Special ‘Baggy Blue’ cap awarded to Tom Groth

March 29, 2017

Cricketer, Tom Groth has become only the second cricketer to be presented with a baggy blue cap to signify playing 50 games for New South Country.

Tom received his baggy blue in Bowral in late February, following a NSW Country versus Canterbury, New Zealand.

His wife, Jess, mother, Kathy and brothers Matt and Simon attended the match and the presentation. His sister, Gabrielle, came up from Canberra on one day, but could not stay for the presentation.

Tom Groth & family

Groth family members: Matt, Simon, Kathy, Tom and Jess.

Presenting the cap, Geoff Cook, Manager of the NSW Country Cricket team, said that Tom had contributed enormously to country cricket, especially Tamworth.  Geoff remembered when Tom Groth, a specialist wicketkeeper, moved to Sydney to play with the Eastern Suburbs Club.  His first game was against Mosman. “He was a skinny little bloke,” Geoff said.

He said that Tom had the gift of keeping others enthused.  “Wicketkeeper is the toughest job, but Tom was always up and ready to pay the next day,” he said.

Ten years ago, Tom was selected to play for NSW Country, and in that time, played nine Country Championships and one State League tour.

In 2011-12, Tom was named NSW Country Cricketer of the year.