MARK JONES – 400 GAMES
Round three in this season will see our long serving spin bowler Mark “Perc” Jones celebrate his 400th senior game of cricket with EBCC.
Through his BCC and EBCC days, the break up of 172 games with BCC and 228 with East Burwood, Mark has strived to represent the club in a determined and honourable fashion.
We can go on about his personal deeds, but the 4 senior premierships at BCC (2 McIntosh Shield) he holds dearly and is striving to have one last chance at another senior premiership.
With the support of his wife, partner and friend Sue they have made a unbelievable contribution to the club on and off the field. For those of us who watched the amount of work they do off the ground, including the organization of the McIntosh Shield grand finals over the last two seasons, it is a credit to both of them how the competition views the club in hosting this event. We certainly know Mark would prefer to be on the ground instead of manning the BBQ.
Life Membership of the club and competition, in addition to the McIntosh Shield bowling award last season for his efforts in 2012/2013, bouncing back from the season before. Plus a number of other competition awards during the seasons which started around the 1979/1980 season.
His last 225 games reads as 808 wickets at 13 with the ball, and 2599 runs at 21 with the bat in addition to 116 catches with 20 run outs makes for a total contribution to all facets of the game. Haven’t been able to compile the runs outs when batting, the Math’s Professors at Monash Uni are still working on this figure. 16 X 7 or more wickets, 49 times 5 or 6 wickets in a innings and the one hat trick in addition to the now famous Jamie Mitchell dropped catch which would have given Mark a 10 for.
All of these games, with the exception of one in the late 80’s at BCC, in the clubs First Senior XI.
It has been a pleasure and a honour to watch Mark ply his trade in addition to a number of his team mates and friends such as the Bramstedts, Daveys, Nelthorpes, Hangar and Keany that have been a part of the club with Perc basically since the early 80’s.
Now in the twilight years with CJ and Andrew as part of the club, Mark should be proud of his achievements plus the family name to continue for many years to come.
For all our club mates, it’s no fluke of Mark’s personal achievements seeing how he sets the standard on track and the off season and nights fitness work.
The club will acknowledge this achievement during the season but for when the milestone arrives, congratulations to Mark for this milestone and his efforts and support on behalf of all at EBCC.