Ipswich cricket comes together
TWO clubs came together to remember the life of an Ipswich cricket stalwart on Saturday.
The day before, Troy Salton - scorer and manager of Northsiders Cricket Club - was laid to rest.
Northsiders vice president Scott Fryer said winning a game of cricket was far from at the forefront of anyone's minds heading into Saturday's IWMCA final round between Norths and Centrals.
But it was fitting the two clubs were scheduled to play against each other at the weekend.
"It's been a tough week in all honesty, it was tough for all the boys to get up for the game,” Fryer said.
"But Troy would have been sitting there saying get on with the game boys, we've got a game to win so let's do it.
"Through Troy's representative and managerial roles all through SEQ, Ipswich and our club, a lot of the boys he's mentored are either at Centrals or Norths. It was fitting that we ended up at Centrals (on Saturday).”
The Tigers were not playing for a finals berth, and yet defeated the red-hot Centrals outfit by 19 runs.
Norths veteran Kev Cummings (53 not out) combined with Troy's son Dominic (13 not out) to record a 77-run, ninth-wicket partnership which ultimately set up the win.
"I'm not a believer in that sort of stuff, but clearly something was on Dom's side (on Saturday),” Fryer said.
"Speaking with (Norths coach) Mick Hillier, he said when they took that last wicket, Dom hugged Michael and all the boys got around him. It showed what that meant.
"Troy would have been immensely proud.”
Fryer, who has fond memories of sitting with the Salton family at Broncos games over the past two years, called Troy "one of the best blokes I've met in my life”.
"There were a few guys talking about possibly retiring, or not coming back to play next year, but from the events this week a lot of those guys have decided they'll come back,” Fryer said.
"We feel we owe it to Troy and the family. We'll come back and hopefully be a strong team next year in all three grades.”
Fryer wished to thank Centrals, Fassifern and Marburg cricket clubs, as well as the IWMCA for being flexible in the starting times so Norths players from all grades could be present at Limestone Park for the minute's silence.