He has kept stats on some of the biggest names in the cricket world, including West Indies legend Brian Lara and Australian great Allan Border.
But Thomas Lowrey’s statistics are pretty remarkable as well.
The long-time SACA volunteer scorer has been awarded an OAM for his major contribution to the Australian cricket community over 52 years – and an incredible 1120 matches.
Known for his accuracy and fastidious attention to detail, Lowrey went above and beyond in providing valuable charts and statistics for use by captains and coaches over generations spanning from community cricket to the Test arena.
His scoresheets and charts have been used in many Test cricketers’ biographies and other publications.
He has spent countless hours producing charts as personal mementos for players and for official presentations including Wayne Phillips’ unbeaten 213 in his 462-run stand with David Hookes against Tasmania in 1986-87, Border’s Test-best 205 against New Zealand in 1987 and Lara’s 226 at Adelaide Oval in 2005 that lifted him ahead of Border as the highest runscorer in Test cricket.
Lowrey’s nomination for the award was supported by SACA president Andrew Sinclair, former Test star Phillips, SA Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association president Craig Thomas, Prospect District Cricket Club colleague Peter Crossing and co-patrons D’Arcy Walsh and Glen Uzzell.
“The breadth and depth of his involvement in service to cricket for Prospect and South Australia is unique. So, too, is the manner in which he has gone about it. He is a most worthy consideration as a recipient of an Australian honours award,” said Crossing.
Lowrey’s involvement in cricket beyond scoring has included titles of management committeeman, assistant secretary, club historian and he played a major role in maintaining and preserving official documentation of committee meetings and player records – a valued contributor in preserving the history of the Prospect club.
After playing a handful of games at a low level, Lowrey started out with a handful of seasons scoring in lower Turf Cricket Association and district cricket grades. He reached A-grade level in 1968, where he scored for a remarkable 47 seasons. His role of cricket scorer was extended to recording all Sheffield Shield and international matches at Adelaide Oval.
In 2000 Lowrey was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australian Sports Medal. In 2012, he was awarded Honorary Services Rendered Membership. He received a Citizenship Award from the Prospect Council (SA) for his community involvement in 2014 and the following year he was awarded the inaugural Bucket-Hammond Trophy by SACUSA for his services to the cricket community. It was almost getting hard to keep score of all the awards. But they were thoroughly deserved.
Lowrey is presented with the Sports Volunteer Award by Ian McLachlan in 2000.
Record of involvement with Prospect District Cricket Club
|1963–1964||A6 grade ATCA Scorer|
|1964–1968||C grade SACA Scorer|
|1968–2015||A grade SACA Scorer|
|1972–2012||SACA State and Test Scorer|
|1978–2017||PDCC Club historian|
|1984||SACUA Cricket Umpires Course (passed)|
|1985||Life member PDCC|
|1985–1994||Assistant secretary, member management committee|
|2000–2006||Assistant secretary, member management committee|
|2001||Awarded Australian Sports Medal 2000|
|2008–2017||Assistant secretary, member management committee|
|2004–2017||Editor Annual Report|
|2012||SACA Honorary Services Rendered Membership|
|2014||Prospect Council Citizenship Award|
|2015||SACUSA Bucket-Hammond Award|
In total, to the end of 2014-15, Tom has scored 1262 days of club cricket.
|1964-65 to 1967-68||SACA C grade||48|
|1968-69||SACA C grade||2|
|1968-69 to 2014-15||SACA A grade||516|
|1968-69 to 1974-75||SACA A grade one-day (40 overs)||17|
|1985-86 to 2014-15||SACA A grade one-day (50 overs)||78|
|1985-86 to 2008-09||SACA Other one-day matches||3|
|2004-05 to 2008-09||SACA Twenty20 matches||9|
|2008-09||SACA veterans’ Twenty20 matches||1|
|2008-09||SACA women’s C grade matches||2|
1972 to 2012 – Tom was SACA scorer for all State and Test matches at Adelaide Oval and many other games. In total Tom scored 433 SACA/Australian Cricket Board/Cricket Australia games.
168 Sheffield Shield
71 One-day internationals
98 Domestic one-dayers
22 International matches
34 Test matches
1 Women’s Test match
10 Australia A matches
4 World Cup matches
2 Second XI matches
2 Under-19 Test matches
1 Under-19 Youth International
8 Domestic Twenty20 matches
2 Women’s Twenty20 matches
3 SA 2nd XI Twenty20 matches
7 Other SACA/ACB matches
In total, to the end of the 2014-15 season, Tom scored 1120 official cricket matches over 52 years.
Thomas Lowrey’s chart for Brian Lara’s double-hundred at Adelaide Oval in 2005 and David Hookes’ chart and Hookes/Phillips’ scoresheet against Tasmania at Adelaide Oval in 1986-87.
Wayne Phillips’ chart against Tasmania at Adelaide Oval in 1986-87.