The Thunder Nation has proudly recognised the 100th birthday of a wonderful servant to cricket in Western Sydney, Newton Howard.
A Life Member of Bankstown District Cricket Association for over 60 years, Mr Howard was recently presented with a personalised Thunder Community shirt numbered 100.
Mr Howard is also an original founder of the Bankstown District Cricket Association.
While no longer living in the Bankstown area, Mr Howard said he was the “talk of the town” where he lives on the Central Coast.
Cricket NSW Manager for Canterbury Bankstown, Daniel Solway, drove the organisational effort to get the shirt to Mr Howard.
“It was great to be able to be involved in the process,” said Solway, who also opens the batting for Bankstown in NSW Premier Cricket.
“The Secretary of Bankstown District Cricket Association Dianne Ford sent me an email saying that his birthday was coming up.
“I reached out to (Fan and Community Engagement Specialist) Jono Lees from the Thunder team (and we went from there).”
“It’s great to have the support of the Big Bash clubs, they’re such a recognisable brand in the community, so to be able to show that they care about the community … I know (the Association) were very appreciative.”
Mrs Ford could not thank Daniel enough.
“I emailed Daniel … and the next day he got back to me and said I’ve organised something from Sydney Thunder, an especially made shirt for him.
“(Newton’s) daughter wrote to me and said he’s absolutely chuffed with it and he hadn’t taken it off.
“Without people like Newton, Bankstown cricket would not exist.”