After 253 matches and 21 seasons at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, Kevin Poller has achieved our highest individual honour, becoming a Life Member!
An enormous congratulations to KP on this incredible achievement, becoming just the sixty-fourth Spartan to be inducted in the Club’s 98 years.
Kev was inducted as a Life Member of the Club at our end of season Windup last Friday in front of over seventy guests, who have all gotten to know KP personally, such is his calibre.
Always welcoming to all members, Kev has been an asset and stalwart of Leeming Spartan for over two decades now, and the record he has accumulated in the process well and truly speaks for itself.
Be sure to read on below about KP’s incredible achievement, and then view the full list of Spartan Life Members here!
Congratulations to Kevin Poller (front row, two from the left), on becoming the 64th Leeming Spartan Life Member!
Kev was inducted alongside good friend and premiership teammate Shannon Davies at Friday night’s windup, in front of more than seventy guests, all of whom were delighted to see KP become a Life Member!
Of his 253 matches (Kev reached the 250 milestone in the season just gone), KP has captained the side 57 times, and incredibly, has been involved in 5 premierships, 3 of which come in the two-day competition.
His most recent premiership came just two seasons ago, in the 5th Grade’s triumphant two-day victory in season 2015/16.
With a very impressive four century partnerships, over 4500 runs, 205 wickets, 142 catches and seven stumpings, Kev has certainly ticked all the boxes worth completing during his time at the Spartans.
One of the many reasons that makes Kev’s induction as a Life Member so deserving is the fact that he has always had the Club at heart, and he is one of the nicest and most genuine Spartans to walk through the door.
A regular at every event, including our weekly Thursday and Saturday evenings at the Club, he is also one of our most reliable members, and you will almost always spot Kev in Club photos – and not just those on the Premiership board, although he is featured there five times!
Kev mentioned during his acceptance speech last weekend that he hasn’t been particularly involved on a Committee level, and noted he was more of a “playing Life Member”, recognised for his on-field dedication to the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club.
This is not entirely true however, as Kev has always been more than happy to help off the field when called upon, assisting whenever required – whether it be through taking out a bin or packing away at close in years past – meaning that KP is very much the definition of a Club stalwart.
Kevin Poller speaks at the 2017 Leeming Spartan Windup having just received Life Membership.
Another facet in which he excels is that with KP, you always know exactly what you will get – and what you get is nothing short of outstanding.
Dedication on the field makes Kev a great teammate to have, the fact that he almost always meets you back at the Club after training and matches is a testament to his character, and it is also perfect evidence that he has always had the Club close at heart.
Kevin has played twenty one seasons at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club, always in the two-day competition, and he has well and truly excelled during that time.
With over 4500 runs to his name at an average of 23.2, Kev has been a fine batsman for many years, with his along-the-ground stroke play one of his greatest skills.
Often coming in to bat in the middle order, KP has made a name for himself in the number six position, and the fact that he has 61 not outs recorded is proof that once in, he becomes very difficult to remove.
His full personal statistics are listed below.
Kevin Poller – Batting Statistics:
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A much younger Kevin Poller (front row three from the left) celebrating a 6th Grade Premiership in 1998.
Kevin Poller is without doubt a hugely well deserving recipient of Leeming Spartan Life Membership, having been a testament to the Club for over two decades.
Congratulations mate on this incredible achievement, and thank you for being a big part of our Club!