Nunawading Cricket Club

Nunawading CC Life Membership awarded to Gary Saultry in March 2017

Gary Saultry played at Nunawading from 1982 – 2004.

His career statistics are 221 games played.  He bowled 3255 overs, 737 maidens, took 518 wickets at an average of 16.1 and took 16 wickets 5  times.

He batted 222 times with 53 not outs for an aggregate of 3525 at 20.9 with 13 50s and a top score of 78.

Gary was a highly competitive all rounder who bowled left arm inswing. No matter how old the ball was, Saults could get it to move all day.  He was the ultimate professional who knew his limitations and bowled consistent line and length all day.  Every run was earned against Gary.  He had a lightning arm in the field from his many years of playing baseball.  Those baseball skills served him well when he batted.  He generally batted between 7 – 9 in the order and always put a price on his wicket. He would keep the good balls out but if you bowled short to him the ball would disappear with a baseball swing through mid wicket.

Gary was the ultimate competitor and club man. He spend many years assisting with coaching junior teams.  A former president Matthew Joyce wrote fondly of being coached by Gary in the juniors.  He put up his hand to captain sides for close to a decade and was premiership captain of the seconds when it won the flag in 99/ 00.  Gary set the example in the close semi final bowling when he had pulled his hamstring the week before and pulling off a blinding catch.  By the time he left the club he had reached a standard that he was winning both batting and bowling averages.  He also served on the committee for many years doing the roles of junior section manager, social secretary, bar manager and  doing whatever he could to better the club,  Gary had the force of personality to engage with every member of Nunawading and was interested in every team’s performance.  He is the sort of person that unites a club and encourages others to be part of such a positive environment.  Gary had 4 boys who played juniors close to his home in the Ferntree Gully association and so we unfortunately lost a huge contributor to the playing success and social fabric of the club.  It is an opportune time to recognize his contribution and nominate him for life membership.