HALL OF FAME
Sydney Cricket Club Hall Of Fame
The Balmainiac Hall of Fame
The Tigers have a long and proud history as one of the oldest and most successful Grade Cricket Clubs within the Sydney Cricket Association.
The Black and Gold tradition has been forged through the hard work, determination and achievements of players since the club’s inception during the 1897/98 season and the Balmainiac Hall of Fame is recognition for those players who have left an indelible mark on the Tigers Cricket Club.
Inductees into the first Balmainiac Hall of Fame group were announced at the Club's Presentation Night on May 28, 2010 at the SCG Long Room.
Sydney Tigers Cricket Club 'Inaugural Balmainiac Hall of Fame' Speech
The Balmain Electorate Cricket Club was founded in 1897-98 and tonight as we sit here at the Sydney Cricket Ground under our new Sydney badge, we will remember and honour some of the greatest players, both men's and women's, who have strode onto Drummoyne or Birchgrove Oval in the Club's proud and illustrious 113 year history.
The Balmainiac Hall of Fame is a way for the Club to recognise the greatest players in its history. Tonight we will induct the first members into this prestigious group.
The Club named a men's and women's 'Team of Champions' in 2010. These 24 remarkable Balmainiacs each played a significant role in shaping the famous 'Tiger Spirit' and bringing wonderful success to our Club.
Our Hall of Fame Men
Our Hall of Fame Men
Albert Cheetham joined Balmain in the 1931/32 season in Poidevin Gray and then progressed through the grades until he made his First Grade debut in the 1934/35 season. He became one of the outstanding players of his era and was selected for NSW in the 1936/37 season. He played 24 matches for NSW during one of its most successful eras.
Cheetham made a wonderful contribution to the success of Balmain's premiership in 1936/37 being the outstanding batsmen, as well as producing a solid effort with the ball. During his Balmain career, Cheetham scored seven First Grade centuries and has a best bowling return of 7-58.
Cheetham pledged his support to the war effort in 1940 and was only seen for a couple of matches thereafter. In 1945/46 he was selected in the Australian Services team which enjoyed great success throughout England and Australia on its return to the homeland.
Bill Donaldson joined Balmain in the 1937/38 season in the City and Suburban side and then progressed to the Fourth Grade team. Surprisingly he did not play Green Shield that season even though he was eligible for another two seasons.
In 1938/39 he again played in the Fourth Grade team, however, was somehow overlooked again for Green Shield. In 1939/40 and still available for Greenies, Bill moved into Second grade, yet did not get selected again in our AW Green shield team. This remains one of the mysteries of Balmain selections.
His First grade debut came in the 1940/41 season and he then became the mainstay of the batting until the end of the 1947/48 season.
After a season at Randwick – residency qualifications applied - Bill returned to Balmain where he continued to contribute to the Balmain First Grade side until the end of the1958/59 season. At times during this later period, he dropped himself to Second Grade to give some of the younger player's opportunities in the higher grades.
Donaldson made two double centuries in his career- 246* in First Grade, which still stands as the clubs highest score in this grade, and 205* in Poidevin Gray - which also stands as our highest score in this grade. He made ten centuries for the Club, and is seventh on the list for most centuries made by a Balmainiac.
Donaldson had by this time drawn the attention of the NSW selectors when he was selected for the state from 1945/46 through to 1949/50. He made two centuries for NSW – one in 1947/48 and the other in 1948/49.
He was selected for the 1948 Australian team to England and received a telegram from Don Bradman CONFIRMING THIS SELECTION. However, his selection was withdrawn when Victoria found that NSW had one more player in the side than their state. Balmain's opportunity to lay claim to an Invincible was stolen, but Bill remains one of the Club's greatest ever cricketers.
David Renneberg started with Balmain in 1959/60 in Poidevin Gray and then progressed through the grades until he made his first grade debut in the 1961/62 season. From there on he had many successful seasons with the club, resulting in making the NSW team in 1964/65 and the Australian Test team in 1966/67 on the tour to South Africa.
His first class career lasted from 1964/65 to 1970/71 whilst his Test career which covered some eight tests lasted the 1966/67, 1967/68 seasons. Whilst he toured England with Australia in 1968 he was not selected for any Tests.
Renneberg took 23 Test wickets, with a best of 5/39. In First Class cricket, he took 291 wickets, taking 13 five-wicket hauls. For Balmain he took 459 wickets, including 324 in First Grade at an average of 18.00 per wicket.
Tony Steele joined Balmain from the Gordon Club in 1965/66 and was an instant success.
Steele was a real leader in the 1967/68 premiership season, the third for the Tigers under captain Keith Stimson. The Tigers have only secured one First Grade premiership since then.
Steele showed so much promise in this premiership year that he caught the eye of NSW selectors and was later rewarded for his success being selected for NSW in the 1968/69 season and after some outstanding performances was selected in the Australian team which toured New Zealand in 1969/70, before playing in the one off unofficial Test.
He also captained NSW during the 1969/70 season. His NSW career was cut short at the end of the 1970/71 season with his business interests taking an increased part of his time. He scored three centuries in the baggy blue.
Steele was a versatile player. An outstanding batsman who scored 11 centuries during his Balmain career, had success with the ball when the occasion arose and regularly filled in behind the stumps.
Arthur Mailey joined Balmain in the 1915/16 season with immediate success, taking 102 wickets at 14.04 – a decent first season!
This performance combined with that of Bert Folkard ensured Balmain won its first First Grade Premiership with Arthur topping the Grade bowling figures for the season.
Mailey went on to take an outstanding 418 wickets at the amazing average for a slow leg break/googly bowler of 17.44. It would have been interesting to see how many Grade wickets he would have taken had he not been required for NSW or Australia so often throughout his career.
Mailey commenced his First Class career for NSW in the 1912/13 season and continued representing the state until 1930. His best bowling of 10/66 is unequalled in first class cricket. Mailey played an incredible 158 First Class matches, and took an equally amazing 779 wickets.
His Test career started in December 1920 against England in Sydney and finished at The Oval in 1926. His best performance was 9/121. In 21 Test matches Arthur took 99 wickets, including six five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket matches.
Following his retirement from First Class cricket Mailey became a famous journalist who wrote on cricket including many Australian tours to England and remains one of the most respected cricket writers of all time.
Archie Jackson joined Balmain at 14 years of age in 1923/24 and played his initial season in Third and Second Grade. In the 1924/25 season Jackson was selected in First Grade at the age of 15, and never looked back.
His performances in the Black and Gold quickly grabbed the attention of the Balmain community and NSW selectors. Birchgrove Oval was becoming a dreaded trip for opposition bowlers.
At 17, Jackson made his NSW debut and within a year he was touring New Zealand with the Australian team, however he had to wait for the fourth Test of the 1928/29 Ashes series to make his Test debut.
He exploded onto the Test scene in spectacular style with a majestic 164, which remains the equal highest score by an Australian on Test debut. He brought his maiden Test century up with an elegant cover drive off the formidable Harold Larwood. Larwood later wrote, ‘'That glorious stroke has lived in my memory to this day for its ease and perfect timing. I am sure that few among the many thousands present sighted the ball as it raced to the boundary.’'
Entering the team at around the same time as Don Bradman, the Australian public were overjoyed with their two new batting prodigies.
Archie was often considered the greater talent and more was expected during his career than Bradman's. He toured England in 1930 and it was on this tour his health began to deteriorate. Returning to Australia, he battled on through illness before playing what would be his last Test innings against the West Indies in Melbourne in 1931.
In 1933, aged just 23 Archie Jackson passed away in Brisbane on the final day of the Ashes Test being played in Brisbane. His body was transported home to Sydney, on the same train the Australian and England Test cricketers were travelling on.
At his funeral, people lined the streets from Balmain to the Field of Mars cemetery to mourn the loss this great hope in cricket. His pallbearers on the day were Stan McCabe, Vic Richardson, Bill Ponsford, Bert Oldfield, Bill Woodfull and Don Bradman.
On his funeral stone one simple message is inscribed – 'He played the game'.
Jackson’s batting was considered one of beauty in the Trumper mould and many thought he would have been the equal of Don Bradman had he been able to fulfil a lengthy career.
Archie Jackson is known as Balmain's 'Greatest Ever Tiger' and has often led to hotly contested debates over what his career would have been like had he remained healthy. He holds a special place in the history of this Club and his deeds in the Black and Gold were brilliant.
In 64 innings Jackson hit 11 centuries and averaged 58.
Greg Hayne made his debut with Balmain in 1986/87 in the AW Green Shield and scored his first century for the club – 106 v Randwick - in the following A.W.Green Shield season. He then moved steadily through the grades until he made his First Grade debut the same season.
The 1988/89 season saw Hayne start in Second Grade and after 115 not out in his second match was promoted to First Grade where he was to stay for the rest of his career. He toured the UK with the Australian Under 19 team in 1989, which included Michael Kasprowicz, Damien Martyn and Matthew Hayden, returning home the Player of the Tour.
Hayne had many outstanding seasons for Balmain, including holding the top three season aggregates in the clubs First Grade history. One of these, 1085 in 1998/99, was also the top aggregate for the SCA for that season.
His prolific run scoring - highest Balmain first grade aggregate 10,285 when added to the 2069 runs he scored at Gordon (1991/92-1993/94) has made Greg the highest run scorer in SCA First Grade history with 12,354 runs.
The record was broken on a sunny afternoon at Drummoyne Oval with a big six off the bowling of Nathan Hauritz and will long remain in the memories of those present. This truly incredible run scoring achievement is always celebrated as a Club.
Hayne scored 25 centuries for the club - 23 in First Grade - but despite his standing in Grade cricket only represented NSW nine times. In 1999/2000 Hayne was finally selected for NSW where he top scored against India with 89 runs.
Hayne is one of the finest players in the history of the Sydney Cricket Club, as well as the SCA competition. He is a fine ambassador for Balmain and a major reason for the success and numerous finals appearances of the Club during his playing days.
Bert Folkard commenced his career with Balmain in the 1902/03 season in Second Grade and was almost immediately promoted to First Grade. His grade career started at 24 years of age and continued to the end of the 1903/04 season where due to work commitments on Saturdays he was unable to play until the 1908/09 season.
So at the age of 30, Folkard set about carving out a brilliant career for himself scoring 5869 runs in First Grade, including two double centuries and 11 centuries. He took 538 wickets at the outstanding average of 18.58. He retired at the end of the 1925/26 season at the age of 48.
Folkard represented NSW on 15 occasions from 1910-1921. The highlight of his career came at the end of the 1913/14 season when he was chosen in the Australian team to tour South Africa. Unfortunately this tour did not take place due to the outbreak of World War I.
Folkard also served on the Club's committee for a number of years as well as being on the team selection panel.
Bert Folkard was made a life member in 1926.
A fast left arm bowler, Andrew Jones joined Balmain in the 1979/80 season and went on to take an amazing 689 wickets for the club. His first season saw the Club take out the AW Green Shield to which Andrew made a solid contribution by way of 14 wickets at 12.64.
Jones made his First Grade debut late in the 1981/82 season and played spasmodically in this grade until he cemented his place in the 1984/85 season.
After returning from a one season stint at Western Suburbs in 1986/87, Jones played First Grade until the end of the 1996/97 season, missing only the 1992/93 season through injury.
Jones took an outstanding 422 wickets in First Grade achieving the notable average of 18.42. During this period he topped the Sydney Cricket Association averages on no less than three occasions. Jones retired for the first time at the end of the 1996/97 season.
Jones then returned from retirement in the 1999/00 season to take 41 wickets in Third Grade to bring his lower grade wicket tally to 277 at just over 14 runs per wicket.
Jones’s purple patch occurred in the 1987-90 period where he represented NSW in two 2nd XI matches and five Sheffield Shield matches. He took nine wickets at 30.55 with a best of 3/18 in the five Shield appearances.
During the Bicentenary Test match at the SCG in 1988, Jones won the Australian Gestetner speed bowling title.
He had one season in the English leagues with Austerlans for whom he took 147 wickets, breaking the great West Indian Sonny Ramadhins record. During that season he also scored 570 runs including two tons.
Andrew Jones also served on the club's executive committee on various occasions during his career.
Keith Herron came to Balmain as a teenager in 1950 and was graded in Fourth Grade.
Geoff Truman was the First Grade and State keeper and Fred Bennett was the Second Grade keeper waiting for his chance in the top Grade. Herron’s talent was recognised immediately and the following season he filled in for Trueman while Herron was on State duties for a few matches.
In 1954-55 Trueman moved from Balmain and Herron was promoted to First Grade, a position he made his own for the next 16 seasons. His tally of 399 catches and 156 stumpings across all grades including 271 catches and 88 stumpings in First Grade speaks for itself.
Unfortunately, on one occasion the State selectors went looking for Herron to replace an injured NSW keeper but he was uncontactable on holidays and the selection went to Doug Ford who then maintained his position in the State side.
Keith Herron was a good club man and served on the Committee for a number of years. When he decided to retire from First Grade, he captained the Fourth Grade for a couple of seasons, passing on his knowledge and experience to the youngsters in that side. For his devoted service to the Club, Keith was made a Life Member in 1979.
Herron’s ability and agility behind the stumps was second to none. With the strength and depth of wicket keepers at the Club during his time, fielding the incumbent NSW wicket keeper in First Grade, Herron was unlucky that he never played at the higher level. He was deserving of that honour.
John Gleeson was popularly known as the ‘mystery’ bowler. He flicked the ball out of his hand with his forefinger but was capable of moving the ball to the off, the leg and straight on. He was extremely hard to read.
He was spotted by Keith Stimson in an inter-city Postmaster General Department carnival. John was stationed in Tamworth and the Club negotiated with the Balmain Leagues Club to enable John to travel to Sydney each weekend.
Gleeson first played for the Club in the third round of the 1965-66 season. The following year he was in the NSW side and the season after that he played his first Test against India in Adelaide with fellow ‘Balmainiac’ Dave Renneberg. He played two series against England and India, and one against the West Indies and South Africa and also in unofficial Tests against New Zealand.
Gleeson’s age was as big a mystery as his bowling but it is true that all his games were played at a mature age! It is not surprising therefore that his career finished in 1972 but his bowling for Australia and NSW was remarkable.
The tour of India and South Africa was under the captaincy of Bill Lawry with Fred Bennett as the tour Manager. Gleeson took 10 wickets in India and 19 against South Africa then against England, he took 29 wickets and 26 against the West Indies.
On a friendly wicket Gleeson was virtually unplayable and on a good strip, the "mystery" bowler had to be closely watched. He was invaluable to his captain for the way he contained batsmen and a close examination of his record shows he got some very famous players under his belt. Boycott, Cowdrey and Fletcher were just three England players who fell victim.
In his first season with Balmain, Gleeson took 41 wickets at an average of 17.55. Due to his NSW and Australian commitments, the Club did not see as much of Gleeson as it would have liked and it is amazing that a player in his thirties had such a remarkable career at state and international level.
A more unassuming man you would never meet.
Neil Maxwell arrived at Balmain in the 1994/95 season after seven seasons with the Northern District club and three seasons in Victoria. After only one season he left Australia's shores to play for Canterbury in New Zealand.
Upon his return in 1998/99, Maxwell captained the first grade team to a premiership and remained captain until the end of the 2003/04 season when he stepped down to Second Grade to mentor the clubs youngsters.
Maxwell scored 4010 runs for the club including 2496 in First Grade at 28.36.
His bowling saw him take 346 wickets for the club including 238 in First Grade at the outstanding average of 17.38. He topped the Second Grade SCA wicket takers in the 2004/05 season with 41 wickets.
Maxwell was a regular in First Class cricket during the 90s, representing Victoria, NSW and Canterbury (NZ), as well as his native Fiji in numerous World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Representing NSW he scored 958 runs at 28.17, amassed 1166 First Class runs at 25.91, took 62 wickets for NSW at 28.17, including a best of 6/56 and 99 wickets First Class wickets at 29.88.
Maxwell was selected for Australia A in a One Day match against the West Indies in 1995/96. He took 2/19 in what was his only appearance.
A fierce competitor and master motivator of his teammates, Maxwell is remembered as a fine leader and ambassador for the Tigers Club. Neil Maxwell has continued to serve the Club in an administrative and executive fashion.
Cliff Winning (Manager)
Cliff Winning is recognised as having an extraordinary career in devotion to his cricket club - Balmain - where his service extended 69 years, a figure unsurpassed in Australian Cricket history.
Winning joined the Balmain District Cricket Club in September 1928 and after a short period in Third Grade was promoted to Second Grade as a 19 year old batsman.
After struggling for a couple of seasons, Winning hit his straps in the 1930/31 season where after good performances in Third and Second grades gained promotion to First Grade for the final match of the season where he managed a confident innings of 24.
Over the next four seasons, Clifford Winning spent time moving between Second and First Grade. He captained Balmain's Second Grade from 1935/36 to 1937/38, however managed to get into the first grade for a short time in 1937/38 when the team won the First Grade premiership.
In the 1938/39 season, Winning was appointed Captain of Balmain's First Grade team, an honour he held until the end of the 1942/43 season. The next two seasons saw him play intermittently and when he returned on a full time basis in 1945/46, he was appointed Captain of the Second Grade team until the end of the 1948/49 season and took out the Second Grade premiership in 1946/47 along the way.
The 1949/50 season and the two following seasons saw Winning play infrequently, however he came back as Captain of the Third Grade side in 1952/53 where he remained a fixture to his retirement from active play in 1957/58. Cliff Winning’s playing period covered an extraordinary 30 years.
During these wonderful 30 years, Winning scored 2385 runs in First Grade and a grand total of 9331 runs, allowing him to be placed fifth on the all-time run scorers list spanning Balmain's 113 year history.
Cliff Winning scored five centuries for Balmain – three in Second Grade and two in Thirds. He achieved the feat of carrying his bat on four occasions in Second Grade - a feat unequalled in the clubs history.
In 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1955/56, Winning was the leading run scorer in the Sydney Cricket Association's Third Grade competition.
In 1950, Winning was appointed a Life Member of the Balmain District Cricket Club for his overall contribution in several areas of the club's activities. However, this did not slow Cliff down!
Apart from playing, Cliff Winning made an extraordinary contribution to the Balmain Club with his work on the Committee of management from 1936 to 1976, Assistant Secretary from 1949-57, Publicity Officer from 1948-1957, Club Coach from 1948 to 1958 as well as a member of the selection committee from 1938 to 1957.
He was appointed the Club's President in 1957 and held this position until 1976 when he stood down in favour of his great friend Fred Bennett.
In 1980, Winning was awarded the highest office in the club, that of Patron, a position he held until 1997. At this time his failing health forced his withdrawal from active Balmain Club life, however he was pleased to witness the 1998/99 First grade premiership victory shortly thereafter.
Players in this side fondly remember going straight to Cliff's house after winning the Belvedire Cup and sharing the moment with him.
During Cliff Winning’s time at Balmain, he enjoyed the wonderful support of his wife Lilian, who toiled away running Balmain's canteen for over 30 years. It was an acknowledged fact in Sydney Cricket circles that Mrs Winning provided the best afternoon teas in Sydney Grade cricket and for this wonderful service, she was awarded Life Membership of the club in 1968.
Clifford Winning's long career and devotion to the Balmain District Cricket Club is unlikely to be surpassed in any sport. To give over 69 years of ones life to the benefit of the Balmain District Cricket Club is extraordinary and we can be assured we will never see the likes of this devoted servant of cricket again.
Cliff Winning surely is 'Mr Balmain'.
Ernie Cosgrove (Scorer)
Ernie Cosgrove’s first ambition was to play cricket for Balmain but after roughly one season, he found that his cricket ability was not as strong as his enthusiasm for the game.
Cosgrove was an above average academic and moved his knowledge and enthusiasm for cricket in a different direction, taking up scoring for which he was an instant success. It was not long before he volunteered to undertake scoring for the games played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. This was in the days before computers and all score books were handwritten.
Cosgrove partnered with the late David Moore of the Gordon CC and together they formed a good combination which lasted for a number of years. As well as scoring Cosgrove became involved in the Balmain Club administration. He became Assistant Secretary in 1976 when Fred Bennett assumed the Presidency and remained in that position until 1980.
After returning from a spell teaching in the country, Cosgrove took over the position of Secretary of the club and remained in that post from 1980 to 1990, then remained on the Committee and became a delegate to the NSWCA in 1990-91.
Throughout these years, Ernie Cosgrove earned a distinguished reputation for his statistical knowledge of cricket and his competence as a scorer.
Unfortunately Ernie's health deteriorated and he passed away during the 2000/01 season.
Our Hall of Fame Women
Our Hall of Fame Women
Belinda Clark was a giant of the Australian game both on and off the field, where she combined the roles of player and captain with that of Chief Executive of Women's Cricket Australia.
Averaging over 50 in Tests and 40 in one-day internationals, Belinda was one of the most prolific run scorers in the women's game.
She holds the record for the highest one day international score, an unbelievable 229 against Denmark in Mumbai and was declared Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998.
Clark was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the January 2000 Australia Day honours list, 'For service to cricket, particularly through the Australian Women's Cricket Team, and to the promotion and development of the game for women and girls.'
Belinda was arguably the most influential cricketer of her era and the Tigers were privileged to have gained from her example.
Although now making her name in coaching circles, Lisa gained her reputation batting at the top of the order for Australia.
She has a top score of 156 not out and also holds claim to the title of being the first woman to score a century at the 'home of cricket', Lord's.
Keightley was described by Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland as, "an outstanding player for Australia over a number of years who has been a wonderful ambassador for women's cricket in this country."
At the time of her retirement she had played more games than anyone else in the Women's National Cricket League for New South Wales (91) and then immediately became the first full-time coach employed by the state after already serving as their high-performance coordinator.
After leading NSW to two consecutive titles, she was then appointed to the role of national coach, becoming the first woman to take on the role.
Lisa was a wonderful servant to the Women's club and her work continues to benefit pl ayers of the future.
Leonie made her international debut after nine years on the state scene. She played in one Test match and 24 one-day internationals.
A compact wicket-keeper, and handy middle-order bat, Leonie's role model was Ian Healy.
Coleman retired from international cricket after the 2009 Women's World Cup and was a long time servant of the Balmain cricket club before moving on to the ACT for the 2009/10 season.
Leonie Coleman's influence on players in her time with the Tigers was invaluable.
Martha represented New South Wales and Australia as a left-hand bat and a right-arm medium-pace bowler.
Her solid batting and bowling meant that Martha was a valuable member of the Women's First Grade side and her work at the Tigers has been of great value to the players around her.
Otherwise known as Patsy May, was one of the mothers of women's cricket in Australia.
She was a right-arm medium-fast bowler who represented Australia several times. One of the three 'Godmothers' of the women's Club, Patsy's influence and determination has helped shape women's cricket in Australia.
Another one of the three 'Godmothers' of the Balmain women's club, Jan represented New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Women's team.
Jan was a right-hand bat and right-arm off break bowler and her hard work in collaboration with Patsy and Ann helped make women's cricket in Australia what it is today.
Julie was an influential member of the Australian, NSW and Balmain sides that she represented.
Highly respected by her peers and opposition, Julie captained NSW to the Women's National Cricket League title and played a pivotal role in the 2005 World Cup victory as a valuable bowler and outstanding fielder.
Julie was a long-term servant of the Balmain Cricket Club.
Christina remains a driving force behind Balmain, NSW and Australian women's sides after a twelve-year State and international career spanning 1983-1995.
Christina was a versatile wicketkeeper and is widely regarded as one of the women's games finest players.
She acted as Balmain's General Manager and helped establish our link with UTS in 2002. She remains involved in cricket and recently helped the Australian women's side, including Balmain's Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, lift the Women's T20 World Cup as assistant coach.
Emma Liddell was an aggressive left arm fast bowler who played three tests and 33 one day internationals for Australia between 2002 and 2005.
She was also part of Australia's victorious 2005 World Cup team. For Balmain, Emma was a regular wicket taker and handy lower order batter.
Ann Mitchell (12th Woman and Manager)
Ann represented NSW for an astounding 17 years. Her amazing achievements were further enhanced by her work off the field in establishing Women's cricket in Australia.
In 1983 Ann, along with Jan Lumsden and Patricia Fayne, formed a club called 'The Graduates'. They approached Fred Bennett and Cliff Winning about becoming associated with Balmain and in 1985 the Balmain Women's club was formally established.
These three women provided the basis for women's cricket to further establish itself in Australia and Ann was acknowledged for her efforts when she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1991 for services to Women's cricket.