Month: October 2016



Q: You’ve played in Australian conditions before, how hard was it to adapt after playing a season of county cricket in England?

A: I found the conditions not too bad, I played on fairly low and slowish wickets. It was more the slow outfields which made it hard work hitting along the ground so I decided to hit in the air in the end.????

Q: Where did you play on your previous visits to Australia?

A: South Caulfield in the VTCA competition.

Q: Given the magic of Google (and we’ve Googled you, did anyone say Car Pool Karaoke?) what have you found out about Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

A: Ha! The carpool was a media day stunt by Lancashire for the T20s on the Friday night! I should really quit cricket and win the X factor shouldn’t I? ???? … Had a skim through the website, I know you have a social calendar which is always a bonus because what’s cricket without a beer? The images of the ground good.

Q: Tell us about how you got into cricket and then ended up playing with Lancashire.

A: I followed in the old man’s footsteps, as did my younger brother (Graham – signed with Durham), making county at a young age and stuck by it playing regionals and for my country U15s then was scouted by Lancs at 16 and signed my first pro contract age 20. A great memory.

Q:  Is it true what they say:  If you can’t see Pennines it’s raining and if you can see Pennines, it is about to rain?

A: It is true … if you’re in England, it’s raining full stop.

Q: Do you know David Lloyd and have you watched the Youtube video of the eye-watering day Jeff Thomson hit him in the protector?

A: I do know Bumble, one of the better commentators and yeah rather him than me. Poor lad should have hit it!

Q: Lancashire has been home to some wonderful players in addition to Bumble – Clive Lloyd, Andrew Flintoff, Jimmy Anderson and the father of one of our players, Bernard Reidy.  Who is your hero among all the Lancashire legends?

A: I would have to say Fred is! Always has a lot of time for me when training; a character on and off the pitch and a pleasure to play with and to watch! Played a few T20s with him for my club this year, still life in the old dog! 

Q: You’ve made it to County level, is playing for England on the horizon?

A: Definitely! It’s every cricketers’ dream! 

Q: Who is the best batsman to whom you have bowled, and who is the best bowler you have faced?

A: Best batters would have to be Ricky Pointing, Kumar Sangakarra or Adrian Shankar. Best bowler Jimmy Anderson easily.

Q: You will inevitably be called “The Pom” or “Pom” and should get used to answering to it: do you know how the term came about?

A: Prisoner of Her Majesty? Not sure you Aussies that know do you? 


Find out more about Jordan’s career so far here.

And finally, the Car Pool Karaoke










Dominic Manthorpe holds a special place in the history of the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club.

He’s the first “Pom” to come back.

Blokes like Jaik Mickleburgh, Chris Pepper, Dan Lawrence and Michael Comber, Jonno Carpenter and Sam Arthurton came and went, though we have enjoyed watching their progress when they got back to England.

But Dom is a genuine true blue Two-Blue, a person who did a mighty job for us last year and who is playing a key role this summer in the rest of our new cri de Coeur – Two-Blues, One Club, Respect It.

You only had to watch the way Dom gave his all in the games against Bell Post Hill and Leopold to know that.

Unfortunately for us, the GCA rules prevent Dom from playing for us in the ones for a while.

That’s disappointing for the club, and for Dom, but they’re the rules and one thing our club has always done is abide by the GCA rules.

Something we should all do is show our appreciation to Dom and one way to do that is to support Pommy night this Saturday.

It was a success last year when Dom teamed up with Chris Pepper.

Let’s ensure that it’s the same this year when he teams up with Jordan Clark, our freshly minted Pom.

I would like to see as many people there as we can get to support the lads.

And Dom, I want to place on the record our gratitude for all you’ve done – and all we believe you will do over the rest of the summer.

We are a club, one club, and we support everyone from the juniors through to Neville’s 7ths to the First XI.

You’ve brought something special to our club, you’ve created your own history, your own brand, your own mythology.

I am sure you will add to it on Saturday afternoon, and again on Saturday night.

There will be a pool competition as well as darts, $10 gets you entry in to both with prizes to go to the winners of each.

Come dressed in any English gear you can find, prize for best dressed.

Clare will be back in the kitchen cooking up a special menu for the evening;

Continental sausages with mash potato $13
Fish and chips with mushy peas $14
Scotch eggs with curry mayo $12
Bowl of chip with aioli $6
Kids mini chicken schnitzel and chips $10

And of course the bar will be open to quench your thirst after some hard fought wins.

Kind regards

Frank Tuskes


Past Players/Sponsors Day November 5







NCCC invites all Past Players to the annual Past Players and Sponsors day at Queens Park on Saturday November 5. 

On that day the 1st XI hosts Murgheboluc and with both clubs enjoying a strong start to the season we look forward to a classic encounter. As such we would like to see as many possible past players join us throughout the afternoon.

As a key figure in past club glories have received this email in the hope that you will be in a position to rally the troops, spread the message and let people know, particularly those with whom you played in premierships.

Notable premiership anniversaries are;

1sts   1991/92

2nds  1966/67

4ths   1976/77    1991/92

5ths   1986/87

u16s  1996/97

u14s  1976/77

The Past Player day will commence at 2pm with finger food and the bar open throughout. There will be informal welcome speeches at 4pm with the opportunity to reminisce and generally enjoy each other’s company.

Click here for the past players flyer.






Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is pleased to welcome local pizza icons in Geelong – Pizzas With Attitude – as a new sponsor.

“We’re a perfect fit, there are a lot of people with attitude at our club,” joked club President Frank Tuskers.

“And we have plenty of people who love pizza.”

Pizza With Attitudes new fully licensed restaurant at 45 North Valley Road in Highton is conveniently located for Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club members.

The restaurant is open from 4pm until late.

And of course, all Pizzas With Attitude outlets – in East Geelong and Highton – do home deliveries.

Pizzas With Attitude use only the freshest seasonal ingredients prepared daily on their premises.

And famously, Pizzas With Attitude has 38 different types of pizza – all the regulars like Aussie, Marinara and Americana, and a few house specialties including the Ringstinger.

As Pizzas With Attitude motto says – Dare To Be Different.








Question 1:  How did you find out about Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

I was introduced to the club by Greg Wells.

Question 2: Tell us about your cricketing background before joining NCCC.

Grew up in Hamilton playing cricket with the College CC.

I played senior cricket with College CC from 1994 – 2006.  During my time at College, I had stints at St Kilda (cut short by shoulder injury) and I also spent a season in UK where I met my now wife, Sarah.

In 2006, we moved permanently to UK and I played with New Rover CC (2006 – 2007), Calverley St Wilfrids CC (2008 – 2011), Rodley CC (2013) and Rawdon CC (2014).

My captaincy experience includes: College CC, Hamilton District Cricket Association (MCW) and Calverley St Wilfreds.

Question 3: What are your career highlights?

College CC Premiership.

Winning promotions for New Rover and Calverley St Wilfrids.

10/35 for New Rover CC.

9/24 for College CC in the HDCA grand final (

Selected to play in the VCCL U/19 representative team.

Bendigo Country Week Player of the Week.

Question 4: How did you feel when asked to join a famous list of names and be captain of the First XI?

To be honest I haven’t really thought about it or even looked at list of previous captains.  I was shocked to be asked to captain the team as my powers as a cricketer are dwindling with age however, I am honoured to have the opportunity and I look forward to trying to get the most out of the current playing group.

Question 5: What has been your best moment since joining the club?

The win on Saturday against Bell Post Hill was my favourite moment since joining the club.  It has been a long pre-season and it was very satisfying to see the plans that the coaching group have put in place being executed by a group of exciting cricketers.

Question 6: What would you like to see the First XI achieve this summer?

I want to see constant improvement across the whole club #twoblues, one club, respect it!

If we can aim to finish in the top six in the club championship, we will have a couple of teams playing finals come the end of the season.

Question 7: Who is your cricketing hero?

I’m definitely showing my age here.  My cricketing hero as a youngster was Allan Border.

Question 8: Who is your favourite NCCC person – player or non-player?

Shiv is my favourite NCCC person.  His attitude and work ethic sets a great example for the rest of the playing group.

Question 9:  You’re email address is an interesting one. Tell us about your company Stuck on You.

Stuck on You is an ecommerce retailer that specialises in the production of labels and personalised gifts for children. The business trades internationally online and has production facilities in Geelong and Texas.  I am the Group CFO.  Stuck on You also has a sister business called Penny Scallan Design.

Question 10: How does Stinton Oval rate among other cricket ground you have played on?

I would rate Stinton Oval in the top 10 grounds that I have played at.  New Rover cricket ground in Leeds, UK would have to be number 1.


theme-night-flyers-proof-2The historic Fyansford Hotel has joined up with Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club as one of the club’s elite sponsors.

Recently refurbished, the Fyansford Hotel is Geelong’s “country pub” sitting handsomely on the banks of the Moorabool River – and overlooking the Barwon – as it has down since 1854.

“Just as there is with our club, there’s a lot of history around the Fyansford Hotel,” said club president Frank Tuskes.

“A lot of water has come down the Moorabool, joined up the Barwon and passed under the single lane bridge over the years our two organisations have been in existence.

“There are also lot of modern links between the two of us.  As the crow flies, Fyansford Common and Queens Park are pretty close neighbours.

“And we’ve both been building for the future in recent times, with a focus on young people.”

A standout feature of the newly refurbished hotel is the Kids Playroom with complete climbing equipment and children’s meals starting from $5 a head.

But just as NCCC provides opportunities for people to play cricket at all ages, particularly as a venue for Seniors (over 60s) Cricket, the Fyansford Hotel looks after the more mature members of the community as well.

The Seniors Menu is unbeatable on prices and taste.

The Fyansford Hotel also features some great theme nights.

Monday: Roast Night.

Tuesday: Pie Night.

Wednesday: $15 Parmis (six from which to choose)

Thursday: Steak Nights (from $17)

The Fyansford Hotel also features a Beer of the Month, a chance to try something new.

“On behalf of the Two Blues, I thank the Fyansford Hotel for coming on board as one of our major sponsors,” Frank Tuskes said.

“Supporting our cricket club with its broad range of activities for people of all ages is a great way of putting back in your local community and that is what this generous sponsorship is allowing the Fyansford Hotel to do … put back into its community.”