Stalwart cricket volunteers Dennis Cox and Greg Arms have been honoured with Life Memberships of NSW Country Cricket after the Association’s Annual General Meeting on September 5.
The pair have given selflessly to cricket in the country for decades, inspiring and assisting countless people to play and love the game.
Cox, from Dubbo in Western Zone, began his association with cricket as a player but soon progressed into administration where he has had a profound effect on the game in Dubbo and the surrounding areas.
He has served on boards and committees across the region, and indeed the state, including Western Zone, Macquarie Valley Cricket Council, Dubbo District Cricket Association, Dubbo District Junior Cricket Association and RSL Colts President (formerly Colts United CC), as well as making a massive contribution to the NSW Country Committee of Management, from 2003 to 2018.
Cox’s long-term role as part of the NSW Country Cricket Committee of Management had many highlights, innovations and contributions to NSW Country cricket including the initiation of the prestigious SCG Country Cup, the under 14 Kookaburra Cup and the Plan B Regional Bash.
While Cox has been a shining light as an administrator, it is on the field and as a coach that Newcastle Zone’s Arms has stood out.
Arms had a distinguished career playing in the Newcastle District resulting in his selection to represent his Zone in 107 matches, and as Captain of Newcastle from 1986/87 to 1994/95.
During that time Arms played for NSW Country Cricket for six years, three as Captain for a total of 43 matches. He was selected twice as a member of the Australian Country Team, playing a match against India in 1991.
A career highlight for the batsman includes being selected in the NSW Invitational XI match against the 1988 /89 touring Pakistanis at Newcastle, opening the batting with Mark Taylor and facing the bowling of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Moshsin Kamal.
He represented Northern NSW in matches against visiting international teams including New Zealand in 1984, West Indies in 1986 and England a year later.
Arms also had considerable success as a coach and talent scout, while he continues to be involved in Cricket as a selector for Newcastle and NSW Country.
Chairman of NSW Country Cricket, Paul Marjoribanks, had high praise for both Cox and Arms.
“Dennis has been a tremendous servant to Western Zone cricket,” Marjoribanks said.
“I served with Dennis during his 12 year tenure on the NSW Country Committee of Management where he displayed a great passion for country cricket.
“Greg was an outstanding batsman and leader in NSW Country cricket during the 1980’s and 90’s. He is still involved in cricket on many levels and has been a NSW Country selector for the past 12 seasons.
“Both are worthy recipients of life membership to CCNSW.”