Although the season has been decimated with terrible weather of late, the top batsmen & bowlers in GCA Division One per club are:
N & C
As a curiosity it is interesting to note the top 10 batsmen in all 3 GCA Divisions at 1stX1 level and Bellarine Peninsula CA 1st X1 are:
Murghe (div 1)
Bellarine (div 1)
Marshall (div 2)
Corio (div 3)
Geelong City (div 2)
Geelong City (div2)
Newcomb & Dist.(div 3)
Curiously, GCA Div One occupies 1st place only whilst Div Two has 4 representatives and Bellarine has three batsmen with Pat Richards yet to be dismissed in his 205 runs.
Eighteen years ago, a beefy overweight kid knocked on Geelong Cricket Club’s door and asked coach Ian Redpath if he could get a game. The tubby wicket-keeper from Colac West CC was selected in Geelong’s 4th X1 against Essendon as a batsman. Tomorrow is his 33rd. birthday and Aaron Finch is regarded as the world’s greatest limited overs batsmen and one of the wealthiest despite only playing 5 Tests including an excellent debut of 62 and 49 against Pakistan in October last year. Despite his brief Test career Finch has “done it all”. Playing currently for Victoria, Surrey, Kings X1 Punjab and Melbourne Renegades, he holds the record for two of the 3 highest T20 scores of 172 against Zimbabwe (that knock the highest score by a captain) and 156 (off just 63 balls) - that innings including a record 14 sixes against England. He is the fastest Australian to reach 10 ODI centuries. He played for Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural Big Bash season in 2011 and was the Player-of-the-Year. In 2014, Yorkshire CC won his signature and in that year he played for MCC at Lords and top scored with 181no. In 2018 he finally was awarded a contract with Cricket Australia and in April 2019 he was named as Australia’s captain for the 2020 World Cup. His huge wealth was helped in 2010 signing with the Rajasthan Royals for US$300,000. He continued with them for two seasons then transferred to Sunrisers Hyderabad for US$640,000. He was then bought by the Mumbai Indians for US$530,000 followed by Gujarat Lions for US$150,000.
Happy birthday tomorrow, Finchy.
ON THIS ROUND – 117 YEARS AGO – 1902-03
Before the season “scratch” matches were played by GCA clubs against Grocers & Combined Trades, Geelong Grammar and Geelong College.
The Ocean Grove CC yachted up the Barwon River in the teeth of a terrific gale to meet the Barwon Heads CC in an exciting sail thru spray, wind & rain, with the team needing to fish out of the water the captain of the vessel who had fallen overboard.
Newly elected secretary/treasurer Charles Brownlow hit a to-be career best 32 batting at 11 in the opening round, whilst the clash between Non-Descripts and Geelong “B” resulted in the GCA’s first ever tie at The Osborne - both teams “annexed” for 252. The crowd were entertained by St.Augustine’s Orphanage Band with a “shilling Whip” raising funds for “the orphanage Christmas cheer”.
Also in 1898-99 Australia’s Fred Spoffoth sensationally declared in “Sporting Life” that every Test team included at least one chucker and the practice must be banned but “there was not a single umpire in the world that would dare to no-ball a cricketer for throwing”. Also on this round, England won the 1st Test at Sydney - despite Joe Darling’s 101, Clem Hill’s 96 and Hugh Trumble’s 70.
At GCA level, Geelong footballer Jack Baker made his debut. His 102-game career between 1898-1910 generating 3,976 runs @ 30.4 including 8 centuries and a best of 173. His 166 wickets averaged a miserly 13.5, with a best of 9/30. Baker played in 3 premierships for Geelong “A”.
ON THIS ROUND – 26 YEARS AGO – SEASON 1993-94
Thomson CC honoured long serving President and champion batsman, Gary Anderton with a Testimonial Dinner, his former Footscray CC teammates Test cricketers of yesteryear in Merv Hughes and Ray Bright being guest speakers. Anderton, who started at Leopold in 1974 went on to be a star all-rounder at Godfrey Street, his 128 Division One 1st X1 matches reaping 4,496 runs @ 41.6 with 5 centuries (a best of 131no) and took 192 wickets @ 19.9 with a best of 6/56. He retired in 1990 and played in Thomson’s only Div. One premiership in 1986-87, staring with the top score of 53 in his side’s 201, then destroying Grovedale (124) with the brilliant figures of 5/4.
Only a month after the birth of new VCA club Geelong, “cat” Peter Quick was selected in the Victorian 2nd X1 with a promising debut of 4/89 against South Australia.
Geelong West’s Gary Finnemore captured a career best 7/39 against Leopold.