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The NSWCA yr booklet exhibits a tender bloke, St George’s Kerry O’Keeffe, on the most sensible of the bowling with 33 wickets at below 10 runs apiece together with his leg-spinners. My identify is spelt with a ‘P’ within the Yearbook; humans getting the spelling of my identify unsuitable is anything I’ve needed to post with all my existence. Thomson and Pascoe then advanced to taking part in for Bankstown C-grade within the Municipal and Shire pageant. Lennie and that i have been advised to visit the web trials firstly of the season and we discovered ourselves working towards with fellas like Ian King, the Aboriginal quickly bowler, Grahame Thomas, who performed for NSW and Australia, and Ronnie Briggs, who performed for NSW. on the finish of the 1966–67 season, staff captain, Alan Tyson, wrote within the club’s yr ebook: Jeff Thomson and Len Pascoe carried the brunt of the hole assault and with their diverse kinds turned excellent companions. Jeff together with his quickly and exact deliveries regularly positioned the batsmen at the shielding and Len together with his convey deliveries and fifty seven wickets. Len indicates promise as being an outstanding all-rounder. ’6 That cricket yr was once a great deal a springboard for either Jeff and Lennie. in school Thommo was once nonetheless excelling at activities and absolutely ignoring his reports. He’d frequently take place to classification with flippers striking at the most sensible of his university bag. His buddies knew it wouldn’t be lengthy sooner than Thommo took off to Maroubra seashore for the remainder of the day. Lennie recalls the time Thommo took at the college bully, an incredible child they referred to as Socco: Socco was once huge and powerful and nobody, no longer even the lecturers, messed with him. a number of humans have been testing for a spot at the javelin crew. Socco used to be the varsity champion, yet Thommo used to be hell-bent upon knocking him off. all of us went all the way down to see the competition. Socco may throw, then Thommo might get a couple of inches forward, then Socco might outdo him by way of a section and the item went on. We have been all considering, ‘Thommo don’t beat Socco—beat this bloke and you’re lifeless! ’ yet Thommo didn’t care. He had no worry. After your time, with one simply scraping sooner than the opposite, Thommo misplaced endurance. He acknowledged, ‘Give us the bloody factor’ and he hurled the javelin well past all of the traces, out of the college oval and onto the line. It used to be outstanding. all of us ran like hell, simply because Socco wasn’t one to clutter with. because it became out Thommo’s throw used to be no longer counted. The strains to degree the throw weren’t out some distance adequate, so his javelin toss was once thought of out of bounds. I’ve without doubt if Thommo have been coached in right strategy in throwing the javelin he might have been within the Australian Olympic music and box crew. 7 Thommo survived the competition with Socco and subsequent summer time (1967–68) he performed for Bankstown moment 11, taking 20 wickets for 376 at 18. eight runs apiece. the following season he was once taken instantly into the A-grade part. and the way he played, taking luggage of wickets together with hauls of 7/34, 6/44, 5/48, 5/62 and 5/55. His A-grade captain, Bob Madden, wrote within the membership yearbook for 1968–69: Jeff Thomson: first 12 months in first-grade cricket and captured the main wickets on the top general; a commendable feat.