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Life Member - Darren Beckett

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Darren Beckett (Center above)

Fourteenth Life Member of the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's Cricket Club, conferred in 2018

 

As a player from 1990 - 2012, Darren amassed 1577 runs at 12.52 and 224 wickets at 19.70. His best figures in a match were 13/65 in 1992/93 (3rds), and he is the only Ex-Servicemen player ever to take all 10 wickets in a single innings - 10/30 vs Tomerong in the same match. Significantly, he also has figures of 5/19 (1sts) and a 7/40 (3rds) as some of his other notable performances.

 

Handy with the bat, Darren holds the record for the second grade 7th wicket of 149 with George Dickie against Central Districts (2nds) In 1997/98 and has 4 x half centuries to his name.

 

At club level, he won the batting (2nds) in 02/03, bowling (3rds) in 92/93, allrounder (2nds) in 98/99, player of the year (2nds) in 02/03, and clubman of the year (04/05).

 

Darren was a member of the second grade side who were one day Champions in 97/98, and won the premiership in 05/06 in second grade under Warren Ganderton’s captaincy.

 

He held a number of other positions at the club including 3 years as Vice President, joint coach of the u/14 premiership team (08/09) and 2 years as second grade captain.

 

As a coach, Darren excelled. A level 2 coach, he coached numerous players at club, district and zone level and was the SDJCA junior coaching director for 5 years. Darren was instrumental in setting up our club’s Milo junior cricket program which still runs today, and has been a great source of junior recruits for our club.

 

Darren has also gone onto coaching at St George cricket club, and a major highlight was in 2007-9 where Darren twice coached the NSW Indigenous women’s side to winning the national title in the Imparja Cup.

 

*career stats courtesy of Alan Clark A.M. (SDCA Life Member)