The brief ODI career of Glenn Trimble

I remember reading a cricket book years ago where a bunch of celebrities picked their all-time ODI XIs. Andrew Denton listed his, putting as his 12th man Glenn Trimble “because then maybe he’d feel a lot better about being Glenn Trimble.”

It was a funny phrase at the time, although time has passed, because probably only a random few (i.e. people reading this site) remember who Glenn Trimble is.

But in the late 80s and 90s, Trimble’s fame lingered in a sort of cult/camp comedy, as one of the least successful Australian players of all time.

Every generation has them, of course – players who get off to such a bad start that they become legend. In the 70s and 80s it was John Watkins, in the late 80s Chris Matthews, in the 90s Mick Lewis and Bryce McCain. You say the name to a cricket fan and he cackles wickedly.

We didn’t laugh so badly in Queensland, where Trimble was a favorite son – and son of a favorite son, being the offspring of legendary open hitter Sam Trimble, he made 10,282 first-class runs at 42 Tests and zero. (At one point, only Bradman had scored more Shield runs than Trimble).

Trimble Snr was a beloved figure among Southern conspiracy theorists who won’t pick us North of the Tweed, naturally stuck behind Bob Simpson, Bill Lawry, Keith Stackpole and Ian Redpath (he had his worst season, in 1967- 1968, just as Simmo retired) – then, less understandably, ignored for early 70s slabs despite the chronic lack of Chappelli-era openers.

We tried Ken Eastwood, Ashley Woodcock, Wally Edwards and Bruce Francis but not Trimble, just because he was old.

Trimble Jnr was born in 1963 and was a school wonderkid, being selected for the Australia Under-19 squad in 1982 and playing three “Tests” against the Pakistan U-19 team on tour, scoring 232 points to 46 year. His teammates included Mike Valetta, Craig McDermott and Bronco D’jura.

He made his first class debut in 1982-83 and became a cult favourite. He was young and exciting, and few Queensland batters fell into that category. There was Robbie Kerr, but they were fly-halfers who must have been boring in the days before Slater, and Greg Ritchie always felt middle-aged.

He became a regular in the 1983-84 season, specializing in the useful half-century rather than a hundred dads, as indicated by a first-class batting average of 33, but he was a practical contributor to a very strong Queensland side who had to play out of their skins to blast three Sheffield Shield finals in a row.

“Dad was a top player, a consolidation player,” Trimble said in the mid-1980s. “I’m a freer, easier-going player. I tend to play a lot more rash moves than he did before.

“Glenn Trimble could dismantle attacks,” recalled Phil Mooney, who played against him in quality cricket. “I remember having to cross Oxley Road to retrieve balls on more than a handful of occasions.”

Ken Healy said Trimble was one of his funniest and most talented teammates. “Glenn Trimble was always there. I saw him do things no one else could do both on and off the pitch.

Trimble’s career kicked into high gear during the summer of 1985-86. Australian cricket, already in a rebuilding phase, had lost 16 players to South Africa. Places were available in the national team.

During a game against the New Zealand team on tour, captain Allan Border asked Trimble for a bowl. Up to that date he had only bowled one first class in his career and was only an occasional bowler for his club South Brisbane.

Trimble took 2-0 in their first over.

The reports said “Trimble was mobbed by his teammates who did nothing to conceal their shock and amusement at his success.” He took four wickets for the match and made it 49 and 26 with the bat. “I always knew I could bowl, but nobody else did,” he said.

Trimble took 2-63 against South Australia and then took five wickets against Tasmania. He scored 75 and 41 and took two wickets against Victoria, then made 87 and took five wickets against South Australia.

It was something impressive and it was hard for the selectors to dismiss the romance of it all – the son of a legend, a young player, a heavy hitter and now a practical bowler… the future! In January 1986, Trimble was selected in Australia’s one-day squad as a replacement for David Hookes against the touring New Zealand side.

“I was thrilled, really didn’t expect it and laughed at a suggestion that I was even close,” Trimble said at the time.

“But dad phoned from his sports center to the Gabba and then ran off with a smile all over his face – it was on mine too. I guess I can now start thinking that some success and more hard work might get me to New Zealand in February or India later in the year. I certainly hope to be used at all levels because I would like to have a bowl for Australia.

Trimble made his ODI debut at the WACA Ground in Perth to bolster the batting, replacing David Gilbert in the 11 (Gilbert was named as the 12th man). “His hard-hitting style could stiffen the middle order,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald With a bit of luck.

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The game got off to a bad start for Trimble when he dropped a catch into Steve Waugh’s bowling gully. Then he received the ball as New Zealand were 4-61. His first delivery was a beam ball that Jeff Crowe fended off for two runs. The second, another full throw, was dropped by goaltender Wayne Phillips and declared a draw.

The third ball was a full pitch that was hit for four. Part of the crowd started booing Trimble. “I’m not entirely sure what’s going on,” Tony Greig said. “I feel a bit sorry for him, he obviously feels a bit tense. For some reason he keeps throwing these huge full throws.

Trimble played four overs in all, conceding 32 runs, again being dropped, a complete keeper. “For some reason every time Glenn Trimble comes bowling the quality of cricket becomes almost ridiculous,” said the New Zealand commentator.

He then hit at 8 and was not out on 0, facing three balls, surviving a call to LBW from the bowling of Richard Hadlee. Australia won the match by three wickets. the herald reported that Trimble’s “potential cannot be fairly judged based on this nerve-wracking early performance”. But it will go down as his most famous cricketing achievement.

You can watch the highlights below.

Trimble was named the 12th man for Australia’s next game against India but was called up for the following game against New Zealand in Adelaide, replacing fellow Queenslander Greg Ritchie.

Trimble hit at No. 4, scoring a boundary on the first delivery, before being caught by Richard Hadlee’s bowling on the next ball. He didn’t go bowling. New Zealand won the game by 206 points!

Trimble was then dropped, replaced by Dean Jones.

To his great credit he recovered taking 5-50 against Tasmania and he finished the summer with 605 runs at 37.81 and 29 wickets at 26.17. This included 112 in the Sheffield Shield final which Queensland came close to winning.

Australian test selectors Lawrie Sawle, Greg Chappell, Dick Guy and Jim Higgs awarded Trimble a 12-week Esso Fellowship to England in the winter of 1986 with Mark Waugh, Keith Bradshaw and Denis Hickey.

Trimble was still very present in “the conversation” at the beginning of the summer of 1986-87. However, he did not bowl in the early McDonalds Cup matches due to a muscle spasm in his back, and he had a recurring sciatic nerve problem which required him to stop bowling.

So while he made 562 points at 37.46 this season, he barely bowled, taking 0-63. Indeed, Trimble took just one more first-class wicket for the rest of his nursing staff – and his batting results weren’t strong enough to get sidelined for that alone.

Trimble had a decent 1987-88 (660 first-class runs at 36.66 including a century in one session in a game), playing in another unsuccessful Shield final that summer (his fourth). He was dropped from the Queensland side in 1988-89, returned to the team and was dropped for good in 1989-90.

What about Glenn Trimble’s career? State good player – if Queensland had crossed the finish line in one of these Shield finals, they would be considered a legend. If injury hadn’t stopped him from bowling, he would have had another shot at international level.

Is it better to have played two forgettable ODI games or none? You would have to ask him. But I never laughed at you, Glenn!