First Victory in 1st Grade - 100 years ago
Date of Event St George Cricket Club: Sun Oct 3, 2021 11:26PM

On this day (3rd or October) 100 years ago, the St George District Cricket Club completed its first ever victory in First Grade cricket. Competing against Central Cumberland at Hurstville Oval in the first round of the 1921-22 season, St George batted first and totalled 178 thanks to a half century from Roy Freeman (63) on his debut for the club. Freeman was ably supported by early St George stalwart Milton Barter (32) and future NSW cricketer Des Mullarkey (38) whose opening partnership with Charlie Crispo (18) was worth 58. At stumps on day one, Central Cumberland were 1 for 43.


At 7 for 148, Central Cumberland were in the hunt for victory, before Ted Adams took three wickets in one over to dismiss them on the same score. Adams finished with 3 for 31 after Lyall Wall had out bowled his opponents to take 5 for 45 from 21 overs. All five of his wickets were bowled. St George reached 6 for 113 in their second innings before play was adjourned and a famous victory was recorded.


The starting XI consisted of R Jones (C), L Wall, E Adams, M Barter, F Cush, R Freeman, C Crispo, C Barter, S Francis, D Mullarkey, P Roberts.


Of these men Adams, Cush, Freeman, Mullarkey and Wall all made their debut for the club in this match.



Courtesy of Nathan Anderson



Last updated: Sunday October 3, 2021 11:43PM