Chairman John Miller and CEO James Allsopp reflected on not just the many challenges of the last year, including bushfires, smoke, hail and COVID-19, but on the very significant achievements too. Highlights included having close to 6,000 people attend Manuka Oval for Australia v Bangladesh Women’s T20 World Cup match; Western District taking home 11 of 15 Men's Premierships; Eastlake winning both the Glenda Hall Shield and Lynne O'Meara Cup; hosting Manuka’s first ever Men’s T20 International; Maitlan Brown’s selection in the Australia squad; and having the ACT reinstated into the Australian Country Championship and the National Under 15s Competition.
Several elections were held, with the following board members being elected unopposed:
- John Miller was re-elected as Chairman, having held the position since 2016
- Greg Badcock and Sean Michelle (Treasurer) were elected as Directors
- Liz Barrington was elected as Chairperson of Women’s Cricket Committee
- Narelle Smith was elected as Chair of the Junior Cricket Council
- Terry Keel was elected as Chairperson of the Umpires and Scorers Council, following the recommendation from the Umpire and Scorers Council
The board also thanked the outgoing Chairperson of the Umpires and Scorers Council, Paul Edwards, for his efforts in the position.
Transfer of Life Membership
Given the inroads the sport has made, genuinely becoming a sport for all and seeing a huge increase in female participation in the ACT, the board sought and received approval to transfer the Life Memberships of Margaret and Brian Hall from the ACT Women’s Cricket Association to Cricket ACT for their long-time service to women’s cricket.
Vale Colin Hassall
The board acknowledged the passing of Cricket ACT Life Member Mr Colin Hassall, having only recently become aware of the loss. Chairman John Miller paid his respects in a speech that celebrated Colin’s life in cricket.
Colin Hassall was born in Adelaide on 30 September 1940. He started playing as a student at Adelaide Boys High School in the 1950s and later played with such international players as Gary Sobers, Barry Richards, Ashley Mallett and Terry Jenner.
In 1979 Colin transferred to Canberra for his employment in the Commonwealth Public Service. He played his first game there at the age of 39 in Second Grade at the commencement of the 1979/80 season, and duly the trophy for the bowling average that year (and many others that followed). In 1980 he was approached to nominate for the then ACT Cricket Association Executive and was duly elected, becoming Treasurer in 1981. When it was decided to reinstate the PM’s XI fixtures in 1984, Colin and three members of the Executive, including the then-Chairman, Greg Lord, spent many long hours planning the event. The first PM’s XI match was held on 24 January 1984 against the West Indies, with the Association selling 17,906 tickets (it was estimated that about 3,000 more people climbed over or under the fence). Colin went on the manage the PM’s XI teams for the next 25 years.
In 2008, Colin was awarded Life Membership for his service to ACT Cricket. Colin and his wife, Gail, moved to Port Macquarie in 2008 for another adventure in life and more time on the golf course. Colin passed in Port Macquarie on 15 April 2020 following a long battle with cancer and is survived by his wife, Gail, his daughters, Keryn and Nicole, and four grandchildren.
Bronwyn Calver Inducted as Life Member
Bronwyn Calver became Cricket ACT’s latest Life Member, after nomination by the Board. Lifelong friend, coach and former teammate Jodie Davis, gave a fantastic speech in celebration of Bronwyn’s cricket career.
Born on 22 September 1969, Bronwyn started playing cricket in the 1980/81 season at the age of 11 for Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club (now North Canberra Gungahlin Cricket Club). She represented the ACT from 1983 – 1995 at national level, scoring 1,518 runs at 28.11 and taking 100 wickets at 19.39. In 1991, Bronwyn was selected to represent Australia, matching the achievement of her friend (and later coach) Jodie Davis who played for Australia in 1988. From 1991 – 1998, Bronwyn played three Tests against England and 34 One Day Internationals which included two World Cups (1993 and 1997), with Australia being crowned champions in the latter edition.
In 1995, ACT withdrew from senior national competition and in 1996, Bronwyn was selected to play for NSW in the WNCL. From 1996 to 2004, Bronwyn scored 509 runs at 18.85 (including two half-centuries) and took 95 wickets at 22.96. Over eight seasons, she played 80 matches and won seven WNCL titles. Bronwyn was then enticed out of retirement in 2006 to help the fledgling ACT team prepare for its entry into the WNCL in 2009-10. She still plays the game to this day.
2019/2020 Annual Report Released
The AGM also saw the release of the 2019/20 Cricket ACT Annual Report, which includes an overview of all aspects of Cricket ACT over the last 12 months. The report is available online here.