Team of the Century

  1. John Williams – Captain
  2. Peter Hollings – Vice Captain
  3. Anthony Austin
  4. Leon Bates
  5. John Collett
  6. Noel Graham
  7. Dr Geoffrey Hart
  8. Kenneth Kennedy
  9. Jeffrey Law
  10. Ian McPherson
  11. Ivan Tudor
  12. Jim Verduci

  13. JohnWilliams   1. John Graeme Williams (1969-81) – Captain
    An outstanding wicket keeper with the ability to keep up to the stumps to all types of bowlers, with fast hands batsmen didn’t usually get a second chance to make an error. A superb leader who captained back-to-back flags, remarkable with an identical eleven, before moving to Williamstown CC. A right hand lower order batsman ‘Willy’ always liked to get on with the scoring either by trying to hit the bowlers out of the attack or by aggressive running between wickets, pinching the impossible single. Regarded as one of the best keepers in sub-district, Jack started with our juniors and moved up through the ranks till eventually he captained the club. An All-Australian wicket-keeper at Carnival level, who, like so many others, has continued to support the club although no longer playing.

    Achievements:
    3 – Club Captain
    2 – Premiership Captain – 1978/79 & 1979/80
    5 – Fielding Award
    Fourth most dismissals
    1 – ‘B’ Grade Fielding Award
    2 – Under 16 Fielding Award
    2 – Association Representative
    1 – Association Captain – 1980-81
    1 – All-Australian – 1980-81

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    139 20 1636 13.75 1 54

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    2 85 42.50 1/1
    Games – 134 Catches – 133 Stumpings – 67


    PeterHollings   2. Peter Irving Hollings (1960-80) – Vice Captain
    Classy & talented right hand top order batsman who had a desire for runs and usually got them. Also a very useful right arm medium pace swing bowler. Recruited in 1960-61 he made a century on debut in ‘A’ grade, still only player to have achieved this feat. Great technique, strong driver of the ball and was one of the Association’s all-time premier batsmen. Peter set many records with the bat and has the highest average of any of the top 20 run scorers. Only player to have scored three centuries in a season, including 135 in the 1970-71 final, which we ultimately won. Respected executive member of our club and the Association. Celebrating his 25th year as Club President. Retired on a high with a flag and the batting award. Another of our long servicing, hard working executive members of our club and an outstanding cricketer.

    Achievements:
    9 centuries (club record)
    Second highest run scorer
    Most runs in an A grade season – 588
    5 – Club captain
    Premiership Captain 1973-74
    7 – Premiership player (club record)
    1 – Club Champion
    9 – Batting Average/Aggregate (club record)
    1 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    Holds the A grade 3rd and 6th wicket partnership records
    3rd wicket partnership highest record for the club – 246
    2 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 135 (Final) and 90 not out
    5 – Association representative
    1 – Association captain – 1976-77
    Life Member
    Association Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    247 36 6450 30.57 31 9 144

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    144 1943 13.49 7/23 4
    Games – 215 Catches – 88


    AnthonyAustin   3. Anthony Leigh Austin – (1969-77, 1986-89, 1990-1994 & 1997-98)
    Quality top order left handed batsman who could combine defence and attack easily depending on the state of the game. A powerful driver of the ball Tony commenced his career with our juniors before moving on to sub-district ranks with Altona and then Caulfield before returning to us. He captained the club in 1988-89 and then returned to play in a premiership. Handy right arm medium pacer as a junior Tony primarily concentrated on his batting as a senior and reaped the rewards for his efforts. When Tony became the club captain he and his father completed a unique achievement in becoming the first father and son combination to captain the club. Tony was also a talented hockey player and was a junior state representative.

    Achievements:
    1 – Club Captain
    3 – Club Champion
    3 – Centuries
    1 – Premiership Player
    Association Captain – 1988-89
    Holds 5th wicket partnership record
    Club Treasurer – 1991-93
    2 – Under 16 Premiership Player

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    132 17 2782 24.19 17 3 129

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    47 619 13.17 5/21 2
    Games – 126 Catches – 46


    LeonBates   4. Leon Ray Bates – (1946-84)
    Club stalwart, along with Jack Law and Ian Moore, they were the driving forces behind our club’s emergence after the war. Self taught unorthodox right-hand opening batsman and slow bowler. Club’s greatest run scorer and second highest wicket taker. Club’s treasurer for over 30 years and also a long serving Association executive member and President. Unyielding competitor who constantly irritated opposition with his desire for victory. Shrewd captain, an attacking batsman, a wily bowler and a very good fieldsman, in all a fine all-round cricketer as his record proves. The Bates’ became the first family to have three generations play for the club. Leon’s father was the club secretary prior to the war and his sons Stephen and Colin both played junior and senior cricket with the ‘Streeters’.

    Achievements:
    Highest run scorer – 7642
    3 centuries
    4 – Club captain
    Premiership Captain 1970/71
    5 – Premiership player
    4 – Club Champion
    3 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    3 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    1 – Under 18 Captain
    1 – Under 18 Champion player
    1 – Under18 Bowling Average/Aggregate
    Holds the A grade 1st and 7th wicket partnership records
    1st wicket partnership – equal oldest ‘A’ record – 1956/57
    Second most games played
    2 – Association captain – 1966/67 & 1968/69
    8 – Association representative
    Sixth highest dismissals – highest for non-wicketkeepers
    Club’s longest serving Treasurer
    Life Member
    Association Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    444 42 7642 19.01 31 3 109*

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    552 6480 11.74 7/38 19
    Games – 352 Catches – 162


    JohnCollett   5. John Francis Collett (1947-70 & 1975-78)
    Possibly the club’s greatest all-rounder. A right-handed middle order batsman and right arm medium pace swing bowler who later became a top leg spinner. An outstanding fieldsman whether in the slips or in the outfield with a strong arm. Club’s greatest wicket taker having taken 180 more wickets than his nearest contender in 100 fewer games speaks volumes for his talent. Holds the record for most wickets in an innings, third highest run scorer, life member and premiership player. Jack has done it all, even taken three hat-tricks, also a club record and for good measure he could keep wickets. Made a comeback and played a season in ‘C’ grade and again showed he hadn’t lost his touch by winning the Champion player award. Outstanding cricketer and a great clubman.

    Achievements:
    Club’s greatest wicket taker – 732
    Third highest run scorer
    7 – Club Champion (club record)
    3 – Centuries
    2 – Club captain
    3 – Premiership player
    2 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    2 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    3 – Hat-tricks (club record)
    1 – ‘B’ Captain
    1 – ‘B’ Grade Champion player
    1 – ‘C’ Grade Champion player
    Most wickets in an innings – 9/22
    Under 18 – Most wickets in an innings – 8/25
    Holds 4th wicket partnership record
    3 – Association representative
    Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    323 44 5892 21.12 26 3 121

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    732 7911 10.81 9/22 40
    Games – 247 Catches – 132 Stumpings – 3


    NoelGraham   6. Noel William Graham (1950-65)
    The son of our number one life member, Charles, Noel was an outstanding cricketer and never had to worry about being in the shadow of his very respected father. A right arm fast bowler, who was possibly the quickest the club has seen, was also a very competent left handed, hard-hitting middle order batsman. The interesting thing about Noel and his father was they were the complete opposites with the bat and ball, Charles bowled left and batted right. Noel also has the unique distinction of representing both Victorian Associations at carnival level. Commencing his career in the under 18’s before playing in senior premiership sides. Another outstanding all-rounder that came through our junior ranks with two centuries to support his impressive bowling analysis.

    Achievements:
    2 – Club Champion
    4 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    3 – Premiership player
    2 – Association Representative
    1 – ‘B’ Premiership player
    Ninth highest wicket taker
    Holds the A grade 3rd and 7th wicket partnership records
    3rd wicket partnership
    highest record for the club – 246
    Sixteenth highest run scorer
    1 – Under 18 Fielding award

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    198 18 2653 14.74 8 2 127

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    361 3989 11.05 6/4 21
    Games – 162 Catches – 61


    DrGeoffreyHart   7. Dr Geoffrey John Hart (1968-84)
    The multi-talented Dr Hart was not only an outstanding junior cricketer captaining an Under 16 team to a premiership but continued to develop his skills as a young man making his mark as he moved upwards through our ranks and eventually on to sub-district cricket. A superb right arm fast medium pace bowler, who had the ability to make the ball swing and seam and always on an immaculate line. A quality right hand bat, ‘Pokey’, contrary to his name, always like to get on with the scoring and quite often it was that impetuosity that was his downfall. A gifted cricketer with both bat and ball and a reliable slips fielder. A dentist by profession and although no longer playing at our club he continues to monitor and support the club.

    Achievements:
    4 – Club Champion
    2 – Club Captain
    4 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    1 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    3 – Premiership player
    2 – Under 16 Captain
    Under 16 Premiership Captain – 1970-71
    2 – Under 16 Premiership player
    3 – Under 16 Champion Player
    Sixth highest wicket taker
    1 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 8/22
    1 – Association captain – 1982-83
    5 – Association representative

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    184 34 2967 19.78 9 77

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    398 4974 12.50 8/22 20
    Games – 189 Catches – 83


    KennethKennedy   8. Kenneth William Kennedy (1963-78)
    ‘Kanga’ was our club’s version of Mark Waugh, always making batting look easy. A superb slips fielder and mostly a part-time right arm slow bowler. In a ‘B’ grade match he once took an amazing nine wickets in an innings (club record) and for good measure was involved in the other dismissal. A right hand middle order batsman, he was always eager to get on with the game. His driving and hooking were two of his best weapons making him a difficult player to bowl to as he could punish any bowler. ‘Kanga’ not only was a great cricketer but a fine coach and assisted many young players through our ranks. His son, Darren, was also an outstanding cricketer and went on to play district cricket at Footscray, obviously inheriting his father’s talent. Another of the players to have achieved a century and hat-trick double.

    Achievements:
    1 – Club Champion
    1 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    2 – ‘B’ grade Champion player
    1 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 9/30
    Only player to be involved in all ten dismissals in an innings
    4 – Association Representative
    5 – Centuries
    3 – Premiership player
    1 – ‘B’ grade Premiership player
    1 – Hat-trick – ‘B’ grade
    1 – ‘B’ grade Captain
    1 – Under 14 Premiership Coach

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    193 21 4247 24.69 19 5 118

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    82 893 10.89 9/30 2
    Games – 162 Catches – 93 Stumpings – 6


    JeffreyLaw   9. Jeffrey Ian Law (1965- )
    Barkly Street through and through. Current games record holder who began playing at six and hasn’t missed a game in more than thirty years, the last 27 of them in the first XI. Arguably the most decorated player in our Association with the most Carnival games and wickets, record three All-Australian caps, President’s Medallist, champion player and batting awards indicates his ability. A past junior and senior captain who is a dogged right hand batsman, far from flamboyant his main attribute is his determination to keep his wicket intact. A solid technique who is prepared to grind out his runs. Has prospered since being promoted to opening where he has been able to bat for long periods allowing him to build an innings. Right arm slow bowler that persists in bowling a tight and consistent line forcing batsmen to take chances. An outstanding covers and out fielder with a safe pair of hands and an accurate and strong throw.

    Achievements:
    5 – Club captain
    3 – Premiership player
    Premiership Captain 1991/92
    6 – Club Champion
    6 – Centuries
    2 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    4 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    11 – Fielding Award (club record)
    Club record holder for the most games played
    3 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 7/78, 68 and 160 not out
    Holds the 2nd wicket partnership record
    Third highest wicket taker
    1 – President’s Medal – Best Player in Association (voted by umpires)
    Fifth highest run scorer
    1 – Hat-trick – ‘A’ Reserve
    10 – Association representative (Association record)
    3 – Association captain – 1994/95, 1996/97 & 1998/99
    3 – All-Australian player (Association record)
    1 – All-Australian Captain (only Association player to achieved this honour)
    Most Carnival games
    Most Carnival wickets
    2 – Under 16 captain
    1 – Under 16 Champion player
    2 – Under 16 Premiership player
    3 – Under 16 Bowling Average/Aggregate
    Under 16 – Most wickets in a match 9/27 (equal holder)
    Life Member
    Association Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    326 106 5478 24.90 21 6 160*

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    538 8845 16.44 7/78 17
    Games – 400* Catches – 149


    IanMcPherson   10. Ian Lachlan McPherson (1965-84)
    ‘Storky’ was one of the club’s great characters, loved by all at our club but feared by batsman everywhere. Great right arm fast bowler whose tall frame and high action ensured good lift and bounce, coupled with his pace made him a difficult proposition for batsmen. A genuine match winner, as his two outstanding performances awards indicate. Tremendous worker for our club and Association and his sudden passing devastated the club. In his honour we have a scholarship fund awarded to a promising junior. A number eleven left hand bat, ‘Storky’ was constantly ribbed about his batting ability but many will remember the day he won a semi-final with his batting rather than his bowling. Holds the record for the most catches, five, in a match by a fieldsman and even managed a couple for the opposition when “subbing” for them. Ian and his son, Tyne, both achieved hat-tricks for the club.

    Achievements:
    Fourth highest wicket taker
    2 – Premiership player
    3 – ‘C’ Grade Captain
    2 – Association Representative (4 overall)
    2 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 8/41 (Final) and 8/16 (semi-final)
    1 – Hat-trick
    1 – ‘B’ Grade Bowling Average/Aggregate
    2 – ‘C’ Grade Bowling Average/Aggregate
    Life Member
    Association Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    171 67 802 7.71 41

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    471 6624 14.06 8/17 25
    Games – 193 Catches – 79


    IvanTudor   11. Ivan Kingsley Tudor (1975- )
    ‘Mr Versatile’. ‘Chopper’ is probably the most multi-talented cricketer the club has had. Certainly the only player to have been selected in three different Association representative teams, firstly as a batsman, then a bowler and in his most recent appearance as a wicket-keeper. Talented at all facets of the game, he is also a superb fieldsman whether in slips or gully or in the outfield who is a very safe and reliable catcher. A fierce competitor that gives his all and despises failure, especially from himself. A solid top order right hand bat with a good technique and right arm medium pace swing bowler, Ivan became the first player to win all ‘A’ grade awards. Winner of the first President’s Medal and winner of two Association bowling awards and most recently a Jack Law Medal are testimony to his ability. Started, as a shy lad that had to be coaxed into playing, is now one of the club’s longest serving players and has definitely cast off his “shy tag” as he has often “fired up” on the field. A great athlete with a desire for success and a terrific clubman who now has his son Heath, following in his footsteps with our juniors.

    Achievements:
    2 – Club Champion
    1 – Club captain
    1 – Century
    3 – Premiership player
    Third most dismissals
    4 – Bowling Average/Aggregate
    2 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    6 – Fielding Award
    Ninth highest run scorer
    1 – Jack Law Medal – Club’s Best Player
    1 – President’s Medal – Best Player in Association (voted by umpires)
    Fourteenth highest wicket taker
    Holds 5th wicket partnership record
    Fourth most games
    1 – ‘B’ Grade Batting Average/Aggregate
    1 – ‘C’ Grade Premiership
    1 – ‘C’ Grade Fielding Award
    1 – Under 16 Bowling Average/Aggregate
    7 – Association representative
    Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    269 60 4135 19.78 12 1 101

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    278 5623 20.22 7/41 9
    Games – 287* Catches – 194 Stumpings – 14


    JimVerduci   12. Giampiero (Jim) Verduci (1975- )
    A talented right hand opening or top order batsman with a good technique and is one of a few that has the rare ability to play shots all around the wicket. Cuts, drives and pulls the ball equally as well which makes him a difficult batsman to contend with. A punishing batsman that regularly belted bowlers out of the attack. ‘Jimbo’s’ motto was “if it was there to hit, hit it” and it didn’t make any difference if it was the first or last ball. As a junior Jim was a right arm medium fast swing bowler but concentrated on his batting that resulted in excellent rewards. Started as an Under 12 and later coached them for a few seasons and has been made a club life member. A long serving player, past captain and a quality batsman that still likes making runs as was shown just this season with another fine century.

    Achievements:
    1 – Club Captain
    1 – Club Champion
    7 – Centuries (4 – ‘A’, 2 – ‘B’, 1 – Under 16)
    Second most centuries
    4 – Batting Average/Aggregate
    1 – Premiership Player
    3 – Association Representative
    1 – Under 16 Batting Average/Aggregate
    1 – Under 12 Bowling Average/Aggregate
    2 – Law Memorial Winner Outstanding Performance – 160 & 117
    Life Member

    Player Statistics:
    Batting -
    Innings N.O. Runs Ave. 50′s 100′s H.S.
    250 40 4992 23.77 18 7 160

    Bowling -
    Wkts Runs Ave. Best 5 W/Inn
    80 1081 13.51 6/26 2
    Games – 230* Catches – 65