PURNIM’S Jeshua Ross will reach a significant milestone this afternoon in the same fashion he has played his enduring career — without fuss.
Ross lines up for his 300th game at senior level with the Bulls when they take on Woolsthorpe at Purnim in a B grade Grassmere Cricket Association clash.
“She’ll be low-key. It’s just another game of cricket,” the popular clubman said yesterday.
The majority of his matches have been in B grade, where his senior career started at 16. He estimates he played about 20 in A grade, 10 in C grade and the rest in B grade.
He rates making a century in the club’s 2008-09 premiership his career highlight.
Work and farm commitments have limited his trips to the crease this season but he has no intention of calling stumps on his playing days anytime soon.
“This will be my fifth (game),” he said.
“I’ve just been filling in.”
Purnim Cricket Club president Robert Neal said Ross’ contributions had extended beyond the field. “He’s held just about every position within the club and the association,” he said.
Ross was GCA president for six years between 2001-02 and 2006-07 and also held the Bulls top post for several seasons, including being captain of the B grade side.
His milestone marks a big weekend for the association with the final round of matches scheduled.
The race for the A grade top four is down to five sides with fifth-placed Purnim needing an upset win over third-placed Panmure to have any chance of making the semi-finals next weekend. It needs fourth-placed Grassmere to stumble against seventh-placed Hawkesdale.
Second-placed Killarney will be keen for a victory when it hosts Wangoom (sixth) at the end of a tumultuous week which saw the club stripped of its victory against Purnim two weeks ago for a team sheet error.
Mailors Flat will be looking for a win to climb off the bottom of the ladder when it confronts ladder-leader Yambuk at home.
The two-day games begin today and finish tomorrow.