QUEANBEYAN District Cricket Club president Peter Solway has been inducted into one of local sport’s most exclusive clubs after being made a life member of Cricket ACT.
Solway was announced as the organisation’s latest life member alongside Greg Irvine at Cricket ACT’s annual general meeting last Friday.
The master top-order batsman was recognised for his significant contribution to cricket across the border which includes a playing career spanning 183 games for the ACT.
He is the only player to have played more than 150 games for the territory.
Solway has also coached numerous ACT junior and senior sides as well as serving as ACT chairman of selectors for seven seasons.
Humble in accepting the honour, Solway pointed his Prime Minister’s XI appearance in 1994 against South Africa as the highlight of a distinguished career.
The master top-order batsman also looked back fondly on his time with the Comets in the then-top tier of Australian domestic competition – the Mercantile Mutual Cup competition – in the late 90s.
“There have been a lot of good moments but probably playing the Prime Minister’s XI game stands out,” Solway said. “That was a good day playing with some pretty decent cricketers.
“The whole journey we had with the ACT in the Mercantile Mutual Cup as well. The three years we had in that we had 18 games and I think I played in all of them so that was a pretty cool time in ACT Cricket.”
Solway’s club career includes 269 first grade games for Queanbeyan, ANU and Eastlake scoring nearly 10,000 runs with a top score of 339.
He also played in seven two-day premierships, was selected in the Australian Country XI four times, represented the ACT at four under-16s/under-19s championships as well as captaining the ACT at a senior level in 42 matches.
Solway is currently in his third year as president of the QDCC, of which he is also a life member.
Patron of the QDCC and Cricket ACT life member himself Ian McNamee spoke of Solway’s achievements both on and off the field upon his induction to the exclusive club.
“I think it’s very important to note that Pete was involved in the club committee [at Queanbeyan] as well from a very early age and won several clubmen awards while still playing,” McNamee said.
“There are very few cricketers of his calibre who have devoted as much time to the operation of the sport they’re involved in. Certainly to the degree that he has I think is unique.”