Former Sydney University First Grade cricketer and, Foundation Life Member, Dr Jim Mackie has passed away aged 86.
Dr Mackie, who was an orthodontist throughout his professional life, played 22 First Grade matches for the Sydney University Cricket Club during the 1953/54 and 1955/56 seasons.
He served Sydney University as vice president for 54 years, since 1964, up until the date he passed. Dr Mackie was President of the club from 1965 to 1973, as well as club Patron for 13 years between 1990 and 2003.
Predominantly a wicketkeeper, Dr Mackie claimed 15 catches and five stumpings during his First Grade career, in what is now known as the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
The talented gloveman was affectionately called the ‘prince of keepers’ within the Sydney University club. Dr Mackie was the 394th player to take the field in First Grade for the students.
Such was his talent that, in 1953, the Sun Herald reported that former Australian Test and NSW wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield “forfeited his position behind the stumps” to allow Dr Mackie to ‘keep’ for a New South Wales Cricket Association XI in a match against the Combined Association Schools XI at the SCG.
Dr Mackie was also a member of New South Wales Colts squad during the 1953/54 season.
He was also a handy middle to lower order batsman for the students. Dr Mackie scored 412 First Grade runs at an average of 17.93, including a highest score of 52.
According to the club, during the 1980s and 1990s, Dr Mackie also played for the Sydney University Veterans team.
Dr Mackie passed away on Saturday 22 December.