The only eight players to have played 100 First Class matches for the Blues were honoured at the SCG on Friday night.
Greg Matthews, Phil Emery, Geoff Lawson, Mark Waugh, Steve Rixon, Michael Bevan and Mark Taylor gathered in the Members Pavilion at the SCG to celebrate the achievement at a past players function organised by Cricket New South Wales. Doug Walters, who had commitments interstate, was represented by former NSW and Australian keeper Brian Taber.
Each was presented with a painting by Australian artist Dave Thomas that captured the player in action against a print backdrop of the SCG and its historical Members Stand.
The evening saw over 60 former ‘Blue Baggers’ gather to watch the presentation of the prints to the eight members of the 100 Club.
Cricket New South Wales CEO Andrew Jones said it was the right time to acknowledge this achievement: “We have a tremendous group of past players and it is fantastic that they can get together on evenings such as this to celebrate previous successes and enjoy the company of former team-mates. This year is particularly special as we honour the players to have played 100 First Class matches for NSW. All are Blues legends: most cricket teams have eleven players; this team is so elite it has only eight.”
The list of eight in order of appearances is:
Greg Matthews (135)
Phil Emery (120)
Geoff Lawson (115)
Mark Waugh (108)
Steve Rixon (107)
Michael Bevan (105)
Doug Walters (103)
Mark Taylor (100)