Newcastle District Cricket Association: Toronto wicketkeeper Jeremy Ford claims club championship crown every season since 2011-2012

STREAK: Kookaburras wicketkeeper Jeremy Ford (second from left) has just collected a sixth straight Newcastle District Cricket Association club championship, the last two being with current side Toronto. Picture: David Stewart
STREAK: Kookaburras wicketkeeper Jeremy Ford (second from left) has just collected a sixth straight Newcastle District Cricket Association club championship, the last two being with current side Toronto. Picture: David Stewart

It seems like wherever Jeremy Ford goes the club championship follows.

The relationship certainly isn’t that simple, but the Cameron Park 25-year-old has certainly enjoyed the six-summer ride.

For the last two seasons Ford has been the first grade wicketkeeper at Toronto, who wrapped up their second straight Newcastle District Cricket Association title following the weekend’s final round.

The five previous campaigns he donned the gloves in various grades at Merewether, including triumphs across all three primary formats in 2011-2012 as well as the SCG Country Cup the following year, and was part of the Lions’ four consecutive club crowns.

Ford, who made his top grade debut at Cardiff-Boolaroo in 2009-2010 after playing juniors at Glendale Edgeworth, Warners Bay and Southern Lakes, said he was proud of the recent silverware streak.

“I’ve been quite fortunate to be in some quality sides and some quality clubs as part of that achievement,” he said.

“Those two clubs set out their goals at the start of the season and number one is the club championship.”

Now, after winning a low-scoring reduced overs affair by six runs against Waratah-Mayfield at Waratah Oval on Saturday to secure a top four spot, Ford and Toronto’s first XI will push for a major premiership once more.

The University of Newcastle student, studying his third year of primary school teaching, will take his place behind the stumps for the Kookaburras in this weekend’s semi-final away against Hamilton-Wickham at Passmore Oval.

The same opponents met at the same stage 12 months ago with Toronto winning the first innings on day one after bowling Hamwicks out for 43 at No.1 Sportsground, only to lose outright by three wickets in the penultimate over on day two.  

“It was one of the most bizarre games of cricket I’ve ever been involved in,” Ford said. 

“Semi-finals are a totally different game and anything can happen on the day, which we unfortunately found out last year.

“But we’ve worked hard to make it back here and it would be nice to get one step further this time.”

The Kookaburras have done so minus the likes of NSW Country representatives Joe Price and Greg Hunt with Ford not only overcoming doubts, but mid-season surgery on a broken finger, to be in the mix.

Ford said Toronto would take a relatively unchanged side into the play-offs with recalled batsman Josh Westwood coming in for Corey Brown after scoring an unbeaten century in seconds last start.  

Meanwhile, Hamwicks skipper Josh Trappel said his side would be at full strength.