The Boxing Day Test Dec. 2007 against India Stuart jumped to No. 2 on the ICC's Test bowling rankings-
Stuart enjoyed a boost after collecting match figures of 5 for 48 against India and he now sits ahead of Makhaya Ntini and Brett Lee at the top of the fast-bowling list. It has been a rapid rise for Clark, who had 59 wickets at 19.33. -Courtesy – Cricket INFO
Stuart’s genes are from two well known Anglo-Indian sporting families from South India, Madras & Kolar Gold fields, namely. “The Clarks & Booseys” . He is completing a Masters degree in commerce
Stuart experienced a dream start as the Player of the Series with 20 wickets at 15.75. A gamble for the first game at Cape Town, he collected his baggy green and earned his side a victory with 5 for 55 and 4 for 34.
His home welcome was equally impressive as he helped up-end England early, he picked up 26 wickets. After recovering from an elbow injury he is now with the Aussies "Ashes" touring team in the UK endeavouring to regain his bowling spot. Stuart is recorded as the Australian bowler with the quickest first 50 wickets in test cricket..
Neil D’ Costa (Super Coach) (honing the skills of Australia Test prospect Phil Hughes)
Neil D’ Costa, a Proud Anglo Indian, spent his formative years in Madras, he debuted as a first grade cricketer in Sydney with the Patrician Bros Fairfield, at the early age of 17 years and then to represent Western Suburbs DCC whilst doing a degree in sports science. A Proud Anglo Indian, Neil is Courageous, outspoken and he can deliver.
The Son of Laurie & Cecilia D’ Costa from Madras, Neil is closely supported by his family and closely monitored by members of ARAIA who are proud of him and watch with baited breath his progress.
His first love was coaching, at the age of 19 and by 1995 inevitably moved as head coach for West’s, the latter leading the lst grade batting averages and the team being minor premiers. He then moved to northern district CC also as head coach for 4 years and won 2 premierships and a club championship as coach. In 2006 he joined the ‘John Singleton Group’ before then selling his shares in management and starting his own Academy, “The D’ Costa Cricket Academy”.
Neil D’Costa’s Stars .
Neil discovered and developed Australian leading batsmen both Michael Clarke and Philip Hughes and in time also forged the careers of many first grade cricketers such as Michael Starc, NSW , Matthew Day and John Rogers, Tasmania , Vusi Sibanda, Zimbabwe and Nicholas Compton, Middlesex (grandson of D Compton).
Disillusioned with the lack of opportunities and recognition in Australia, he has moved to India on assignment as Head Coach at the prestigious Nagpur's cricket academy.
It is believed Neil will join hands with Viv Richards and David Gower in Nagpur to hone the skills of youngsters. It is also learnt that Neil has also been approached by an agent in England, who is looking into the possibility of a coaching job at Middlesex.
Masters Hockey International Tournament.
Receives award from Sharon White at the Black & White Ball