Bowler’s good run


Warren Fernandez took his 467th wicket. Picture: Marcelo Palacios          d418813
Warren Fernandez took his 467th wicket. Picture: Marcelo Palacios         d418813

Francis took his 467th wicket in the game against East Fremantle to break the record of 466.

The 50-year-old has been playing cricket at the club since 1990.

After starting out as an opening fast bowler, he has since resorted to bowling leg spin as he has got older, which he describes as “mostly wrong’uns, but good wrong’uns.”

“I was well aware of the record because when you get a milestone you have to provide a carton of beer so they were reminding me every day,” he said.

“Personally, milestones mean nothing to me; I play for mateship and the love of the game.”

Along with playing cricket, he also served as senior vice-president and been involved in coaching at the club.

Francis won the community coach of the year title at the WACA Junior Awards in 2014.

He has also had some good innings with the bat, including a century to his name.

Francis has no plans to retire anytime soon. He said there are still many players older than him still playing.