TWO Creswick Imperials teammates bring up their 100th club games against Burrumbeet in the Ballarat Cricket Association division two at Burrumbeet tomorrow.
Captain Matt Longridge and Ash Coxall have had largely parallel careers, beginning as juniors at Creswick and then following the merger with Invermay in 2006.
The duo has taken a combined tally of 299 wickets.
Coxall’s best return is 6-39, while Longridge has bagged 6-44.
Longridge said he had been approached by other clubs over the years to make a move, but strong ties with his mates had kept him with Creswick Imperials.
“I haven’t thought of playing anywhere else.
“Cricket is a social game. Some take it too seriously,” Longridge said.
“Being able to have a beer with your mates ... if you didn’t have that you wouldn’t play.”
The 23-year-old plumber has dropped back to division this season for a couple of reasons.
As well as having a couple of “dodgy” shoulders, he is waiting to become a father.
“My missus is having a baby, so she has to come to the games just in case she goes into labour.”
Coxall said he “easily” had another 100 games in him.
“I’ll keep playing until my body breaks down,” he said.
“I’ve stuck around the whole time with the blokes I grew up with from juniors,” he said.