From grassroots to greatness: The Sutherland DCC Team of the Half-Century

Sutherland DCC Team of the Half-Century in batting order.

Click to view Sutherland DCC Team of the Half-Century in batting order.

The Sutherland District Cricket Club this year celebrated their 50th anniversary by announcing their inaugural Team of the Half-Century, with each team member in attendance being presented a specially commissioned honours cap by life member Tom Iceton.

The only criterion for selection was that players should have played a minimum of 25 matches for the Club (effectively at least two seasons). The selection panel was Evan Atkins, Bob Duff and Tom Iceton, who have a combined 27 years’ experience as Chairmen of Selectors between 1984 and 2013. The team in batting order is (statistics current to 6th March 2015): ·

JOHN DYSON

John played 143 first grade matches for Sutherland, scoring 4331 runs at 36.70. In first class cricket, he played 156 matches for 9935 runs at an average of 40.22, while his Test career spanned 30 matches, in which he scored 1359 runs at 26.65, with two centuries. ·

ANDREW HILDITCH

Andrew played 93 first grade matches for Sutherland before he moved to Adelaide, scoring 3107 runs at 32.71. In first class cricket, he played the same number of matches as John, 156, and marginally eclipsed him with 9962 runs at 37.88. He played 18 Test matches for 1073 runs at an average of 31.56, with two centuries. ·

NORM O’NEILL

After playing for St.George for the bulk of his career, Norm joined Sutherland when the club was formed, as the inaugural first grade captain. He played 28 matches for Sutherland and scored 1087 runs at an average of 37.48. When combined with his St.George stats, his first grade record is 4966 runs at 53.98. He played 188 first class matches and scored 13859 runs at 50.95 with 45 centuries, while in 42 Tests, he scored 2779 runs at 45.56, with 6 centuries.

PHIL JAQUES

Phil is the leading first grade run-scorer for Sutherland, with 9383 runs in 203 matches at an average of 45.77. This includes 21 centuries, the highest being his remarkable 321 in 2006-07, the second highest score in the history of Sydney grade cricket (second only to Victor Trumper’s 335 in 1902-03). He played 200 first class matches and scored 16035 runs at 48.30, with 44 centuries. His Test career, disappointingly cut short by injury, comprised 11 matches in which he scored 902 runs at 47.47, with three centuries.

STEVEN SMITH

Steve has played 68 first grade matches so far, scoring 3149 runs at an average of 49.20 – the highest average of any player to have scored at least 1000 runs in first grade for Sutherland. He has also taken 96 wickets in first grade at 28.77. His first class career currently stands at 69 matches for 5536 runs at 51.26 with 17 centuries, plus 58 wickets. In his 26 Tests, he has scored 2304 runs at an average of 52.36, with 8 centuries.

RODNEY DAVISON

The captain of the club’s initial first grade premiership side, Rodney played 97 first grade matches for Sutherland, in which he scored 4030 runs at 40.30. For all clubs in Sydney & Brisbane, he scored 13583 runs in first grade, with 30 centuries. He played 39 first class matches for NSW, scoring 2300 runs at 35.38, including a century on debut.

STEVE RIXON

Steve played 69 first grade matches for Sutherland, scoring 2210 runs at 31.13 and effecting 117 dismissals as wicketkeeper. He played 151 first class matches, scoring 4303 runs at 23.13 and making 460 wicketkeeping dismissals.This included 13 Tests for 394 runs and 47 dismissals.

TED COTTON

Ted joined Sutherland from Paddington and played 77 first grade matches. He scored 1799 runs at 25.34 and took 179 wickets at 15.60. This included a first grade century and 9-24, the best bowling figures in first grade for the club. When his Paddington figures are added, he had the remarkable record of 7568 runs at 28.03 and 587 wickets at 18.12. In an era when NSW was extremely dominant during the 1950s, Ted played 6 first class matches for NSW.

MARK CHAPMAN

Mark played 158 first grade matches for Sutherland, scoring 1344 runs at 16.19 and taking 296 wickets at 26.38 with his left arm spinners.

STUART CLARK Stuart played 123 first grade matches for Sutherland, scoring 1076 runs at 11.96 and taking 332 wickets at 16.81. He played 113 first class matches, taking 393 wickets at 27.53. This included 24 Tests in which he took 94 wickets at 23.86.

GLENN McGRATH

Glenn played 56 first grade matches for Sutherland, scoring 129 runs at an average of 6.79 and taking 140 wickets at 16.81. He played 189 first class matches, in which he took 835 wickets at 20.86. He played 124 Test matches, taking 563 wickets at an average of 21.64 – the highest aggregate by a pace bowler in Test history.

TONY CLARK (12th Man)

Tony played 214 first grade matches for Sutherland (the most first grade matches played for the club), scoring 4392 runs at 22.07 and taking 360 wickets at 21.68. He made his first grade debut on the 22nd of February 1986 and is still playing first grade 29 years later, for the Blacktown club (having also played for Campbelltown-Camden after he left Sutherland). He became only the second player to play 400 first grade matches in Sydney grade cricket earlier this season and his career record now stands at 410 matches, 7231 runs and 623 wickets.

Source: Sutherland DCC website

The Sutherland DCC Team of the Half Century with their albion honours caps, including Steve Smith, Phil Jaques, Stuart Clark, John Dyson.

The Sutherland DCC Team of the Half Century with their albion honours caps, including Steve Smith, Phil Jaques, Stuart Clark, John Dyson.

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