Wayback Cricket Club's Paul Newman to open new season with historic 300th A grade match

Paul 'Sammy' Newman will be the first player in Wayback Cricket Club's 75-year history to play 300 A grade games when he takes the field this Saturday against Tod River.

Newman commenced his playing career with Wayback in the colts during the 1990-91 season and the following season he was a member of the colts premiership team.

His first game of senior cricket for the club was on October 18, 1997 against Tasman.

Newman is now playing in his 23rd season for the club - he missed the 2000-01 season when he left Port Lincoln for employment reasons and played for the Tumby Bay and District Colts Club in 2007-08.

For the majority of his career, Sammy has been a right arm opening bowler and has taken 461 wickets for the club - all but 11 of these have been in A grade - to make him the second-highest A grade wicket taker in club history.

His best bowling figures are 6/26 and he has taken five wickets in an innings on seven occasions.

Mainly a lower order right-hand bat, Sammy has opened the batting on a number of occasions.

His highest score is 79 and with 3208 A grade runs, is only the second player in club history to take 400 wickets and make 3000 runs in the A grade.

Newman has also made 915 B grade runs for the club with a top score of 180 - the highest individual B grade score in club history.

He has played in three A grade premiership teams - 2002-03 when he was vice captain, plus 2004-05 and 2010-11 when captain.

Newman captained the club for five seasons (2006-07, 2010-11 to 2012-13 and 2016-17) and has been vice captain for five campaigns.

In addition, Newman has been a regular association player and has captained both the Port Lincoln Henderson Shield A grade and B grade teams.

He was also an Eyre Peninsula representative for a number of years and vice captain twice, and made the state country squad in 2005 and 2006.

During his playing career, Newman has won the A grade most valuable player trophy four times, the A grade bowling aggregate eight times and the A grade bowling average four times.

He has also won association bowling trophies, in addition to winning the club and association B grade batting average trophy in 2018-19 and the club B grade batting average trophy in 2019-20.

Sammy was awarded life membership to the Wayback Cricket Club in 2013 and to the Port Lincoln Cricket Association in 2020.

The Wayback Cricket Club said it has been lucky to have Sammy in the ranks and wishes him well for his upcoming milestone.