Blewett: Angaston’s great cricketing export

Greg Blewett – the son of first class cricketer and Angaston A grade premiership captain Bob – is the only known Test cricketer to hail from the junior program at this famous Barossa Valley cricket club, which is enjoying its 150-year celebrations in the 2017-18 season.

“That’s where my cricket started,” Blewett, now the Redbacks and title-winning Adelaide Strikers fielding coach, said.

“Angaston is where I learnt my cricket and I regard it as my foundation cricket club.”

After being an outstanding junior sportsman and athlete in the Valley, Blewett moved back to the city in his teens and began a long and successful cricket career.

He would go on play 46 tests for his country, making a century on debut at Adelaide Oval against England in 1995.

He would follow that up with a century in his second test in Perth as well.

He also played 32 international one-day games for Australia and 232 first-class games, amassing more than 11,700 runs across nearly two decades.

Blewett was also an effective seam-up medium pace bowler collecting 140 first-class wickets.

“The highlights were certainly making a century on test debut along with the 214 where Steve (Waugh) and I batted for a day in Johannesburg,” Blewett said.

“Naturally I remember all the double centuries and the one at Adelaide Oval for South Australia was pretty special as well.

“Since my playing days I’ve been trying to combine both some work in the coaching field and media commitments.”

Blewett played for Australia during a golden era where the men in the Baggy Green caps dominated world cricket.

While he could bat anywhere in the order, Greg Blewett was generally considered an opening batsman, who was stylish at the crease and had a liking for the pull, hook and cut shots along with a cover drive.

Blewett was also an outstanding all round fieldsman, especially in the cover and mid-wicket region.

He was the 363rd player to receive the famous Australian Baggy Green as a test cricketer.

His father Bob, immediately before becoming the bank manager of the Savings Bank of SA in Angaston, played 25 first-class games for SA after debuting in his 30s.

Bob captained his state in a number of his first class appearances during the World Series era and also played in three one-day fixtures.

Greg’s late mother Shirley was also an outstanding sportswoman as well.

The Angaston Cricket will celebrate its 150th as a special dinner on April 7 at the Wanera Wine Bar.

The club is among a handful of clubs across SA including Brighton CC and Payneham CC from the Adelaide Turf competition and Berri CC from the Riverland celebrating this special milestone in the 2017-18 season.

Fellow Barossa and Light club, Kapunda turned 150 in the 2016-17 season.