Leeming Spartan Cricket Club celebrate a century of runs, wickets and premierships

Leeming Spartans Cricket Club secretary Daniel Coombs with the 1922 premiership trophy. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Leeming Spartans Cricket Club secretary Daniel Coombs with the 1922 premiership trophy. Picture: Jon Hewson.

LEEMING Spartan Cricket Club is raising the bat to celebrate its 100th year.

The club was formed in 1918 as a way for returning serviceman to ease their way into post-war life and it began life as the Spartan Cricket Club in Fremantle.

More than 2000 people have played for the club including Australian test player Cameron Bancroft and former WA State player Mark Atkinson, who claimed two Olly Cooley Medals for being the fairest and best player in the WADCC District Cricket Competition.

The club has accumulated 55 premierships, including 11 first grade flags, the first of which was claimed in 1922.

A celebration night will take place at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on November 17, with media personality Di Darmody emceeing and Taxiride lead signer Jason Singh providing the entertainment.

During the night, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club Team of the Century will be announced.

Club secretary Daniel Coombs said the vibe around the club was very good and everyone was excited for the celebrations.

“The celebrations have been two years in the making, it’s now crunch time,” he said.

“Our history is second to none and the guys have been meticulous in looking back at the years, if you look at our website then you can go into great depth about it.

“Just on the weekend, Michael Bennett became our leading wicket taker with 635 wickets, which is great timing.

“Our culture has always been about winning games and having fun, last year we had five of our seven sides win premierships.”

The event is open to anyone and serves as a fantastic opportunity for those in cricketing circles to reunite, whether they are past players, family members, supporters or friends of the club.

Centenary ball tickets can be purchased online at www.spartans.com.au, via email at secretary@spartans.com.au or by contacting the club on 0438 005 493.

Tickets are $150 and they must be pre-purchased by Monday, November 12.