One of Greenies Cricket Club’s most
popular and respected players bowed out on Saturday after 14 years of loyal –
always sober – service.
The Greenies are sponsored by
Heineken and renowned for partying harder than scoring runs. Scott ‘Watto’
Watson focused more on the playing side, especially during his time as captain,
and will be sorely missed after his last game for Greenies Too.
He is heading back to Australia with
his family for work reasons. Watto was captain for three years before Tom
Stephens took over last year. Watto built a platform for success as Greenies –
usually one of the poorer teams – were runners-up in the league to Prison.
Since 2007 Watson has played in 24
league matches, scoring 433 with a top score of 86. He also played in 12 cup
matches with 142 runs, best of 35.
Bowling wise, in the league, he
played in 24 matches, bowled 166 overs, took 35 wickets for 713 runs, averaging
20.37, strike rate of 29.77 and best of 3-25.
Greenies Too captain Richard
Sawle-Thomas said: “Watto was a classic all-rounder, and, like the great Donald
Bradman, got out for a golden duck in his final innings.
“There were those that claimed that
‘The Don’ could not see properly because he had a tear in his eye, knowing that
it was his last bat. I’d like to think the same of Watto!”
Greenies Too won the game quite
comfortably in the end thanks to a good partnership between Matthew ‘Texas’
Walker and Abali Hoilett and a late surge from Dogga Dean to get them 234 from
40 overs. It was too much for Aims Consultants who fell short by around 30
Greenies generously gave Watto a
signed bat and had a collection that raised around $1,000.