Former Tasmanian all-rounder Peter Faulkner has today been inducted into the Tasmanian Cricket Field of Fame at Blundstone Arena.
Faulkner, an all-rounder for Tasmania from 1982-1990, was a right-handed batsman and and a right arm medium/fast bowler from Launceston who debuted for Tasmania in 1980/81 in a McDonald’s Cup game against Western Australia, top scoring with 45.
Faulkner made his First-Class debut in 1982/83 vs Victoria and played his last match for Tasmania on January 22nd, 1990 vs South Australia.
In 1984/85 he was selected in the Prime Ministers XI vs West Indies and was selected in the Australian One Day Squad for the World Championship of Cricket. He was later named in the Australian under 25 squad to tour Zimbabwe (but signed to play on the tour of South Africa and was replaced in squad by David Gilbert).
He played two unofficial Tests in South Africa in 1985/86 and 1986/87 then resumed playing for Tasmania.
Faulkner said he was deeply honoured to be inducted into the Field of Fame alongside some Tasmanian legends.
"It's truly an honour and something I'm very proud of," Faulkner said.
" I look at the names that have been inducted before me and it's quite humbling."
After his playing career finished Peter became a Tasmanian selector in 1993/94 and progressed to Chairman of Selectors in 1996/97 and continued as a selector until 2007/08.
In his time as a selector, Tasmania competed in four Sheffield Shield Finals, winning the state’s first ever title in 2006/07 and winning the One Day competition in 2004/05, as well as being runners up in 2006/07 in the then KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.
"As a selector I had a reputation of speaking my mind but I always stood by what was right for Tasmanian cricket," Faulkner said.
Faulkner then joked with the audience and said that one of his son's goals now should now also to be inducted in the 'Field'.
Peter’s son James of course is now a current well-known cricketer for Tasmania and Australia having been named Man of the Match in Australia’s 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup victory.
"I'm sure his major career aim is to be inducted into the 'Field of Fame' somewhere down the track. It would be fantastic to be the first Father/Son combination and I hope I'm here to see that!"
Peter Faulkner Statistics
First Class Matches: 54 matches, 2115 runs, HS 109, BB 5-49, 2x100s and 11x50s
One Day Matches: 27 matches, 353 runs, HS 45, BB 3-42
Australian One Day Matches: 11 matches, 173 runs, HS 45, 7 wickets
Field of Fame Selection Criteria
Selection Panel: Alan Carey (Convenor), Bruce Doolan, Kel Cobern.
Selection of players and or teams since Tasmania’s entrance into the Sheffield Shield ie. 1977-78.
-Initial selection: 12 players
- The selection of the 12 players does not have to replicate a team
-consider a break of 2 years after the initial selection of 12
-Maximum addition of two players er year or an outstanding team after the initial selection
-Players do not have to be retired to be considered
Areas to consider strongly:
-A player’s individual performance, influence on/contribution to Tasmanian cricket
-A teams outstanding performance or the historical significance of a particular team
-A player’s career span
-A player’s contributions to their Captaincy
-A player’s contribution to the game after retirement
-No set statistical benchmarks