Lyndoch cricket celebrates 50-year history mark

The Lyndoch Cricket Club has been a pivotal part of the community for the past 50 years, since it was re-formed in the summer of 1968-69.

On Saturday, upwards of 250 patrons watched the Lyndoch A grade defeat Light Pass and enjoyed festivities with many stories recounted over an ale.

Club president Clive Malsom said the turnout at Saturday’s 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 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.”

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

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.

“It was a fantastic day of celebration.

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

The event had its share of issues with the players enduring four seasons in one day 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 with a lengthy break.

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 into the festive break,” captain Trent Burge said.

“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 the 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, life member Chris Bitter made a speech and presented a posthumous life membership to Lindsay Mitchell, which was accepted by his wife, Brenda.  

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.