TONY ‘Tex’ Marshall found his love for cricket the hard way, but that hasn’t stopped the 69-year-old from giving it a go.
After suffering a brain haemorrhage at 18-years, Tex gave up football and turned to cricket.
Although it wasn’t his first choice, the sport is now something he can’t imagine his life without.
“I wasn’t allowed to play football because of the operation I had on my head and I probably wouldn’t have survived if I was hit in the same spot again,” he said.
“I always enjoyed backyard cricket and beach cricket, so I wanted to give it a try.”
Soon after joining the Clarence District Cricket Club as a player, Tex moved to the administration side of the club.
He was a committee member for 25-years, but now balances a part-time job as an accounts and payroll clerk with scoring the club matches every weekend.
He has scored in national and international matches played at Blundstone Arena in previous years.
In spite of his age, Tex has proven to be popular with the younger members of the club, where he takes the time to get to know new members and make them feel welcome.
“I would normally go down and introduce myself to new players at training, give them a handshake and welcome them to the club,” he said.
“I think they enjoy that and I try and encourage the younger players to enjoy their time at our club.
“I continue to welcome the youngsters in the same manner at most training nights I attend.
“It’s always good to get to know the younger players and I get along pretty well with them, but I am still the old guy, so they get a bit of a laugh out of it.”
Tex is part of Cricket Australia’s Community Champions Campaign.
This newly launched initiative highlights grass roots stories around Australia, where individuals are using cricket in a positive and inspiring way.
Caption: Tony ‘Tex’ Marshall of the Clarence District Cricket Club.