Lyndoch’s special celebrations

Country cricket is about community. A key centre for any community during the summer months is a town’s cricket club.

At Lyndoch the cricket club has been a pivotal part of the community for the past 50 years, since it was re-formed back in the summer of 1968-69.

Club president Clive Malsom said the turnout at the recent celebrations was great.

“You could see the patrons and guests reliving the memories, looking at the old score books and the memorabilia,” Malsom said.

“We were able to overcome some adversity with the weather and power issues on the afternoon.  

“I felt we again stood up as a close knit community and club on this special day.

“We celebrated both the past and present players, administrators and supporters though this event.

“Late in the evening the entire group got down on one knee and sung the club song.”

In that first summer season Lyndoch defeated Elizabeth in a grand final triumph.

Four members of the inaugural ‘68-69 flag winning team, brothers Michael and Johnny Koch, Des Hausler and Grant Burge were in attendance.

Lyndoch has a strong cricket history which dates back 150 years to the first recorded game between a team of “married men” playing their single counterparts in the summer of 1868-69, seen as the establishment date of the club.

Upwards of 250 patrons watched the Lyndoch A grade defeat Light Pass on the weekend and enjoy festivities, with afternoon tea provided by the club and many stories recounted over a cleansing ale.

Jordan Zerk, a life member and grandson of one of the club rebirth instigators (Hedley Zerk)  said the day was made even better by the team having a win.

“A lot of the good old blokes came and enjoyed the fellowship and celebrated the history of the club,” Jordan Zerk said.

“The day was made even better by the boys winning.”

The event had its share of issues with the players enduring four seasons in an afternoon and the clubrooms losing power for half the afternoon.

Having made 8/274 the previous week the A grade had Light Pass on the ropes at 5/48 before rain intervened.

The thunderstorms meant nearly an hour of play was lost and umpire Rick Drewer was busy checking the by-laws.

When Light Pass opener Wayne Gripton was the penultimate player dismissed late in the afternoon victory was virtually assured.

Captained by Trent Burge, a quartet of bowlers - opener Will Roberts, Brendan Irvine, Nathan Golding and Adam Elix – all collected a pair of victims, with Light Pass bowled out for 193.

On a special day the Lyndoch A grade won by an 83-run margin.

“Light Pass are a good side and this was a good win for us leading in to the festive break,” captain Trent Burge said.

“We now have a group of one-day fixture one the next five or six round.

“On this special day of celebration it was good that we had a number of contributors with the ball in the win.

“Our A3 had a win had a win as well and A4 match was rained off.

“While we were playing you could hear the buzz of the guys in the grandstand enjoying the afternoon, which really gave us confidence to get the job done.”

Post-game lfe member Chris Bitter made a speech and presented a posthumous life membership to Lindsay Mitchell, which was accepted by his wife, Brenda.