NOVEMBER 8, 2019
Although it is early in the season, my opinion of the “TEAM OF THE SEASON TO DATE” as at the end of round three is as follows, in batting order…
A. Barrow (12th bat)
Bell Post Hill
G.Chisholm (12th bowl)
Newtown & Chilwell
Danny Hughes is selected at all-rounder and no 8 in the batting order due to past years triumphs with the bat. He has not batted this season due to his teams dominance.
Both Andy Hughes and Mathew Lineker can bowl part-time spin if required.
Watch out in the future for dark-horse Glenn Talarico, following his 6 wicket haul last round.
Leopold is the only club devoid of a player in the team to date.
Only 3 players are in this year’s team who were in the final team of last season, being Andy Hughes, wicketkeeper Inglis and Danny Hughes. The absentees this year are – Sean O’Neill who is injured and hasn’t played this season, Richie Oliver, Geelong City in Div.2, Leigh Kentish & Barry Tsitas (retired), A.Willerton (returned to England) and on form, Weigl, Fergusson, Williams & Yelland.
What do the GCA and the Great Ocean Road have in common? There was a modest GCA 1st X1 cricketer who played 5 games in 1899-1900 with a return of 87 runs @ 12.4 by the name of Howard Hitchcock. The Great Ocean Road started its massive construction exactly 100 years ago in November 1919, built by 3,000 soldiers returning from the atrocities of World War 1 over the next 20 years by pick & shovel.
Howard Hitchcock went on to be Geelong’s mayor between 1917-1919 and, in possession of 3 small photos in France depicting a sheer cliff that had been excavated over 28 years to build a landmark road. From that inspiration he convinced the Victorian Government to build the Great Ocean Road!
Aaron Finch, before the three T20’s against Sri Lanka, vowed to lift his side up the T20 rankings from then fourth to top and thus rank higher than the current top 3 of England, India & New Zealand. Australia started off with 3 crushing victories, with Dave Warner unbeaten in his 3 innings totalling 217 runs to collect 3 man-of-the-match trophies and man-of-the-series. Finch was the only Australian dismissed more than once - for 64,0 & 37, including a first ball duck in game 2. Although considered the best T20 batsman in the world with the record score of 156, he has made 4 ducks in T20 cricket, but in clearing the MCG fence 3 times this series, he now has the most sixes (87) of any Australian batsman, ahead of Shane Watson.
The ACB announced there would be no Test cricket in Australia for the season. The season was dominated on and off the field by Don Bradman who was appointed by the ACB as a Test selector. Don Tallon, in the Oldfield/Kippax/Bradman Testimonial match made 146 of his side’s 192 in a tied match. Bradman’s last appearance was at the Adelaide Oval in the Arthur Richardson Testimonial match where he made a scratchy 30, not unexpected for a 41-year-old with no recent batting practice. Bradman was knighted in the New Year honours for services to cricket. Young all-rounder Richie Benaud made just two runs and did not bowl in the state match, NSW v Queensland.At GCA level on this 1948-49 round, Geelong Footballers CC disbanded and Valley Mills took its place. Also the GCA amalgamated with the Senior Matting Cricket Association. The opening match was dominated by Frank Pike (197) & Jack Sing (137no) in a 2nd wicket GCA record partnership (to this day).
The final round saw the retirement of under-armer George Smart who played in the inaugural GCA season of 1896 to its temporary demise in 1913. He was the first of only 3 bowlers ever in GCA 1st X1 cricket to capture all 10 wickets in an innings. In 1907-08 he took 10/68 against Belmont (who only played one season of 1902-03). Smart was a trifle unlucky in 1903-04 with 9/40 against Geelong, with the last batsman run out. Then he blew a