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Can you direct me to the Cricket Pathway?

Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (1)

I have given a great deal of thought to the game of over the years, in particular the development of the game and its pathway systems. Obviously most of my thoughts have been to do with cricket in Victoria... so please don't hold that against me.

I was a young country boy who became interested in cricket because of my father and Mother. Dad was playing cricket and football for Yarck (a small country town 9 miles from Alexandra on the Maroondah Hwy) Mum was scorer. But Dad had also played under Leo Finch at Carlton so naturally I was going to follow in those footsteps dreaming of higher honours.

I remember one hot summer day listening to the cricket on the radio… Bobby Simpson was nearing a hundred. I was in “make believe” land, (some say I still am), playing every shot for him and running each run between the wickets I’d set up on “Wrights Lane” out side our house. Unfortunately Freddie Titmus ended “Bob Cats” innings at 91.

Who would have thought that someone from Yarck, was destined to play Test Cricket let alone under him 16 years later?

I was probably very fortunately that my parents moved to Croydon a few years later where I was able to play junior cricket. (Yarck’s population was about 50 and had barely enough children to keep the school open)

So I began my cricket at the Heathmont Cricket Club in the RDCA and the pathway to higher levels was easy enough to follow: Practice hard, continually make runs or take wickets, earn representative selection and eventually an invite into the District ranks.

In those days the Dowling Shield was the avenue most young cricketers followed but I thought it more beneficial for me to compete against men to test myself. So as a 15 year old I earned selection for the RDCA u21’s against CUOV u21 Association teams. I did well and went on the represent the CUOV in national championships and was then selected for the National Team.

I was 18 when I was invited to Carlton where Peter Bedford was the coach and I started in the 3rd XI. Each year I was able to earn promotion based on my performance. It wasn’t easy by any means; I found that there were so many good cricketers all desperate to succeed and so it took five years for me to earn selection to play for my country.

The pathway to higher levels obviously worked well for me so I cannot understand why it is still not the preferred avenue today.

It  was based on performance… isn’t that a good idea?

So we get to the reason I am writing this… I was astounded to read recently that Cricket Australia had named an under 16 Australian Team. I immediately thought… what do all the other young developing cricketers around the country think about that?

I feel that if you ever wanted to demoralise a young cricketer, offer the Australian dream, entice our children to take up the game, lead them along the so called pathway system and then cut them adrift by selecting an Australia U16 team. Meanwhile the majority of our youth cricketers who missed out must be wondering if it is worthwhile continuing on.

I think about Glen McGrath… who was missed by every development program. Why? Because some kids develop slowly, they are still growing and lack the strength.

What could be more soul destroying than for a 15 year old waiting for their body to catch up to miss out? And what about Mum and Dad, think about the process, every parent goes through because they believe that there’s a pathway to follow.

Here is Mum washing and ironing the whites each week, having picked up the young aspiring child from school for Milo Cricket, then onto practice, then to matches in under 12’s, u14’s representative cricket and on to u16’s only to see others chosen ahead of their child and given priority and special treatment.

It makes me wonder why Cricket Australia recommend that clubs should retire batsman after so many runs or why we give very child a bowl even when they can't. It seems that there is a contradiction somewhere in all this?

So having missed selection, the family sit around the dinner table discussing whether or not they should continue on. Perhaps they can make it through the District ranks... now “Premier Community Cricket”.

Is it worth the effort?

They might not think it is… or perhaps they might think of leaving home to go to Melbourne or any other Capital city, find a job, practice hard. There is a chance of making it through the ranks to State Selection… but what about the draft system someone might be brought in over me? I suppose I could go to another State and do a “Peter Nevill”, I could be that lucky or not?

I cannot see why the pathway system has been made so uncertain… it should be about taking the opportunity.

I have an idea, let us make it performance based… make runs, take the wickets and hold the catches.

I can see huge problems with Australian Cricket because it seems to me that they believe our future cricketers should just be allowed to have fun without being disciplined or challenged. It is my belief that we have far too many academics from an failing education system running the development of the game and we need to balance this out very quickly otherwise we'll have cricketers coming through who've never been disciplined or challenged and life as is cricket... is a real challenge where no one in the real world is or should be entitled. 

Yes have fun and enjoy the game... it is great for keeping the numbers up so the marketing arm of the game can promote "more people are playing cricket than ever before". Let us get them on the “SCG or MCG” during the lunch break of a Test, never mind that they can’t hold a bat, bowl a ball or catch it!

We can tell everyone that there having fun and look how well cricket is doing… can we have more funding please?


No Response from Tony Dodemaide or his Board

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 3:20 Comments comments (0)

10 years ago at a Footscray Edgewater Season Launch Tony Dodemaide had just been appointed the Cricket Victoria CEO and he told the audenience that  “1/3 of all cricket played in Australia is being played in Victoria”.

On the back of that statement, there can be no excuse for those in charge of the game in Victoria, because had they been successful Victorian cricketers would be knocking the Test Selectors doors down and a stream of highly talented cricketers would be flowing interstate where the game is not so strong.

Cricket Victoria (CV) is failing our game at the “Milo grass roots level” and in every other development area associated with it and it is for this reason alone Victorian Cricket needs needs fresh blood at the top, we need to remove the dead wood and replace them those who can anticipate change and for this you need vision, expertise, energy and be prepared to listen to cricketers with coaching experience and ideas. Otherwise our young players will continue to be discouraged and this is not what the game is about in Victoria.

We must instruct technique to execute the disciplines of the game starting from Milo, provide opportunity not denying it, educate our cricketers about traditions and the responsibility they have to those who will follow us. We require selection criteria to encourage youthful aspiration, invigorate cricket clubs to pursue junior development through the concept of participation.

This might sound very harsh since during Tony's his reign the Bushrangers have won 3 Sheffield Shields... but not as Victoria!

“Smoke and mirrors” is what Victorian Cricket has got and a CEO who boasts to Jon Pierik of the Melbourne Age that “Victorian Cricket” is in a great space.

The truth is that the CEO and his Board are under great pressure from the CV shareholders (Premier Clubs & Associates).

This doesn't deter Tony Dodemaide he claims he knows nothing of the unrest, even though I sent the following via the CV website contact page and copied all Premier Clubs, VCCL and others:

Tony Dodemaide and the Cricket Victoria Board

Cricket House Jolimont


As a former player, long time stakeholder in the game and contributor to Victorian Cricket I feel I have earned the right to ask you to provide me with an explanation as to why you have not resigned from office given the following:

Collectively you all have been engaged to represent the game of cricket in Victoria and yet you secretly initiated an agenda Report called "Breaking New Ground". This report was released under the pretence of it being in Victorian Cricket's best interests and yet was designed to effectively replace the voting rights of the owners of the game in this state, "the Premier Cricket Clubs", who established the Victorian Cricket Association now CV.

This was a conscious decision by you collectively (some of you may say you weren’t part of it… no excuse) and it was an attempt to remove and greatly disadvantage those who engaged you, it was not a mistake... it was a planned effort using "money” that did not belong to you. Again, it belonged to those who engaged you and in all circumstances this is unconscionable.

Further to this, it seems you have been secretly "giving and forgiving" loans, offering extra delegate votes to secure favour and have been caught lying to associates which again, is in all circumstance unconscionable.

This behaviour is not acceptable in business and certainly is not the type of behaviour expected from our cricket representatives and now with the majority of Premier clubs against you... you steadfastly refuse to do the honourable thing and resign.

Forget about how well you think you have done, because the fact is... So bad is Victorian Cricket under your reign that on most occasions only 5 of our home grown players are good enough to represent our cricket team, “the Victoria Bushrangers”. This has been the way for far too long and it is demoralizing for our Cricket in this State. Nothing has improved under your reign and when you consider this fact: Since the year 2000 Victorian Cricket has contributed only 3 Test Match (at the time of writing Glen Maxwell had not scored his century in India) Centuries to Australian Cricket... for the CV Board and its CEO it is your "Job performance indicator".

If you have any respect for Victorian Cricket you need to relinquish your positions in a manner that will allow easy transition for those who expect much more from the investment that has been and is put in all over our State each and every summer since the 1860's.

We are Victoria, the style of game here was a proven success, it should not have altered, and it was handed down to us.

It is our game as are the traditions and philosophies that go with it. Obviously you have all lost sight of this and given all the above your positions are untenable.

Please don't write my letter off as a former player not in touch with the modern game as I have been involved constantly in the sport, firstly as a player, as a Playing coach, administrator, Coach, specialist coach and mentor from First Class to grass roots community club level and all over the world.

My involvement in the game also extends from my business activities since 1985 and I am in regular contact with club cricketers throughout the state who constantly express their concerns to me… about the future of cricket in Victoria and what can be done about it?

I would also appreciate a response to my email.

Yours faithfully

Ian Callen

So let us repair the pathway System and take control of Victoria Cricket... we can start by doing the following:

No 1. If the Cricket Victoria CEO and Chairman Russell Thomas wont resign sack them.

No 2. Fill the remaining Board positions with Victorian Cricket patriots who can stay alert, remove the voting rights of the Board, take 2 votes away from Womans Cricket they only need one, give 2 votes to Country Cricket.

No 3. Evaluate all departments within Cricket Victoria and remove the non productive or fruitless.

No 4. A priority will be to evaluate and over haul the Cricket operations, Bushrangers Coaching and Selection policies.   

No 5. Re appoint Peter Binns and religate any Premier Clubs who have failed to produce an International player since 1980 back to Sub Districts ranks.

No 6. Allocate regions/Zones to Premier Club and provide funding for each club to developement their regions and retrench all regional development managers. Clubs must adhere to guidelines to qualify for development funding.

No 7. Premier Clubs & associates qualify for dividends on a year basis

No 8. VCCL Combined Country Team to play 3 day 1st Class fixture v Combined Metro Team choosen from Premier Cricket.  

Our young talented Cricketers should be representing the State above everyone else and we should be feeding them into higher honours.

Every effort should be made to develop, encourage, invigorated or reinvigorate and reward them. It is the taxes or rates Victorians have paid for the infrustrucure and the District Clubs have invested 150 years into the game and facilities for young Victorians to benefit from.

If we lose matches… because our boys are not good enough on the field of play, then our development programs are failing and those involved should be replaced until we find success. That is when we'll know "Victorian Cricket is in a good place".

Any CEO, Chairman or Director of Cricket Victoria would know the corporate responsibility they had to those who set up the organisation that had engaged them. In this case they knew very well that it was the Districts Clubs (now Premier Clubs) and Associates had engaged them and as such they were to be treated as Shareholder of the game of cricket in Victoria.

Those who were employed to prepare the “Breaking New Ground Strategy” and those who endeavoured to push it’s outcome under the pretence of it being in the games best interest will have a hard time convincing me that they were not attempting a “Sting”.

At this stage most Premier Clubs and Associates are attempting to have this Board removed in order to reclaim the “game of cricket” for the state of Victoria.

Cricket Bat Law Change - What it means?

Posted on 31 March, 2017 at 18:55 Comments comments (1)

The MCC's new code regulating the maximum size of a cricket bat arrives October 2017.

The Maximum width of the bat will remain 108mm or 4 1/4 inches, however the apex will be limited to 67mm or 2 41/64 inches and the edges 40mm or 1 37/64 inches. 

The law is being introduced to address the imbalance between bat and ball. However, it really gets down to the density of "timber" when looking for greater rebound... so in real terms, size will not matter other than it may reduce the "psychological'  goings on, in the mind of some with, ball in hand.





Posted on 24 March, 2017 at 20:20 Comments comments (1)

Over the past months I have been hearing complaints about a Cricket Victoria (CV) Pathway Coordinator. The final straw came when I heard he was hogging the New Ball at his club and so I tweeted about it as follows;

"Neil Gray @cricketvictoria "Pathway Coordinator" takes new ball in front of those on the Pathway to higher levels".

Neil responded immediately claiming all Pathway players at his club were playing in higher grades and so he wasn’t taking the new ball in front of anyone as I had claimed. Later that day the Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club (CMCC) Treasurer tweeted that I had taken a “Cheap Shot” at Neil and later Barry Ross the club Secretary Tweeted that I was “Weak as Piss” and I should get my facts in line.

Ok ! So here are the facts and I can tell you I think I am right…….

CMCC Contact and Secretary Barry Ross commented that my beef is with CV and not Neil, Wrong Barry... my beef is with anyone failing the game of cricket in Victoria and that includes Premier Cricket Clubs. In my opinion Premier Club have lost sight of their role in developing cricket across the state, they lack urgency, lack transparency and still support a CV Board who in my opinion and from the information I have should be under investigation by ASIC... but that another story.

So let me finish with Neil Gray who is responsible for the following at CV:

1/. Develop a comprehensive Cricket Victoria Pathway Program that promotes both playing and personal development.

2/. To oversee the Victorian Bushrangers and Vic Spirit Pathway Championships operations.

3/. Embed the National Player Pathway philosophy into the Cricket Victoria Pathway program and the competitions that connect directly to the program.

4/. Support the connection between Victorian Premier Cricket and the Cricket Victoria Pathway program.

5/. Responsible for budget process including expenditure, reforecasting and administration.

6/. Explore partnership opportunities with appropriate Commercial and Community partners.

7/. Oversee the appointment and payment of Coaches, Managers and support staff in all Cricket Victoria regions.

Under point 3, 4 and 7 of his responsibilities proves he does have an obligation that comes with coaching" and captaining the 4th XI because all Premier Clubs fall in under the "Pathways System".

The 4th XI in any Premier Club is the first stepping stone to higher levels. It is not a "GRAVE YARD" for cricketers and how dare Neil Gray infer to me that they are less important than any other in cricket...

Taking the New Ball, rather than giving it to someone endeavouring to climb the ladder, is hogging the ball. An ego show and a dereliction of duty. And if any member of your club or any other club cannot see that then get out of the game.

Neil has taken the "New Ball" in all but 2 games this season and in the 2 day games his over tally reads as follows 21, 30 19, 23, 25, and 22.

Some might try to say that there is no one else to bowl mediums so Neil has to take the New Ball... well wouldn't that be an indictment on the clubs recruitment officer or perhaps it’s because opportunities just don’t exist for anyone wanting to come to the club.

 I make no apologies and will continue to call out those who are not doing the right thing.




Posted on 21 March, 2017 at 23:55 Comments comments (0)


I had received a number of comments about a Cricket Victoria Pathway Coordinator and coach who was hogging the New Ball at his club.

 So I tweeted about it and got a response.

I have never met Neil Gray, but I know he is engaged as a coach at Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club in Melbourne and plays in the 4th XI.

I understand you love your cricket Neil but if you are the coach your position in the team comes behind the other 10 players. So if I were you... I would hand over the New Ball and allow others first use of it.

It’s an obligation that comes with coaching.





On a more serious note:

Over the past few weeks I have been handed some very disturbing information relating to the behaviour of the Cricket Victoria Board and CEO Tony Dodemaide.

It all started with the Boards agenda to re distribute votes belonging to Premier Clubs, the owners, of the game in Victoria.

In my opinion that is a bit like those employed by a business plotting against its shareholders… and this is in all circumstance unconscionable conduct.

So I wrote to Tony Dodemaide and the Cricket Victoria Board asking them why they have not resigned given the fact that the majority of games representatives had asked them the same?

Had I turned a blind eye to the behaviour I'd become an accessory. Certainly any club official offering or providing support to this behaviour in my opinion, became exactly that. 

No I have an obligation to the game as someone with almost a lifetime involvement and I think I did the right thing.

I have been a victim of this kind of behaviour in a previous life and a witness to the devastation that followed. Not good!




The Idea of Test Championships

Posted on 18 March, 2017 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

The idea of "Test championships and wealth distribution has been floated by Greg Chappell... to save the game.

Greg believes that of the 10 countries playing Test cricket, Zimbabwe, Banglasdesh and the West Indies rarely trouble the top cricket playing nations which means Test cricket, "the purest form of the game" is under threat from the limited over format.

Chappell believes that by sharing the wealth more evenly among the 10 Test playing nations will increase the number of competitive teams and this action should be a priority because... a lot of countries don't have the population or money to develop a competitive team.

"Somehow we've got to equalise the payments around the world because what we're seeing – take the West Indies for instance – top players electing not to play Test cricket because they're not getting paid as much as they get to play 20-over cricket around the world.  If we can't balance that out a little bit then there's going to be no incentive for people to play Test cricket." Chappell said.


The Test match championship proposal, I agree woud need to be an ongoing competition, culminating in a series every two years between the top two nations but it is one that needs to be expanded in my opinion upon.


But I would like to see more Countires involved... why not sell a franchises into America, Asia and Europe by creating a player pool from well populated cricket nations? A freelance qualification would provide incentive and opportunity for players. It would generate interest and with it exciting prospects... in particular for the developing junior cricketers we encourage and nurture each weekend at grass roots level. 

The incentive of a Test series played around the globe for points to determine the world's best team on a biennial basis would in my opinion capture the imagination of world cricket on a continuous basis. Once a series final decides a champion the competition would start again and so on.


Posted on 27 December, 2016 at 18:40 Comments comments (0)

I have created this list of Victorian Home Grown Century Makers to show how poor Victorian Cricket has become. How  has Tony Dodemaide and his CV Board been able to keep their positions? 

1/. 06/09/1880 W. Murdoch v Eng Oval 153*

2/. 31/12/1881 T. Horan v Eng MCG 124

3/. 3/3/1882 P. McDonnell v Eng SCG 147

4/. 11/8/1884 W. Murdoch v Eng Oval 211

5/. P. McDonnell v Eng Oval 147

6/. H. Scott v Eng Oval 102

7/. 12/12/1884 P. McDonnell v Eng Adel 124

8/. 17/7/1893 H. Graham v Eng Lords 107

9/. 1/2/1895 H Graham v Eng SCG 105

10/. 22/6/1896 G. Trott v Eng Lords 141

11/. 1/1/1898 C. McLeod v Eng MCG 112

12/. 18/10/1902 W. Armstrong v SA Jbg 153*

13/. 7/2/1908 W. Armstrong v Eng MCG 133*

14/. 14/6/1909 V. Ransford v Eng Lords 143*

15/. 17/2/1911 W. Armstrong v SA MCG 132

16/. 17/12/1920 W. Armstrong v Eng SCG 158

17/. 14/1/1921 W. Armstrong v Eng Adel 121

18/. 11/2/1921 W. Armstrong v Eng MCG 123*

19/. 26/11/1921 J. Ryder v SA N'lands 142

20/. 19/12/1924 B. Ponsford v Eng SCG 110

21/. 1/1/1925 B. Ponsford v Eng MCG 128

22/. 16/1/1925 J. Ryder v Eng Adel 121

23/. 16/7/1926 W. Woodfull v Eng Hed 123

24/. 24/7/1926 W. Woodfull v Eng O'Tr 117

25/. 14/12/1928 W. Woodfull v Eng SCG 111

26/. 29/12/1928 W. Woodfull v Eng MCG 107

27/. 29/12/1928 J. Ryder v Eng MCG 122

28/. 8/4/1929 W. Woodfull v Eng MCG 102

29/. 27/6/1930 W. Woodfull v Eng Lords 155

30/. 18/8/1930 B. Ponsford v Eng Oval 110

31/. 1/1/1931 B. Ponsford v WI SCG 183

32/. 16/1/1931 B. Ponsford v WI MCG 109

33/. 18/12/1931 K. Rigg v SA SCG 127

34/. 31/12/1931 W. Woodfull v Eng 101

35/. 20/7/1934 B. Ponsford v Eng Hed 181

36/. 18/8/1934 B. Ponsford v Eng Oval 266

37/. 29/11/1946 L. Hassett v Eng Bris 128

38/. 31/1/1947 K. Miller v Eng Adel 141

39. 23/1/1948 L. Hassett v Ind Adel 118*

40/. 6/2/1948 N. Harvey v Ind MCG 153

41/. 10/6/1948 L. Hassett v Eng T Brig 137

42/. 22/7/1948 N. Harvey v Eng Hed 112

43/. 24/12/1948 L. Hassett v SA E'Park 112

44/. 24/12/1949 S. Loxton v SA E' Park 101

45/. 31/12/1949 N. Harvey v SA N'lands 178

46/. 20/1/1950 N. Harvey v SA K'mead 151*

47/. 10/2/1950 N. Harvey v SA E'Park 100

48/. 3/3/1950 N. Harvey v SA Stg'park 116

49/. 3/3/1950 L. Hassett v SA " 167

50/. 5/1/1951 K. Miller v Eng SCG 145*

51/. 30/11/1951 L. Hassett v WI SCG 129

52/. 30/11/1951 K. Miller v WI SCG 132

53/. 31/12/1951 L. Hassett v WI MCG 102

54/. 5/12/1952 N. Harvey v SA Bris 109

55/. 9/1/1953 N. Harvey SA SCG 190

56/. 24/1/1953 C. McDonald v SA Adel 154

57/. 24/1/1953 N. Harvey v SA Adel 163

58/. 24/1/1953 L. Hassett v SA Adel 116

59/. 6/2/1953 N. Harvey v SA MCG 205

60/. 11/6/1953 L. Hassett v Eng Trent 115

61/. 25/6/1953 L. Hassett v Eng Lords 104

62/. 25/6/1953 K. Miller v Eng Lords 109

63/. 9/7/1953 B. Harvey v Eng Old T 122

64/. 26/11/1954 N. Harvey Eng Bris 162

65/. 26/3/1955 N. Harvey v WI S.Park 133

66/. 26/3/1955 K. Miller v WI S. Park 147

67/. 11/4/1955 C. McDonald v WI Q. Park 110

68/. 11/4/1955 N. Harvey v WI Q. Park 133

69/. 14/5/1955 K. Miller v WI Ken 137

70/. 11/6/1955 C. McDonald v WI S.Park 127

71/. 11/6/1955 N. Harvey v WI S.Park 204

72/. 11/6/1955 K. Miller v WI S. Park 109

73/. 26/10/1956 N. Harvey India Bra S 140

74/. 31/12/1958 N. Harvey v Eng MCG 124

75/. 30/1/1959 C. McDonald v Eng Adel 170

76/. 13/2/1959 C. McDonald v Eng MCG 133

77/. 12/12/1959 N. Harvey v India FSK 114

78/. 1/1/1960 N. Harvey v India Bra S 102

79/. 11/2/1960 W. Lawry v Eng MCG 108

80/. 8/6/1962 N. Harvey v Eng Edg 114

81/. 22/6/1961 W. Lawry v Eng Lords 130

82/. 27/7/1961 W. Lawry v Eng Old T 102

83/. 30/2/1962 W. Lawry v India MCG 100

84/. 25/1/1963 N. Harvey v Eng Adel 154

85/. 1/1/1964 W. Lawry vSA MCG 157

86/. 23/7/1964 W. Lawry v Eng Old T 106

87/. 26/3/1965 R. Cowper v WI Q. Park 143

88/. 5/5/1965 W. Lawry v WI Ken 210

89/. 5/5/1965 R. Cowper v WI Ken 102

90/. 10/12/1965 W. Lawry v Eng Bris 166

91/. 28/1/1966 W. Lawry v Eng Adel 119

92/. 11/2/1966 R. Cowper v Eng MCG 307

93/. 13/12/1966 K. Stackpole v SA New 134

94/. 23/12/1967 R. Cowper India Adel 108

95/. 26/1/1968 R. Cowper v India SCG 165

96/. 22/8/1968 W. Lawry v Eng Oval 135

97/. 6/12/1968 W. Lawry v WI Bris 105

98/. 26/12/1968 W. Lawry v WI MCG 205

99/. 4/11/1969 K. Stackpole v India Bra S 103

100/. 15/11/1969 A. Sheahan v Ind GPark 114

101/. 14/2/1969 W. Lawry v WI SCG 151

102/. 14/2/1969 I. Redpath v WI SCG 132

103/. 27/11/1970 K. Stackpole v Eng Bris 207

104/. 11/12/1970 I. Redpath v Eng WACA 171

105/. 29/1/1971 K. Stackpole v Eng Adel 136

106/.. 13/7/1972 K. Stackpole v Eng T.Bri 114

107/. 29/12/1972 I. Redpath v Pak MCG 135

108/. 29/22/1972 P Sheahan v Pak MCG 127

109/. 16/2/1973 K. Stackpole v WI S.Park 142

110/. 29/12/1973 K. Stackpole v NZ MCG 122

111/. 22/3/1974 I. Redpath v NZ E.Park 159*

112/. 4/1/1975 I. Redpath v Eng SCG 105

113/. 23/1/1976 I. Redpath v WI Adel 103

114/. 31/1/1976 I. Redpath v WI SCG 101

115/.. 26/12/1976 I. Redpath v WI MCG 102

116/. 26/12/1976 G. Cosier v WI MCG 109

117/. 1/1/1977 G. Cosier v Pak MCG 168

118/. 28/1/1978 G. Yallop v India Adel 121

119/. 1/12/1978 G. Yallop v Eng Bris 102

120/. 10/2/1979 G. Yallop v Eng SCG 121

121/. 26/10/1979 G. Yallop v Ind E. Gar 167

122/. 6/3/1980 G. Yallop v Pak Iqbal S 172

123/. 13/8/1981 G. Yallop v Eng Old.T 114

124/. 11/11/1983 G. Yallop v Pak WACA 141

125/. 26/12/1983 G. Yallop v Pak MCG 268

125/. 18/9/1986 D. Jones v Ind Chen 210

126/. 10/1/1987 D. Jones v Eng SCG 184*

127/. 12/2/1987 D. Jones v S. L. WACA 102

128/. 3/2/1988 D. Jones v WI Adel 216

129/. 6/7/1989 D. Jones v Eng Edg 157

130/. 24/8/1989 D. Jones v Eng Oval 122

131/. 16/12/1989 D. Jones v S.L. Hobart 118*

132/. 19/1/1990 D. Jones v Pak Adel 121*

133/. 19/1/1990 D. Jones v Pak Adel 116

134/. 1/2/1992 D. Jones v India WACA 150*

135/. 28/8/1992 D. Jones v S. L. 100*

136/. 19/6/1997 M. Elliott v Eng Lords 112

137/. 24/7/1997 M. Elliott v Eng Hed 199

138/. 24/11/1997 M. Elliott v NZ Hobart 114

139/. 16/12/005 B. Hodge v SA WACA 203*

140/. 15/12/016 P. Handscomb v PAK Bris 105

141/. 4/1/2017 P. Handscomb v Pak Syd 110


"The Umpire" C.J. Dennis

Posted on 16 November, 2016 at 2:00 Comments comments (0)

The poem "The Umpire” from C.J. Dennis found scribbled on a piece of paper in an old "Toolangi Cricket Club" Scorebook tells  the story of a weary ex cricketers love and life in the game. 

Oh, he was old and he was spare;

His bushy whiskers and his hair

With a right boot in need of repair,

And in his swag upon his back.

He had oiled a cricket bat as black as black.

"T’s hard to find a game," he said.

And he shook his head,

So all the corks that hung

Around his hat-brim danced and swung

And bobbed about his face.

He said they were for keeping flies -

"The pesky varmints" - from his eyes.

He called me "Codger". . . "Now you see

I had me best days," said he.

"I us’d to bend me back,

And, I made it hit the track.

Keep ‘em off stump, young codger, if you can.

He seemed a funny sort of man.

All this side of Bourke

He’d played the game,

And umpir’n was as close to the same

And today he supposed he'd have to go

Another fifty overs or so.

"Nigh all my life the tracks I've walked,"

I liked the way he talked.

And oh, the places he had been!

I don't know what he had not seen -

On every ground, from every town,

All through the country, up and down.

"Young codger, don’t shun the dead track," he said.

And he put his hand upon my head.

I noticed, then, his old eyes were blue and

Oh so very true.

"Ay, once I was a little lad,"

And he seemed to grow quite sad.

I sometimes think:

When my game is on the brink

I’ll go umpir’n too

And hang some corks around my hat,

And lead a jolly good life like that.


My Cricket Program

Posted on 17 October, 2016 at 18:05 Comments comments (0)

 My Cricket Program is constantly in pursuit of three major outcomes.


 To give all players who wish to play the game “the most positive cricketing experience possible”.


 To produce cricketers and teams who are striving to be the best team and players they can be.


 To promote cricket as a game that can be participated in as player, administrator, umpire, manager, scorer, coach, writer or commentator.


My Cricket Philosophy can be achieved as follows:


  Providing absolute positive encouragement and enjoyment of the game by all.


 Providing an introduction to the Clubs generic style of play (game plan or the way we want to play) for all standards.


 Providing selection criteria designed to advance players to higher levels of the game based on performance, endeavour, respect, attitude commitment to training and the game plan.


 As player abilities are identified they will be given opportunities and this will be communicated.


 On match days we want our players to look good. This will be reflected in their clothing, equipment and equipment care, hats and for parents and opposition to take note and make comment on our sportsmanship, spirit, support of each other and organization whether it be sitting together or warming up.


 The Club is making a huge effort to educate, train, coach and advance its players through their endeavours to pursue improvement and this will be communicated.


 The coaches aim to provide positive feedback to the team and individuals at all times during the game and training sessions.


 Each game will be reviewed on its completion for a few minutes after the match so that the most powerful and constructive messages are reinforced in constructive and educative comments.


 Talent identification is paramount to the philosophy and it is recognised that we are training to playing, learn and improve in order to develop as cricketers… not training to train.


 The philosophy encourages and identifies those who are able to interact within the social and cultural environment of the club community as part of cricket’s spirit of the game. The coach’s role in this area is enormous and cannot be understated and must be supported within the club community and team leadership groups.


 There will be no limitation on what level a player is capable of playing and he will be given every opportunity to succeed.


 A higher emphasis will be placed on team and individual success the higher the standard although enjoyment of the game and maximum positive encouragement is paramount.


 Complete education and understanding of the generic game plan and team process combined with ability appraisals to play the Victorian style of play are to be introduced along with discussion point, Tradition and historical education extension.


 The coach may adjust the role of players, coaches and team leaders to create opportunity in order to facilitate the Cricket Philosophy.


  My idea of a Team Process is;





 (No skill required here, just effort to keep you in the game)

















My Style of Play Batting:


  Singles, the side with the most singles is usually the winner… turn the strike over at every opportunity with loud calls


  Put away the bad ball…be positive


  Be patient, fight and place value on your wicket (respect the good over or spell)


  Most partnerships will win the game


  Bad runs are great runs…if not batting well just hang in there…you never know


  Runs stolen / turn 2’s into 3 creates pressure on the opposition and match winning momentum that will win the game



My Style of Play Bowling:


  Dot balls build pressure…maidens even more so…batsmen hate not scoring…be the team with the most dot balls


  Bowling short creates the opportunity for power shots… bowling length even full makes batsmen play with a vertical bat and to your field


  Be the side with the least extras (No no balls or wides or free hits)


  After each delivery remember you are a fieldsman


  Attack an off stump line… at it…or just out side (not short and wide)


  Concentrate on each ball, think, enjoy the challenge… if you do not have the ball in your hand…you have no chance of taking wickets


 Take care of the ball…you have a partner at the other end… hit the seam and shine one side, rub in plenty of moisture… the more chance you will have to gain movement through the air.

The Style of Play Fielding:


  Want the ball to come to you…make an impact… Remember …stay in the contest no matter what…as one diving save, one special effort, one wicket can change the entire game.


  Aim for a run out per game…why not more?


  Be the side with most team assists…back up others, congratulate others, use your voice, run the distance to be there for the relay throw…for back ups and support…each play every fielder is to be in the play


  Attack the ball…be aggressive…always look for run out opportunity


  Be the one who saves the most runs in field and out field… be desperate cut off the singles, chase down the ball, throw accurately…it may be another run that you do not need to chase.


  Be an overall positive player…a dropped catch a miss field will reduce your overall contribution or value to the team



Posted on 4 August, 2016 at 3:00 Comments comments (0)

The Herald Sun published an article Thursday 4th of August called "IMPORTS TURN BAT INDUSTRY TO ASHES". The article written by Andrew Jefferson (Jefferson) a Journalist from England. He tells a sorry tale about a Bat Maker in Footscray who can no longer cut it, blaming India for his demise.


Whilst I understand what the Bat Maker is personally going through, he has for a very long time, refused to accept there are others in this country who can make bats as well if not better than himself. Had Jefferson not been so lazy and researched the topic he would have been in a far better position to write a story that reflects the true state of the Cricket Bat Willow and Bat Making industry in Australia.

Jefferson would also have learned that Willow Blue Australia has built the Australian Cricket Industry from the ashes and to read such comments from this bat maker really disappoints me because it denigrates the industry and all the hard work that has gone into rebuilding it. 

There are far more bat makers in Australia and N.Z. than ever before and they can make bats that India cannot possibly compete with and they are still able to make good money because the valuable raw material does not have to be imported. This timber is proving to have exceptional rebound and lasting qualities and having more qualifications in this industry than many... I know what I am talking about.