Sam Coates hangs up the gloves
Date of Event : Wed Mar 8, 2017 9:31PM
Sam Coates takes the edge off Nathan McNally for his final dismissal.

Champion keeper Sam Coates has announced his retirement from Premier Cricket.


The end of an era and a distinguished career record that will surely stand alone for many years to come.


That's the legacy that Sam Coates will leave behind as he hangs up his gloves and steps down as first eleven keeper and acting captain.


Paul Amy writes eloquently about Sam's career in an interview with Bryce McGain and is a 'must read' insight into a career that spans 10 seasons spread over 13 years from 2004/05 through to 2016/17.


Not one to put himself ahead of the team, Sam rates the 2011/12 One-Day and Twenty20 Premierships as highlights of his time at Prahran.


He considers himself fortunate to have played with the likes of Chris Rogers, David Hussey, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Jason Arnberger, Jon Moss, Bryce McGain and Julian Wiener amongst many others he will not name for fear of missing someone out.


"The club has given me far more than I could ever give in return" said Sam who hopes to continue some future involvement with the club whenever he can, possibly with the Past Players Team.


He may have his hands full for a while though as along with youngster Harvey, he and partner Emma are expecting their second child soon.


On behalf of all True Blues players, officials and supporters we wish them well and consider ourselves fortunate to have shared an outstanding career.



Sam's record speaks for itself and is documented below:


 Career  2004/05 - 2016/17   
 Seasons  10   
 Matches   186  10th highest in Prahran club history
 Innings   165  
 Not outs  36 
 Runs  2,755 
 Highest score  145  
 Average  21.03 
 100s  4 
 50s  9 
 Catches 269 Includes one catch as a fielder
 Stumpings 63 
 Wicket keeping dismissals  331 A club record
 Matches as captain 83 3rd highest in club history


In addition, Sam hold numerous club records and awards:

  • Club record for wicket keeping dismissals - 331
  • Club captain in 83 matches, 3rd in club history behind Dav Whatmore (141) and Bruce Murray (90)
  • 7th wicket club partnership record of 234 with Stephen Seymour
  • 8th wicket club partnership record of 222 with Stephen Seymour
  • 9th wicket club partnership record of 108 with Bryce McGain
  • Multiple recipient of the Stan Stephens Memorial Trophy for First Eleven Fielding
  • Holder of the club record for most dismissals in a season with 47 in 2013/14 (also holds 2nd place with 46 dismissals in 2012/13, 3rd place with 38 dismissals in 2014/15, 4th place with 37 dismissals in 2015/16 and 7th place with 32 dismissals in 2008/09)
  • Equal holder of club record for most keeping dismissals in an innings  - 6 (a record he equalled in his last match.


103 not out vs Melbourne, November 2014

Last updated: Wednesday March 8, 2017 9:44PM
Author: Nigel Hutton

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