To play 400 games of cricket is a remarkable feat, taking many years of dedication and hard work, and as such it places the recipient in a class of his own.
This coming Saturday, 10th of December, Brad Mant will enter that elite class, becoming just the fifth person to play 400 games at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club.
Manty joins David Blight (487 games), Brian Waterer (446), Ron McDonald (416), and Peter Read (400) on the list of Spartans with more than 400 matches.
For those wishing to watch Manty play game 400, the match will take place at Trevor Gribble Reserve from 1:00pm this Saturday!
First debuting in the 1990/91 season, Manty’s career is remarkable, and his statistics (viewable below) are outstanding.
He recently became the first Spartan to reach 12,000 runs for the Club, an achievement that will likely never be bettered.
Manty has showed no signs of slowing down, a recent transformation off the field has resulted in a rejuvenation on it – he is the leading run scorer for the Club this season.
Highlighted by a chanceless 106 not out, he has posted scores of 25, 13, 82, 68, 36, 106*, 41, and 40 in his digs in the one day comp this season.
Manty will get to play game 400 against Maddington at home from 1:00pm, on Trevor Gribble Reserve – a location that has seen more games of his than any other.
A career that has spawned an envious amount of highlights, Manty was inducted as Life Member of the Club in 2006, having served as a selector for almost a decade.
Off the field, he served as the Vice President at Leeming Spartan from 2000 to 2004 under the Presidency of both Peter Read and Brian Waterer. (Note that there was no Junior or Senior Vice President at the time).
He has worked tirelessly in the kitchen to cook up a storm (likely having already done so at the game hours earlier!), Manty has positioned himself as a reliable member of the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club time and time again.
Also off the field, countless tribunal appearances has Manty holding yet another record, most games missed for the Club through suspension.
Nevertheless, his commitment to the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club beyond the boundary is not to be overshadowed, having made the effort to support the Club in one of the toughest roles as selector (and to be fair, he is the perfect man for the job), he is well deserving of this incredible accolade.
Mant On The Run:
On the field, those 400 games hold a number of moments that are entrenched in Spartan history.
One of the most significant highlights of Manty’s career was his role in a Club-defining victory in the 1992/93 First Grade Grand Final, a victory which rejuvenated the Club – the effects of which are still felt today.
Playing in just is second season, a young Bradley was playing in the Club’s first win in the top grade in exactly twenty years
He also holds the Club’s highest score, a mammoth 194, which came about in the 6th Grade in the 2008/09 season.
His first ton, a score of 106 against Roleystone in 1996 was the first of many, and his second came about later in the season with a massive 162 not out against the same opposition. He has twelve centuries for the Club (about one century every 1.6 seasons), and a whopping 63 scores above fifty.
A wicket-keeper batsman by trade, he is second on the list of catches with 307, with 51 stumpings showing his quick reflexes behind the stumps.
When he leant is hand to the bowling crease, he certainly didn’t embarrass himself, his 91 wickets coming from 487 overs, a best of 4/39.
Premierships, however, are the most significant on-field result, the culmination of a season of hard work, and Brad Mant has a whopping eleven of them, six of which come from the two-day competition.
Bat In Hand:
Behind The Stumps:
Rolling The Arm Over:
How To Celebrate:
The game will take place this Saturday from 1:00pm against Maddington at one of our home grounds Trevor Gribble Reserve.
Seating will be available although patrons are required to bring their own food and (‘non-alcoholic’) drinks.
The Spartan Clubhouse at John Connell will be open all day in case of any enquiries or requests.
Following the completion of the match, patrons and players are encouraged to make their way ip Karel Avenue (towards Roe Highway) to the Spartan clubhouse.
Here, we will be having drinks, dinners, and presentations to celebrate the milestone, the first of which will begin at 7:00pm.
Anyone who has a story to tell about Manty (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t!), is asked to please get in contact with the Club by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0438 005 493.
In the lead up, we ask that you write a message of congratulations to Manty on our website by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday to celebrate a special milestone and a piece of Spartan history.
Congratulations Manty, just another day at the office!