Golden double century in the Frame
By TONY WHITE
YOU just can't keep a good man down.
South Services long-time stalwart, 39-year-old local cricket legend John Frame, might have retired from first grade but the amiable 'leftie' can still wield the willow with devastating effect.
Playing alongside his 12-year-old son Jake for South Services third grade, Frame scored a blistering 202 retired against Westlawn last Saturday.
Frame blasted 40 fours in his vintage innings and reached his 200 in just 32 overs.
A Daily Examiner contributor who witnessed some of Frame's massive innings said Westlawn fieldsmen were forced to cover more ground than the early explorers, retrieving the ball from all parts of the field.
Australian master blaster Adam Gilchrist would have been proud at the onslaught and scoring tempo.
Frame's double century is believed to be the biggest individual score in Clarence River Cricket Association Premier League, second and third grade matches since another South Services left-hander, Robbie Stevens, scored 201 in a first-grade match at Lower Fisher Park in the 1980s.
Last season Coutts Crossing second-grade captain Ken Willis made 199 against Westlawn and in the 2002-03 Premier League grand final Daniel Amos scored 195 not out for Westlawn against Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
Frame, in his usual diplomatic and unassuming manner said: "It was just one of those days. The ground was pretty quick.
"It's the first time I've ever scored a double century."
Frame, the son of another South star Jim Frame, retired from first-grade cricket last season after amassing more than 9000 runs during a fabulous career that included a host of representative appearances.
At the weekend, Frame and captain Brian Heath (43) opened the innings and made a 100-pus run partnership.
"I was going to retire after I got 100 but Brian said 'just keep hitting them'," Frame recalled.
"I gave one chance. I think the best I'd got before this was 40-odd. Some days you get them, some days you don't."
Unfortunately for Frame he didn't get to bat with Jake, retiring eight overs before the close of play.
Thanks to Frame's incredible contribution, South ended its first innings at 4-317.