Full Name: Tom Bailey Sargeant
Playing Role: Right Hand Top Order Batsmen, Off-Spin Bowler
Major Teams: Penrith Cricket Club 3rd & 4th Grade (Sydney Premier Cricket 3rd & 4th Grade), Penrith AW Green Sheild (Selected when I was both U15s and U16s), NSW Cricket Academy U15s, NSW CHS Team U16s
Entry Route: Entry Via Ancestry
– Named in Penrith’s AW Green Sheild Team in both the 2012/13 & 2013/14 Season
– Named Captain of the AW Green Sheild Team in the 2013/14 Season
– Named Captain of Penrith Junior representative Cricket EG Weblin Shield Team (Under 16s)
– Part of an undefeated Metropolitan Cup Premier Winning Team
– Member of the Club Championship winning club at Penrith (2015/16)
– 2 Time Metropolitan Cup Player of the Year (Trophy won by many cricketers who have moved on to higher honours such as Jordan Silk)
– Selected in the NSW Academy Under 15s
– Selected in the NSW CHS team to play state tournament
– Selected in the Sydney West Opens Team
– On Fourth Grade Debut scored 74, the only batsmen in the top 4 to pass 5 against a Quality St. George Opposition
– Captained Penrith’s AW Green Shield to a Final’s Position, something that hadn’t been achieved in past season’s.
– Named in Penrith’s Elite academy for players with potential under 20 years old (2015/16 & 2016/17)
– Part of a small squad (8) led by Kevin Geyer for young Batsmen with potential (2016/17)
– One of only 3 players in my age group to maintain a position in the 1st Rep side (DCA) for the duration of the junior years – U10s to U16s
Tom started playing cricket at the young age of 7 and began to love the game from then on. Tom’s game started to really develop when he was selected in the U10 representative 1st team, and with some good coaching and an increased training amount was able to start to develop a solid batting technique and bowling technique. From the age of 7 – 15 Tom played for his local club Glenbrook/Blaxland, consistently playing an age group above for his whole Junior club cricket career. During the U14s Rep season Tom tried his luck in trialling for Penrith Grade Cricket and was lucky enough to play a few games as a Keeper/Batsmen. During this season he was also selected to take part in next season’s NSW Academy & in the 2012/13 year was able to solidify his Spot in 6th Grade (Metropolitan Cup) and play finals cricket as a 15 year old, batting 6 and keeping.
Tom Has stayed loyal to all the clubs he has played for and has trained extremely hard to develop a batting technique that can bat on any kind of surface and bat in any position in the top order. Along with his will to train extremely Hard Tom was selected for many captaincy roles during his junior years and was able to lead a team and coordinate bowling and fielding positions from the age of 14. Tom has batted in all positions in the Top order, in the 2014/15 Season, being asked to fill an opening spot, and with success was able to play in both the 5th and 6th Grade Penrith Cricket Club Teams. Naturally though, Tom is a 3 or 4 Batsmen and after this year was moved back to his Habitual position at 3.
From a very young age Tom was an exceptional fielder, winning the fielder of the year on several occasions in junior reps. It is also a joke that in the U10s reps Tom was picked as a specialist fieldsman, as his batting was not yet great and he was not ever called upon to bowl. Although, he did take upon the gloves for a few seasons, the covers is the positions Tom most prefers in the field and always puts in 100% effort to cut off runs and pull off a few runouts.
Tom’s bowling hasn’t had much of an opportunity with Grade Captain’s favouring their specialist spinners, although the 1st Grade Captain has earmarked Tom as the young spinner with the most potential at the club.
Off the field Tom is an extremely polite and bubbly character who is very easy to get along with, extending an extremely helpful and giving misdemeanour.
At the start of this season my goals were to score 500 runs this season, as well as solidifying a spot in 3rd grade and play 2nd grade at some point during the season and to become a member of the Poidevin Gray Shield Squad. After 8 rounds I have played majority of the season in 3rd grade and am pushing for selection in the PG’s squad with a number of 1st and 2nd Grade batsmen currently holding the batting positions. Currently my goals are to hold my spot in 3rd grade and hope to play finals cricket in 3rd Grade and to make my debut for the PG’s team. It has been a goal also for a number of years to play cricket overseas in England, as I believe it would be an extremely beneficial and enjoyable experience. Im keen to learn from as many people as I can and with my hard working attitude I believe a stint abroad will be able to improve me as a player and experiencing English life will also be awesome.
Statistics (last 3 years):
(Season) Mts Inns No Runs HS Ave
2014/15 15 17 4 414 107 31.8
2015/16 14 15 0 255 74 17
2016/17 8 7 2 171 50 34.2
(Season) Mts Overs Runs Wkts BB Ave
2014/15 15 39 104 6 2-28 17.3
To Whom It May Concern
I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom Sargeant for the past ten years mainly through our mutual involvement in the game of cricket. This relationship first started when Tom was a young boy attending cricket coaching clinics that I co-ordinated in the Penrith area. Today (and for the past several seasons), Tom plays cricket for the Penrith Cricket Club where I hold the position of Club Coach. I have also had a lot of contact with Tom through his participation in several junior representative teams that I coached and Tom was a player.
Tom is held in very high regard at the Penrith Cricket Club, both by his fellow players and also by members of the coaching staff. Apart from being an outstanding young cricketer with lots of potential he has a lot of personal traits and characteristics that will hold him in good stead in the future. He always displays a very positive attitude, tremendous work ethic, demonstrates dedication toward his game and is a natural leader amongst his peers. Two seasons ago Tom was selected as captain of our A.W. Green Shield Under 16 team which progressed to the semi- finals. Tom did a splendid job as captain where he demonstrated a lot of maturity and poise.
During this season Tom has also assisted with coaching at a number of junior cricket coaching clinics organized by Cricket NSW and the Penrith Cricket Club. These programs have been hugely successful, mainly through the involvement of young men like Tom. He did an outstanding job. He developed an excellent rapport with the young boys and girls participating in these programs and proved to be a great role model. He demonstrated a very mature attitude toward his coaching and was always reliable, punctual and well presented.
As a person Tom is a young man of very strong character. He is honest, hardworking, trustworthy and reliable. He has a very keen sense of humour and “gets along” very well with everyone at the club, both younger and older members alike. Tom is certainly a very talented young man whom I am sure will enjoy a successful future both on and off the cricket field.
Michael Wholohan B.Ed
Penrith Cricket Club Head Coach