#1 Warrick Folkard
The honour "Legend" is regarded as the supreme Lifetime Achievement award in Shires’ cricket. It is given for outstanding contributions outstanding contributions to Shires’ Cricket, both on and off the field of play.
On the 16th of May 2008, Warrick Folkard was inducted into the “Shires Legend” club, our first successfully nominated “legend”.
Warrick first played for the club in season 1976-77. He came to the club as an off-spinner who could bat a bit. After a modest first season in B Shires, he captained C Shires in 1977-78 and enjoyed a great batting season with 495 runs. The side was frustratingly beaten in the semi-final off the very last ball of the match when one of the last two for Auburn calmly hit the last two balls of the day for four. This disappointment was only tempered by the fact that no play was possible the following weekend and the side would have had no opportunity to win the flag regardless. That disappointment was off-set by being one of the members of the premiership-winning Second Grade side under Graeme Bleus in 1978-79, where his main role was that of opening batsman. This was the season of the “double success”, with Third Grade also winning the premiership. This was the greatest achievement in Macquarie’s twelve year history up to that time.
The grade “experiment” of 1979-85 began with Macquarie sides entered at Third and Fourth grade only, and with the Third Grade fixture delayed because of rain, Warrick had the honour of taking our first deliveries in Sydney Grade cricket, opening the batting in Fourth Grade against Balmain on Roger Sheeran Oval, and top-scored with a thirty in an underwhelming first-up team batting performance. He was enjoying his best batting season as an opener, with a 96 in Third Grade against Manly being a highlight, when he was assigned to Albury courtesy of the Education Department. He returned half way through the 1982-83 season. He captained Fourth Grade in the final Grade season of 1985-86. On return, he was elected President and served in this role till the end of the decade. During this tumultuous period, the club was faced with “returning” full time to Shires’ cricket and dealing with a number of players who left for Grade pastures. He was President when the club celebrated its twentieth anniversary, a major milestone in its development. He was a member of the first tour to the UK in 1990. He was a member of the initial First Grade side to play in a Grand Final in 1992-93, an agonizing five run loss but experienced the euphoria of victory in the club’s first, and to date, only, First Grade premiership in 1995-96, taking 24 wickets behind the opening bowling partnership of David Webb and Paul Notaras. The turn of the century saw him captaining the Second Grade Shires’ team. In 2005-06 he was a member of the Fourth Grade Shires’ premiership winning team and his final Shires’ season was in 2006-07, ending with Grand Final defeat in the last 15 minutes of the season after being undefeated all season. His association with the club was extended with participation in the Masters’ competition and success in the noughties was particularly impressive with four premierships and a run of 32 undefeated games. He picked up the Masters’ Most Wickets Award in 2008-09. He returned to the UK for the second time, this time with the Masters’ tour of 2013. Along the way, Warrick has played most games for the club, over 480 matches, and his off-spin bowling has taken the second highest number of wickets, in excess of 600.
On the sweep at Gwilliam Oval, Masters.