The 100th anniversary of NSW and Australian fast bowler Albert `Tibby’ Cotter’s death in World War One will be commemorated with the next round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket named in his honour.
Cotter was killed on October 31, 1917, while acting as a mounted stretcher-bearer at the third Battle of Gaza and was buried near Beersheba, which is now in southern Israel.
He is one of three NSW cricketers who died during WWI, all in 1917. Norm Callaway, who scored 207 in his only innings for NSW, was killed on 3 May, and Gother Clarke, who played seven first class matches between 1899 and 1902 as a leg-spinner, died on 12 October. Clarke enlisted as a doctor at the age of 41.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones paid tribute to the players who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“NSW is a cricket family. Norm Callaway, Gother Clarke and Tibby Cotter are a special part of that family,” Mr Jones said.
“Tibby Cotter made a great impact as player during Australia’s earliest years as a federation so it is fitting that we honour his contribution on and off the field with a round of Premier Cricket.
“A short man with a slinging action which has been compared to Jeff Thomson, Cotter generated great pace and had a reputation for shattering stumps.
“Like Thomson, Cotter was known for his pace rather than his accuracy, once hitting WG Grace on the body with a full toss.
“He played 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912, claiming 89 wickets at an average of 28.64. In Sheffield Shield cricket he took 123 wickets at 23.45.
“Like all of the finest cricketers who have represented NSW and Australia, Tibby Cotter played club cricket for the since merged Glebe Cricket Club, where he once claimed four wickets in four balls.
“For well over a century club cricket has been the foundation which has made NSW the most successful first class cricket team in the world.
“Tibby Cotter, Norm Callaway and Gother Clarke were all an important part of that foundation.”