The power of 16 in Western Australia




I have to apologize. When I wrote my first article about WA and their 16 championships in Pura Milk or Dan Marsh Cup, it was supposed to lead to a dynasty of WA articles.

How wrong I was as this quickly turned into a series on NSW.

While NSW certainly deserves everyone’s praise, love and admiration, unfortunately this article is not about NSW.

It’s about WA. That’s about 16 of their best and (Ray) Brightest and number 16. Well, not counting Ray Bright. Obviously.

So let’s start.

NSW won their 16th Pura Cup saucer 22-23, two-state bowler Will Bitty averaged 16 with the bat, Ned Gregory played 16 first-class games for NSW…

Oh shit. Shit Louise, Zeez. It’s supposed to be about WA. Not NSW.

Let’s try again.

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Who better to start than the guy with the most famous 16 in WA history, HH (sorry Bob) Massie.

Bob Massie has the 16 most famous for a Westerner in Tests. He also scored a total of 16 points in the ODIs with a highest score of 16 not eliminated. In testing, he averaged 16 when beating number 11.

Ken MacLeay played 16 ODIs, Graham Watson was the 16th player chosen to play an ODI for Australia, Jhye Richardson played 16 T20s and Cameron Bancroft took 16 Test catches.

Terry Alderman’s Test bowling strike rate at WACA is 16. He also played in 16 winning Test matches and he took 16 wickets in the ’91 Ashes series.

Adam Gilchrist scored 16 centuries in the ODIs. And his loss percentage as test captain was 16.66%.

Ric Charlesworth, Olympic silver medalist in hockey (player) and gold medalist (coach), scored 16 first class half centuries for WA.

Rod Marsh scored 16 Test half-cents and hit 16 sixes in Tests. Pakistan’s Marsh test average was 16.

Rodney Marsh

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Joel Paris made his debut for WA at the under-16 level. In the ODIs, he netted 16 overs after making his debut in 2016. He also took 16 wickets in the BBL and scored 16 in the opening innings of the Pura Milk final this year.

Bruce Reid and Tom Moody were both 16 feet tall.

Luke Ronchi last played Test in 2016 and scored 16 first-class hundreds. He had 16 fours in his tally of 119 against the England minnows.

He also hit a half-century T20 with 16 balls in Minnowland and his highest ODI five-batt was 16.

Cameron Green took 16 Test wickets and in the recent Test series against Pakistan he hit 16 limits. His best bowling figures in the T20s are 2-16.

Cameron Green celebrates.

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I need to breathe for issues 15 and, of course, 16…

During his Test career, Mitchell Johnson played 16,001 legal deliveries, was not absent 16 times, took four wickets in one inning 16 times, took 16 Test wickets under captain Steve Smith and had a batting average of 16 when at bat at ten.

In the ODIs, he had a batting average of 16. He took 35 wickets against the Windies in 16 innings, and he took 80 wickets in 16 Tests under Ryan Harris.

Dennis Lillee also went 16 innings against the West Indies, averaging 16 with the bat in Testing in New Zealand.

DK Lillee scored a total of 16 points in testing in 1971. His aluminum bat was 16 inches long, weighed 16 Swan Lagers (in the old scale) and he threw it 16 cubits. He also threatened to hit Javed Miandad 16 times.

So to all of you westerners among us: congratulations to the power of 16.

Coming soon: even more WA glory. The Westerners who topped the World Cup wins for Australia.




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