Putting a spin on it

THEY might not put fear into the batsmen but a class spinner can rip through an opposition batting line-up in the blink of an eye.

Over the years world cricket has produced some outstanding wrist and finger spinners, none better than our own spin king Shane Warne.

Warne had a stunning array of deliveries combined with a competitive spirit second to none.

And the world’s leading wicket-taker Murali Muralitharan was a nightmare to face in the sub-continent even with the debate over his dubious bowling action.

Horrie Cameron

ONE-time CRCA president and cricket historian John Moore head voted Cameron Cricketer of the Decade in the 1950s.

Cameron played cricket in the district for 32 years. He represented North Coast from 1931-1937. During that time in North Coast squads he topped both the batting and bowling aggregates and averages for six consecutive years.

In the early 40s Cameron joined the Australian Infantry Force and was instrumental in several wins against the English and New Zealand Defence Force teams.

In the 1953-54 season Cameron took out the CRCA batting and bowling aggregate with 53 wickets.

Reg Gerrard

GERRARD was the winner of the H Preston Memorial Trophy for the First Grade Bowling Aggregate in 1957-58. He was aged 39 at the time and was one of the best all-rounders in the CRCA in the 20 years leading up to that season.

Gerrard was a graceful right-handed hard-hitting batsman and a left-arm spin bowler. He was a regular at Country Week from 1938 and in 1942 he scored 423 runs from four innings.

Gerrard started playing cricket for the Alumy Creek first-grade side in 1932 and he played first grade for the next 24 years.

He represented the North Coast Squad against the NSW Sheffield team on three occasions; he also played against the MCC.

His best performance at club level was a magnificent 202 not out in the late 30s and his best bowling was 7-2.

In 1957-58 he won the all-rounder trophy and finished the season with 216 runs and a staggering 57 wickets at an average of 8.31 runs.

Tony Blanch

LONGEVITY has been the key ingredient to the Westlawn life member’s success. The man known as ‘Skully’ began his first-grade career back in the 1978-79 season and has kept batsmen honest ever since.

Blanch has featured in 11 first-grade grand finals and has won more than his fair share.

His ability to tie down opposition batsmen and his genuine wicket-taking ability ensures he is one of the most respected spin bowlers in the Clarence.

A handy lower-order batsman and brilliant out-fielder combined with a never-say-die attitude makes ‘Skully’ a worthy candidate for the Dream Team.

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