Nunawading Cricket Club

Tim Sproule. Nuna CC Life Member

 

2015 -16 was a golden season for Nunawading with 3 senior and 1 junior premiership being the culmination of years of hard work.  As the club got stronger in the years leading up to this season, the committee had time to recognize the contribution of its servants who helped the club survive and then thrive.  There have been 6 life members added in the last 4 seasons.  However some players who have made equally important contributions were not recognized as survival was the priority.  This is an opportunity to give due recognition to someone who has made a massive contribution to our club but has been overlooked as he has since retired from playing.

Tim Sproule epitomises the values of many of our life members.  Tim played all his junior cricket at our club and graduated through to senior ranks.  It would be fair to say that Tim was an honest junior cricketer with his highlight in junior ranks being the tailender that saw Glenn Turner through to a century in a grand final.  He loved his cricket however and was always the hardest trainer in the nets working on his bowling craft and ensuring he never gave his wicket away when he batted. Tim was the fiercest of competitors and always gave his all in every game. Tim graduated to be the captain of the thirds for many seasons in the 90s and early 2000s. His passion for the game was always evident and every toss he won was followed by a comment that it was a good day to bowl. He bowled off spin which never spun and would frequently get wickets with batsmen playing for turn that never eventuated.  He was also a determined bat who had to be bowled out.  He wasn’t what you called pretty but he was effective. He also was a very slips fielder with safe hands.  Tim made his living from working outdoors and paid a penalty with a very bad back which he carried throughout his career but never stopped him from giving 100%.    Tim played senior cricket from 1982 – 2004 and then played closer to home in Emerald.

By 2011 the club was struggling badly and Tim returned to the club to assist it in a time of need.  He played for two seasons in the firsts from 2011 /12 – 2012/13 including being captain for the last season.  Many of the first players commented at the end of the season that it was his spirit that held the team together in hard times.  By then Tim’s back was gone and he had to retire after a long playing career

His senior playing record from 1982 – 2004 and 2010 -2013 is as follows:

Played: 203 games:

Innings 214:

Not out : 38

Runs: 3361 at 19.09 with 13 50s, 2 100s and a highest score of 101 no.

Bowling: 2147.3 overs, 401 maidens, 293 wickets, 6501 runs at an average of 22.18 and 7 five fors.

On top of his playing career, Tim put in many hours contributing to the club as a coach of junior teams, many years in the committee including being the club president (years?).  He served on the committee again in his final two years before retirement.  For his 6 years in the junior club, 26 years of passionate representation of the purple and gold on the playing field and extensive contribution on the committee we nominate Tim Sproule for Life membership of the Nunawading Cricket Club.