ARTICLE NO. 6
9TH NOVEMBER 2018
North Geelong’s powerful batting line up has been disappointing in the first three rounds but hit their straps last Saturday with a probable winning score of 6/286 but Newtown & Chilwell is to date the only side to pass 200 in the opening three rounds so tomorrow will witness a fascinating day. The Magpies leading run maker is Moama recruit, Layton McCann with 91 last week and 179 runs @ 44.8 which also includes hands of 36 & 41. North smashed its season best minus contributions from proven run makers Sam Hall and Damian Vassiliou due to a dramatic shuffle of its batting order.
Lara posted a season’s best 268 thanks to Daniel Weigl’s brilliant 112 against Grovedale to be the competition’s leading run scorer to date with 225 runs at the commanding average of 75.0. It was Weigl’s fourth career ton and his second at 112 with that score last year against Leopold and his second against Grovedale with 109no last season. Three of his centuries have been posted within his last 7 innings. Grovedale will need its out of form batsmen to “band together” tomorrow in chasing its highest score for the season with only Gareth Yelland reaching double scores for the year (3 times). The retirement of Glen Talarico has been a monumental loss to the Grovedale side. Lara’s challenging 268 could have been far greater if Anglesea recruit Dylan Taylor (5/72) had not shown why the Grovedale recruiting committee had recruited him.
St. Josephs are doomed with a poor 123 which included a face saving last wicket stand of 38 by Jack O’Donoghue (29) and Matt Tarbett (9no), Geelong City at 2/92 at stumps. Henry Collins 3/25 followed his 3/64 last round, his 8 wickets this season the most in his three seasons, oddly last year playing just the one game with 5/93.
Last round Grovedale’s Tobias Hogg celebrated his 100th game and this week his English team-mate, Chris Young will reach that personal milestone. Making his debut in 2008-09 he returned home after that season only to return in 2011-12 where he has since remained. To Grovedale’s delight his clever pace has snared 224 wickets at a trim 15.6 with a best of 7/41 in last year’s semi-final and 3/33 in that seasons qualifying final, giving him 10 wickets in the finals series. Since his arrival he has methodically collected 45 wickets in 7 finals series which underlined its three premierships since his arrival.
This season two clubs are celebrating their 90th Anniversary in GCA Division One 1st X1 cricket since joining the GCA in 1928-29, being Geelong City and North Geelong. City has played 81 years as it has been promoted and relegated several times over the last two decades whilst North has played continuously.
A comparison of outstanding stats follows…
Highest team score
569 v Sth. Barwon 1956
6/404 v Geelong Cement 1999
Lowest team score
11 v Geelong Foot. 1936
25 v Newtown & Chilwell 1978
211 Gordon McKay
203no R. Oliver
V Highton 2013
Winning games ratio
287 Alf Clark
267 Harry Heard
10,508 Alf Clark
8,942 Harry Heard
374 Laurie Winch
376 Robert Agg
9/28 Jack Walker
9/22 Travis Agg
Wicket keeping – most dismissals
310 Peter Kenyon
176 Grant Elliot
ON THIS ROUND – 42 YEARS AGO – SEASON 1976-77
Geelong Football Club guru Recruiting Manager Stephen Wells was also an outstanding GCA 1st.X1 cricketer for Newtown & Chilwell. He made his debut on this round in 1976-77 against North Geelong and forged a brilliant 1st.X1 career. Playing just 137 games until Geelong Football Club commitments curtailed his career in 1995, he hit 4,627 runs @ 33.3 including the competitions highest score to date of 237 against East-Belmont at Winter Reserve in 1986-87. On three occasions he topped the competition’s batting aggregate for most runs in a season, in season 1983-84 with 649 runs @ 49.9, in 1989-90 with 594 runs @42. 0 and 1991-92 with 515 runs @ 39.6. He unleashed 5 centuries with his powerful stroke play opening the batting and was a member of Newtown’s golden era where he played in 6 premierships between 1979-92.
ON THIS ROUND – 107 YEARS AG0 – SEASON 1911-12
With Geelong’s Arthur Liddicut rewarded after a fine season selected in the Victorian Colts and the Hard Wicket Association hosting South Melbourne in a match at Richmond Crescent, the team staying at the Star Hotel and entertained in the evening at a social in the Sons of Temperance Hall in East Geelong, all eyes were on Corio Oval where England played Geelong being England’s first visit since 1877. Played over two days on 5th & 6th January 1912, admission was a shilling with an extra shilling for horse-drawn carriages. The match generated 189 pounds of which England received 100 pounds with profits paid to the Geelong Cricket & Football Club. The match was a draw, England 8/285 & 4/118 to Geelong’s 277 with Liddicut outstanding in compiling 129. England’s Jack Hobbs failed with 19 but its side was strong, playing Test men Douglas, Mead, Ironmonger & Wooley.