Club: Randwick Petersham Cricket Club
High Score: 158*
After 16 first-grade seasons in the Green and Gold of Randwick Petersham, Adam ‘Sempie’ Semple has hung up the boots.
Semple leaves the NSW Premier Cricket Competition a hero having etched his name into the Randwick Petersham history books by winning the Belvidere Cup in 2019-20, the First-Grade Limited Overs Cup in 2020-21, and the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup in the most recent 2021-22 season.
It is an achievement in itself to play first-grade for Randwick Petersham. A consistently dominant NSW Premier Cricket outfit that has produced the likes of David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Simon Katich, Nathan Hauritz, Jason Sangha and Daniel Sams.
It is an even greater achievement to play 16 consecutive first-grade seasons and hold the following club records:
- Most games for the club (310) and in first-grade (309)
- Most runs for the club (6,629) and in first-grade (6,505)
- Most wickets in first-grade (419)
- Most half-centuries in first-grade (32)
- Most sixes for the club and in first-grade (170)
- Most fielder catches in first-grade (96)
- First-grade partnership records of 232 for the 5th wicket and 235 for the 6th
- At 39 years and 268 days, the oldest player to take 5 wickets in an innings and a hat-trick in first-grade for the club (6-37)
- At 39 years and 286 days, the oldest player to score a first-grade century for the club (101*)
Read a detailed summary of Adam Semple's 2021-22 final summer in the NSW Premier Cricket Competition, written by Randwick Petersham Cricket Club's honorary historian Lyall Gardner - CLICK HERE
See all the statistics from Semple's outstanding first-grade career - CLICK HERE
Messages flew in from far and wide at the news Semple had called time on an illustrious career:
“One of the best all-round cricketers I’ve seen in grade cricket in my time. A genuine machine, a wonderful bloke and great clubman.” – Michael Roy Whitney AM (President and Australian test cricketer #313)
“Adam is without a doubt one of the finest players ever to play for the club and is also the most dynamic all-rounder in NSW Premier Cricket over the last 20 years.” – Bill Anderson PSM (Director of Cricket.
“I can safely say Adam is the best cricketer I’ve played with who hasn’t played professionally.” – Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent CCC)
“It was a pleasure to play alongside Adam for so many years. In another era of NSW Cricket he would have played a lot more”. – Simon Katich (Australian test cricketer #384)
“Semp, it was an absolute pleasure and privilege to play cricket alongside you”. – Nathan Hauritz (Australian Test Cricketer #390)
“Congrats Semps on a fantastic achievement mate. Apart from being a great performer on the field it’s obvious how much you are loved and admired by everyone at the club.” – Matthew Mott (Australian Women’s Coach)
“First word that comes to mind is authentic and no better person to uphold the club’s values of Trust, Respect and Humility.” – Burt Cockley (NSW representative)
“Sempie, congratulations mate! You know I loved playing with you. You were a genius back then. You’re even better now. Your longevity and everything you’ve done for the club and achieved – it’s been amazing.” – Usman Khawaja
And lastly, this video from one of the greatest of all time...
Congratulations on an outstanding career Sempie.
Cricket NSW wishes you the best in your future endeavours.