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The Snick- Queanbeyan Cricket – 150 years strong......

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Queanbeyan Cricket Club, we take a look back at the incredible history behind the baggy blue cap.

“Queanbeyan was playing so well at the end of the 1985-86 season that they were virtually unbeatable. In the semi-final they made 728 in just a little under 10 hours. Michael Frost made 164, Peter Solway 119, John Bull 106. Then with the end presumably in sight at 8/509, Mark Thornton, who finished with 97, and Michael Carruthers (112 not out) added 186 for the ninth wicket.” One of my favourite extracts from Cricket on the Limestone Plains by the late Don Selth.

It is stories and memories like this one that make the Mighty Bluebags an amazing tale. In the middle of a fair number of these stories, including the one above was Neil Bulger. A great player, champion bloke and to put it simply the Legend!

The Legend first played for Queanbeyan in 1972-73 but lasted only the one season before heading back to his beloved Tumut. He returned in 1979-80 and proceeded to rewrite the record books with his feats with both bat and ball. In total he scored just on 4000 1st grade runs and took 250 wickets. He represented the ACT with distinction and was selected in the Australian Aboriginal side that toured the UK in 1989. He was also 12th man for Bob Hawke’s inaugural Prime Ministers XI (who could forget ‘that’ throw from the boundary! He also played in 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and even 6th grade as his career wound down. He played with his mates and they were in every grade throughout the club. His name and records are listed in almost every grade at the Bluebags whether most runs, highest score or best bowling figures.

In the 1990-91 season (at the age of 40) Bulger returned to 1st grade and made one of his most valuable contributions, taking 1/1 off 11 overs as the bluebags came from the dead to topple Weston Creek in an epic Grand Final. He was unplayable and the young Creek blokes were in awe! As were the Queanbeyan Players as this gentle giant also grabbed an astonishing catch at 1st slip and the trophy returned over the border where it belonged.

Bulger could do it all. He was a fast medium swing bowler, a sublime left handed stroke player but could flick a switch and be dynamic hitting boundaries to all parts. In later years he turned to his crafty spinners and dazzled many players with his big grin and resonating chuckle!

A friend to all who know him there is little wonder Neil ‘Legend’ Bulger is a Life Member and a cherished part of the furniture at the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club. As the club celebrates 150 years of history, Neil Bulger takes pride of place as one of its finest!

It is not long until the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club holds the 150th Anniversary weekend celebrations.

The celebrations, to be held February 22-24, promise to be a wonderful chance for players from across many eras to be able to catch up with friends, share reflections of past performances. It will also provide a chance for the legends of yesteryear to mingle with the current crop of young players whom look to their more senior cricketers for inspiration and guidance.

It is not long until the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club holds the 150th Anniversary weekend celebrations.

The celebrations, to be held February 22-24, promise to be a wonderful chance for players from across many eras to be able to catch up with friends, share reflections of past performances. It will also provide a chance for the legends of yesteryear to mingle with the current crop of young players whom look to their more senior cricketers for inspiration and guidance.

 

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