Fairfield Liverpool's stalwart scoreboard engineer Barry Schuberg nears 100 games

Cricket tragic: Barry Schuberg at Rosedale Oval. This Saturday marks game 98 turning the numbers. Picture: Simon Bennett
Cricket tragic: Barry Schuberg at Rosedale Oval. This Saturday marks game 98 turning the numbers. Picture: Simon Bennett

The man who turns the numbers every week is about to reach a pretty significant numeric milestone of his own.

Glenfield's Barry Schuberg- aka the scoreboard man - is on the verge of scoring his 100th game for Fairfield Liverpool at Rosedale Oval.

All things going to plan, the stalwart scoreboard engineer will reach his century in first grade's final round match against Western Suburbs on March 13.

The "cricket tragic" started out as a spectator and over the past seven years has become an integral member of the club and updates the board for first grade and second grade each week.

"As a kid growing up I was fascinated with Test match cricket and loved scoreboards. I never thought I'd be on the scoreboard," he said.

"I was never a great cricket player, but I just love the game of cricket and started coming down to watch.

"I never thought I'd get to 100 games. It's something that I will cherish."

It's been a bumpy ride to get to the magical three figures. The 63-year-old had to take last year off after undergoing major surgery after he was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer.

But with his health improving, he returned to his trusty seat on the scoreboard (which sometimes gets a breeze on the hot days) and he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I get keen for it. I look forward to the games. I get there an hour early," he said.

"The players and umpires are all great. You have to concentrate a lot. I check the scorebook quite regularly, especially at the end of the game when the players are looking for it. Just recently a second grade was decided off the last ball."

Fairfield Liverpool life member Doug Williams gave the "cricket tragic" the chance to go up the scoreboard after he became a regular at the ground as a spectator and helping out marking the wicket and sweeping the pitch (which he still does during the lunch breaks).

"He wasn't confident going up there at first. We took him up there and showed him how to do it and it is not easy because it's not an electronic scoreboard and you have to mark every number differently," Williams said.

"He couldn't quite grasp it , so we unscrewed one of the numbers and he took it home and he practised and practised and he was perfect after a week.

"He has become quite proficient at it and carries a counter and updates it at the end of every over. I know the players really appreciate it."

As you can imagine, Barry knows all the facts and figures and is hoping to be on the scoreboard during a Lions finals game this season and is cheering on a drought-breaking first grade title.

And as for a favourite player?

"I couldn't pick one out. They are all wonderful people and getting to meet lots of people has been great. My health is going pretty good so I hopefully I can stay on the scoreboard because I just love it."