Gordon Cricket Club will nominate Bob Thomas for life membership at the upcoming AGM.
Bob came to Sydney from Orange in 1969, playing a couple of seasons with Sutherland before heading up the road to represent the Stags for many seasons. Arriving at Chatswood Oval with a shoulder length hair style, he earned the nickname ‘Prince’, after the cartoon character Prince Valiant.
A free-scoring batsman, Bob scored 2825 runs at 24.78, with a top score of 134. He took 76 wickets at 24.05 with his medium pacers, claiming 5 wickets in an innings 3 times. Underscoring his all-round ability, Bob took the gloves from an injured Brian Taber in the 74-75 season, making 41 dismissals, which was a first grade club record until 2009.
Bob was instrumental in starting the women’s division of the club back in the early 80’s. In more recent years, Bob has kept a close eye on regional cricket in NSW, bringing many talented country players to the club and helping them settle in to grade cricket and city life.
Players and supporters who attend the AGM on July 11 will vote on Bob’s nomination.