Jimmy Campbell Surges Past 300 First Grade Wickets for the Bears

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On track to his five wicket haul against Parramatta in round 12, James Campbell became only the eighth player to take 300 first grade wickets for the Bears. To date, Jimmy has claimed 302 wickets at 26.06 in the top flight with 11 five-wicket innings and a best of 6/24 against Sydney University this season. Now a veteran of 187 first grade matches, Jimmy is ageing like a fine wine, with 27 wickets at 19.07 this season.

A Bear to his bootstraps, James has played for the club for as long as he has owned whites, coming through our juniors to make his AW Green Shield debut in 2006/07. After taking 9 wickets in the final of the Bears’ storied 2010/11 second grade premiership (achieved by reverse outright over rivals, Gordon), Jimmy made his first grade debut in 2010/11, earning cap 624.

Jimmy quickly established himself in the top grade, taking 6/63 in his first innings and 9 wickets overall in his debut match against UNSW. Jimmy hasn't looked back since, terrorising the competition with his incisive new ball spells. In 2019/20, Jimmy's form earned him a recall to the NSW second XI after a seven year absence.

Jimmy also holds a club batting record. In 2012/13, he and Nic Bills combined to put on 156 for the final wicket against Bankstown, setting the new benchmark. Jimmy also passed 1000 first grade runs this season with a career record of 1009 runs at 15.52.

A two-time winner of the Access RnD Bradman Medal and a member of the club's "Team of the 2010s", Jimmy continues to rise up the ranks of the club's all-time first grade wicket takers. His career is an inspiration to the scores of junior Bears who take the park each weekend.

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