Australian cricket great Jeff Thomson is coming to the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10, writes WADE GLEESON.
The event at Gretna will be a free event for all you cricket fans and alike, with the opportunity to meet and greet the great man from 4-10pm (closing time).
Thomson played 51 test matches for Australia, taking 200 wickets with a bowling average of 28.00. He also played 50 one-day internationals taking 55 wickets for a bowling average of 35.30.
Regarded by many cricket greats as the faster bowler of all time, in December 1975, during the second test match against the West Indies at the WACA, Thomson was timed with a release speed of 160.45 km/h. Measurements were also made of three other fast bowlers – Dennis Lillee, Andy Roberts and Michael Holding – and the study found that Thomson’s fastest delivery was significantly quicker than the next best bowler, Andy Roberts, whose fastest delivery was measured at 150.67 km/h.
Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career and has claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h.
Jeffrey Robert Thomson was born on August 16, 1950, in Greenacre, New South Wales, and was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.
So come along and listen to some great stories from the man himself when he visits the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10. For more information you can call the Gretna Green Hotel on 6286 1332.