Milestone looms for Munro

SOME FEAT: Greg Munro will play his 200th senior game for the Appleby Cricket Club on Saturday
SOME FEAT: Greg Munro will play his 200th senior game for the Appleby Cricket Club on Saturday

Greg Munro will join a special club on Saturday, a club which at the moment has just one member.

When the Appleby Cricket Club stalwart takes to the field against the Metropolitan Tigers in Saturday's Southland club cricket declaration series game he will bring up 200 senior games for Appleby.

It's an achievement only Richard Wilson has managed so far with Wilson sitting on 216 senior games for Appleby.

Munro played his first game for Appleby in 1986 and made his senior debut in 1990.

A couple of seasons back he was made aware by club statistician and historian Bill Donaldson the 200 milestone was insight and he admits it is something he has been keen to notch up.

"Bill had done all the research and two seasons ago he said 'you're on about 180', so I've sort of put my head down and I thought it wouldn't be a bad goal to get to," he said.

Given the proud history the Appleby Cricket Club has created since it's inception in 1887 Munro was honoured by the fact he will notch up something pretty rare at the club.

"It's quite humbling really. You start to look back at 20 years playing senior cricket and think it's gone pretty quick really."

Saturday's special occasion has many players lining up for selection including Wilson who is keen to come out of retirement and play yet again alongside the new member of the 200 club.

Munro said it would be nice to bring the milestone up with Wilson who has been part of many of his 199 games.

"He was at practice last night and gave the shoulder a good work out so it's going to be great. We've played a lot of cricket together and been on the committee together and helped keep the club running I suppose."

For the record Munro's first game was against Central-Western at Holt Park, in Otautau, and his first wicket was Dale Cocker caught at cover by Steve Kellett.

Munro has hinted towards the current season being his last as a fulltime player.

However the 41-year-old would be keen to still remain involved where family commitments allow and fill in when required.

He said the prospect of potentially hunting down Wilson's 216 senior games, which is obviously the most at the Appleby club, was something that had some appeal.

For the moment though the focus is on Saturday and potentially adding to his 270-plus wickets which has him sitting eighth on the club list.

The Southland Times