Renowned for their accuracy and detail, Lowrey’s records and charts provided invaluable information for generations of captains and coaches, spanning from community cricket all the way to the Test arena.
His scoresheets and charts have been used in numerous Test cricketers’ biographies and other official cricket publications, and have been included in personal mementos for notable performances such as Allan Border’s famous double century in Adelaide against New Zealand, and Brian Lara’s record-breaking knock that saw him become Test cricket’s highest-ever run scorer.
Lowrey’s nomination for the award has been supported by SACA President Andrew Sinclair, Test cricketer Wayne Phillips, SA Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association President Craig Thomas, co-patrons D’Arcy Walsh and Glen Uzzell and Prospect District Cricket Club colleague Peter Crossing,
“The breadth and depth of Thomas’s involvement in service of cricket for Prospect and South Australia is absolutely unique, as is the manner he has gone about it,” said Crossing.
“He is a most worthy consideration as a recipient of an Australian Honours Award.”
Lowrey’s involvement in cricket has also included Management Committee Member, Assistant secretary, Club Historian and he played a major role in maintaining and preserving official documentation of committee meeting and player records – a valued contributor in preserving the history of the club.
After playing a handful of games at community level, Lowrey embarked upon a scoring career that would last over 1000 matches at all levels of the game.
In 2000 Lowry was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Australian Sports Medal, and in 2012 received a South Australian Cricket Association Honorary Membership (Services Rendered) Award.
He received a Citizenship Award from the Prospect Council (SA) for his community involvement in 2014 and the following year he was awarded the inaugural Bucket-Hammond Trophy by SACUSA for his services to the cricket community.
Header image: Lowrey is presented with the Sports Volunteer Award by Ian McLachlan in 2000.