Savage's 22 years of loyalty to Point

BEAUTY Point cricket captain Jason Savage continues to be one of the TCL's top performers with bat and ball after 22 seasons playing with the one club.

The 34-year-old, Temco worker considers himself a bowling all-rounder but is more than handy with the bat and capable of filling any spot in the top order.

``I started playing A-grade when I was about 12 and club loyalty is important to me - my father and grandfather played here and my brothers,'' he said.

``I'm a bowler - I'd rather bat but I think I'm a better bowler than I am a batter. Batting just comes second.''

The right-arm medium pacer has career best bowling figures of 7-17 against ACL and a top score of 161 with the bat, which he scored against Legana five or six years ago.

``I've slowed down considerably over the years,'' he said.

``I used to open the bowling when I was a bit quicker but now I'm just a swing bowler and bowl first change.

``I prefer to open the batting but I am happy to bat wherever I'm needed and whatever is best for the team.''

Savage was an instrumental part of the club winning its first TCL A-grade premiership last season and its first flag in 25 years - the last a premiership in the defunct Tamar League in 1987-88.

``That was a big occasion for the club and the celebrations lasted a fair while,'' he said.

A keen footballer as well as cricketer, Savage played NTFA footy with Bridgenorth last season but will be assistant coach for the Tamar Cats this year.

``I chose footy as my main sport as a youngster and went to Hobart for the Mariners and stuff,'' he said.

``I don't know if I was better at it or not but cricket was always just a bit of fun playing for Beauty Point - but obviously you played to win.

``Over the years it has become more professional in keeping up with the other teams - but I enjoy cricket more than football.''

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