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Newtown “golden” black!

Save the date, Newtown Cricket Club is planning a gala night of celebrations on April 2, to recognise the 50th Anniversary of its foundation.

The club known variously as “The Town”, “The Bumblebees”, “The Black and Golds” and now, “The Tigers”, was formed at the start of the 1966/67 season, with most of the Western Star Pinnington Cup players joining and taking the step up to Whitney Cup first grade.

Bob Stroud is intrinsic to the Newtown story. The little master played for over 50 years in Dubbo, earning a reputation as a fearless batsmen and a silken custodian of the stumps. 

From the day he first pulled on the Black and Gold cap, ‘Stroudy” never played with another Whitney Cup team. He was an outstanding Dubbo and Far West representative and scored more club hundreds than any other Newtown player until Wayne Dunlop exceeded his tally earlier this season.

“Stroudy”, Bruce Lincoln, Chris Shepherd and Bruce Warwick formed the backbone of a team that was to trouble every club during the first 25 years. Unfortunately, poor fortune and some close decisions went against them in Grand Finals and it took nearly 30 years to finally raise the elusive Whitney Cup.

Newtown’s incredible 16 Grand Finals for 16 “silver medals” finally ended in “gold” when Greg Briggs took them to their first title in 2002.

Anyone who has played with “The Bridesmaids”, please contact Dan French This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.