J.C. Bulbulia Wicket keeper

Plays for Bailey Park
Age: 33
Left-hand batsman
Right-arm off spin bowler

Season 26-40

Captain: Season 33-40

Statistics

  • FC: Season 31-40, 140 matches, 10,090 runs @ 39.7, 339 catches, 43 stumpings
  • OD: Season 31-40, 140 matches, 2,616 runs @ 28.7, 94 catches, 14 stumpings
  • 2nd XI: Season 26-38, 91 matches, 2,746 runs @ 41.6, 79 catches, 13 stumpings

Championships

  • 2 x CC Oceania 50 Over: Season 35, 37

Club Honours

  • 1 x FC Most Runs: Season 35
  • 1 x OD Best and Fairest: Season 34

An ultra-consistent opening batsman and tidy gloveman, Bulbulia is one of the success stories of the Green Valley Eagles' production line of wicketkeepers. The South African southpaw played 140 consecutive games for the Eagles across the decade from season 31 to season 40, captaining the club in the last 112 of those before departing on a high. His 1,062 runs at 48 in his last season included a century in his final game, during the course of which he became the ninth Eagle - and first for 14 seasons - to reach 10,000 career runs. His batting average of just under 40 is the highest of any Eagle to reach that mark.

After finding his way to the club early in his career, Bulbulia served a long apprenticeship under his predecessor J.B. Drake, just as Drake and those before him had done the same. By the age of 22, he had put together four successive seasons of averaging over 40 in the 2nd XI, and won a spot in the side ahead of Drake (fresh off a championship year with the gloves) a long time before most had expected. Any reservations over the Eagles' decision to release Drake quickly evaporated when, on debut, Bulbulia smashed the powerful Billy Goats to the tune of 206, and continued on his merry way to a 1,143-run, 46-dismissal season.

Bulbulia retained consistent numbers throughout his career, breaking the 1,000-run mark five further times (seasons 34-36 and 39-40) and reaching 40 dismissals in seasons 33 and 35, although his debut number remained his best. His batting was his more lauded trait and was hampered only by an unusually poor conversion rate for an opener: he passed fifty 72 times in his career for the Eagles but only made it to 100 a quarter of the time. His glovework was unspectacular but solid, and he adapted late in his career to frequently keeping to a bowling attack of primarily spinners, making more stumpings - 43 - than any of the Eagles' wicketkeepers before him.

Bulbulia could have played on into season 41, but chose to give up the gloves to his own long-time understudy, D.T. Thresher (who promptly emulated him with a remarkable debut season). He subsequently transferred to Wendouree City, where he is likely to play out his career.

Statistics

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Debut
21 Feb 2017 Green Valley Eagles vs Billy Goats
Last match
07 Jul 2020 Bailey Park vs Aravind Super XI

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Season 9174809191*62.2362.232411502320
Career 155299221112923140.1856.87572213149375450

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAvgEcoSR4w5w10w
Season 9000-----000
Career 155000-----000
Debut
07 Nov 2018 Green Valley Eagles vs 0 Circle Champs
Last match
07 Nov 2018 Green Valley Eagles vs 0 Circle Champs

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Career 120523126.0052.000070600

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAvgEcoSR4w5w10w
Career 1000-----000
Debut
25 Sep 2015 Gujranwala Gorillas vs Moth Eaten CC
Last match
08 Jun 2020 Jatt Empire vs Pitch Smashers

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Season 5502038640.6095.3120240100
Career 10087162962136*41.72102.172423422185140

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIAvgEcoSR4w5w
Season 5000----00
Career 100000----00
Debut
26 Feb 2017 Dockeroos vs Green Valley Eagles
Last match
06 Jul 2020 Bailey Park vs Jamaican Rum Runners

Batting

MatInnNORunsHSAvgSR501004s6sCtStRO
Season 11111549164*54.90103.58326601100
Career 165143313470164*30.9888.7515434812123140

Bowling

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIAvgEcoSR4w5w
Season 11000----00
Career 165000----00

Recent matches

Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Competition Date
110, 13, 1c, potm Bailey Park v Aravind Super XI First class 07 Jul 2020
100, 1c, potm Bailey Park v Jamaican Rum Runners One day (50 over) 06 Jul 2020
164*, 1c, potm Bailey Park v The UnBeatable One day (50 over) 05 Jul 2020
66, 3c Bailey Park v Assam Rhinos XI First class 30 Jun 2020
3 Bailey Park v Bögra starz One day (50 over) 29 Jun 2020
10 Bailey Park v West Torrens cc One day (50 over) 27 Jun 2020
8, 70*, 1s Pitch Smashers v The Muppets First class 16 Jun 2020
17, 1c Pitch Smashers v Slater Road CC One day (50 over) 14 Jun 2020
8, 34*, 4c Pitch Smashers v Demolition Squad First class 09 Jun 2020
22 Pitch Smashers v Jatt Empire Friendly (50 over) 08 Jun 2020