22 August 2018

Balmain legend passes away age 92

Keith Stimson

The man who led the Balmain Cricket Club to the 1967/68 Sydney First Grade premiership, Keith Stimson, has passed away aged 92. 

The First Grade career of Mr Stimson in the Sydney Grade cricket competition spanned a remarkable 22 years and included 17 seasons.

In 206 First Grade matches, he scored 4,695 runs at an average of 26.22, including two centuries and 25 half-centuries.

The majority of those 17 seasons in the top grade came at Balmain, which has since changed its name to the Sydney Cricket Club.

Mr Stimson played 15 seasons with Balmain in First Grade from 1953/54 to 1970/71 and, captained the side for eight campaigns between 1962/63 to 1969/70.

Before he moved to Balmain in 1953, he also played First and Second Grade for Central Cumberland – now Parramatta – between 1949 and 1952.

Incredibly, his two centuries were both posted during the latter stages of his career. The highest of which just before his 43rd birthday in 1968/69.

Mr Stimson made his career best score of 158 against Bankstown-Canterbury.

His maiden century came in 1963/64, when at age 37, he fell one run short of the 150 milestone against North Sydney.

He was the 267th player to play First Grade for the Balmain/Sydney Cricket Club and continued to play in the lower grades for Balmain long after his final First Grade match for the club during the Rothmans Cup limited-overs competition in 1971/72.

His last match for Balmain was in 1979/80 after 27 seasons with the club.

Mr Stimson passed away on Thursday 19 July.

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