Another milestone nearby after Michael Quinn's maiden century


They say good things come to those that wait, well it's taken 17 seasons for Michael Quinn, who on Saturday achieved the coveted accomplishment for a batsmen of reaching three figures, which Quinny did for the first time at Easts, as he lead Fourth Grade to victory at Trumper Oval with a match winning 106.

Quinny first played Grade for the Club in 1999 after debuting for the Dolphins in 1995/96 in Green Shield. He also played his junior cricket with the club. During that journey he has had periods like many cricketers where he was unsure if he was an all-rounder, a specialist batsmen that bowled a bit or a bowler that batted. In his more junior years, his off spin manufactured a number of wickets to propel his career total towards 200 scalps for the Dolphins, but in his later years the increasing wicket tally has come to a crawl, as his batting has taken over as his speciality. To shed more enlightenment on Quinny's career, he now sits on 248 wickets, just two wickets away from the 250 wicket qualification for the new honour boards which arrive in time for the Old Boys Day.

He is still a few seasons off making the 4000 run qualification for batting, but only 99 runs from the all-rounders qualification of 3000 career runs and 200 wickets. In the Club's 124 year history, only 29 players have made this all-rounder qualification, with Rino Tomasiello the last to reach this milestone some 15 years ago.

The qualifications for the honour boards have been based on achievements that a player would attain over a decade of strong performances. Although it has taken Quinny a little longer, his commitment to Easts and his longevity, is the epitome of what makes a player a true clubman and something that has become more rare. 

To add interest to the new honour boards that will be unveiled in the coming fortnight, is the inclusion within the bowling milestones of two other stalwarts; Max Abbott and Angus Palmer who both returned to the playing ranks after a minor absence last round. They go into tomorrow's round equal on 249 wickets each, one wicket away from the 250 wicket qualification.

Abbott has played 153 games debuting for the club in 2001/02 after also coming through the Easts junior ranks, while Palmer joined the Club at the age of 30 in 2007/08. Both have played a number of matches together sharing the new ball on a number of occasions and have served together on the Management Committee since 2013.

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