket club in good health for future generations of Tewkesbury cricketers.