DETERMINED that cystic fibrosis would not prevent him from enjoying time on the sporting fields of Shoalhaven, Corey Nathan Bain finally succumbed to the disease on October 26, aged 38 years.
Although soccer was his favourite sport, the summer months found him playing cricket where he was a premiership-winning player with Sussex Inlet.
He loved to be in the action, whether he was scoring runs or occasionally taking wickets when he had not donned the gloves as wicketkeeper.
His first season was 2002-03 when he was a member of the winning third grade combination with a top score of 34, while he took 15 catches.
There was another grand final the following summer when he produced his best score of 44 against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.
Corey's best individual performances came in second grade during 2005-06 - 83 against Ex-Servicemen, when he featured in a sixth wicket stand of 162 with Andy Newman which is still a club record; and bowling figures of 6/28 against Ulladulla United.
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His best season aggregates were in third grade, 378 runs in 2007-08 and 308 in 2008-09, leading his team's lists on both occasions.
During the latter summer he also assisted in five dismissals in a game against Bay and Basin - with four catches and a stumping.
After missing two years of cricket during which time he had his double lung transplant, Corey returned in 2011-12 when he led Sussex fourths to the premiership and the one-day title.
His personal contributions were 292 runs and 27 catches.
His final season was 2012-13 in fourth grade where he had useful performances with bat, ball and gloves.
During that summer he played his 100th game with the club, and became only the third player to take 100 catches with Sussex Inlet, after Mal Holland and Greg Turvey.
He had totalled 1839 runs (with six half-centuries) which placed him in the top 10 in Sussex Inlet history, while other final aggregates were 54 wickets, 110 catches and six stumpings.