On Saturday, when the Fourth XI takes on Clayton District at Castlefield Reserve, club legend Simon Green will become the 17th player in the 113-year history of the Hampton Cricket Club to play 300 games.
Debuting in 1984, Simon has participated in the full spectrum of Hampton cricket from juniors to the First XI (Cap 443) and achieved many outstanding personal and team accolades throughout his 37-year association with the Hampton Cricket Club. As a junior he won the U/16 bowling award in 88-89, but that was only the commencement of a wonderful career that delivered a Killara Medal (00-01), Club Champion (00-01), Club Champion Runner Up (90-91 & 98-99), Teams of the Year (00-01, 02-03 & 09-10), Second XI bowling awards (91-92, 93-94 & 09-10), Third XI bowling award (02-03), Fourth XI bowling award (90-91) and the Sixth XI bowling award (89-90).
An unimpressed recipient of the Vince Palamara Award in his younger days, Simon developed himself into solid all-rounder amassing an aggregate to date of 2,670 runs. However, it is with the ball that he has excelled taking 440 wickets, placing him tenth on the all-time highest wicket takers at Hampton with an auspicious highlight of being only the 12th player in 100 years of Hampton cricket to take 9 wickets (9-48) in an innings in the 93-94 season against Royal Park-Brunswick.
A past Committee member and dual premiership player, Simon captained the 2010-11 Second XI premiership team and played an important role for many years in maintaining Hampton’s ongoing international recruitment programme. Jim Kenny, in his book, “There’s a bit of a Larrikin Element down there” – 100 years at the Hampton Cricket Club, described Simon as a fine all-rounder, funky captain and compelling personality around the club that could have been the inspiration for the name of his book.
We congratulate Simon on a wonderful career and his 300 game milestone.