End looms for scoring partnership

A LEGENDARY Mowbray Cricket Club combination is about to come to an end.

Club stalwarts Juan Salter and Simon Howard, two names synonymous with the Eagles, have both been involved with the club as former players, committee members, club presidents and  A-grade scorers for the last 20 odd years. 

Salter's total involvement with the club stretches over 40 years since he started as a player in 1973. 

But the trusty scoring partnership with Howard, which started in 1994, is about to come to an end when he puts away his laptop computer next year to pursue an interest in cricket umpiring.

``I played mostly second grade and captained a second grade flag and played about 250 games for the club,'' Salter said.

``I took over as chairman in 1993 and continued until about 2003 and when I gave it away Simon took it over.

``He gave it away at the end of last year so we virtually did it for 20 years and we've been scoring together for about the same time.''

The pair usually rotated the first grade scoring duties taking a session each during a day's play.

``I wouldn't know how many games we've scored all up but the club won four flags during that time,'' he said.

Salter started cricket umpiring in third grade on Sundays and said he wanted to try his hand in higher grades next year.

``But it's probably going to be the end of mine and Simon's partnership,'' he said.

Howard will continue as scorer on his own next season but said he will miss his mate and their superstitions.

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