Nunawading Cricket Club

Nunawading CC have lost two club legends and terrific blokes in Ian Rowe and Alex Culvenor who both passed away in June. 2019.

 

Vale Ian Rowe

 

 

Nunawading Cricket Club is saddened to announce the passing of Ian Rowe, peacefully on June 4th 2019

Ian played local cricket in Brighton before Wendy and he moved to Nunawading in January 1957 upon which Ian was encouraged to join Nuna by near neighbours Tom Tunne and Ken Rout.

A strike bowler of left-arm-medium spin, when it was Ian's turn to bat at No. 11 our wicketkeeper would start putting on the pads as he knew it would not be long before we would be fielding.

Ian's individual highlights are extensive and include:

. TA Reeves Trophy1970-71

. 1960-61 50 wickets @8.5

. 1965-66 41 wickets at 7.8.Took 7-33 in GF

. 1966-67 55 wickets at 10.4. 4 wickets in GF and six 5 wicket hauls including in the semi-final he took 8 for 46 against Forest Hill. He also took a hat trick in a match against Mitcham where he finished up with 6 for 19

. 1967-68 46 wickets at 9.3 incl 6/74 in the semi and 6 for 32 off 14 overs in the GF

. 1968-69 50 wickets at 9.8, 6/74 in the GF

.Ian retired in 1969, then returned to take 10/51 for the game in GF outright win

. 1970-71 37 wickets at 10.05

. 71-72 took 7/37 one game

. 72-73 took 8-54 for the BHRDCA vs FTGCA

. 73-74 retired again

. 77-78 Shield Seconds BHRDCA and Nuna bowling averages

In a Grand Final Ian opened the bowling in the second innings with an old ball and captured a hat-trick in the first over. The opposition were all out for about 35

Ian played in 5 First XI Premierships: 1960-61, 65-66, 66-67 68-69 and 73-74 and was made Life Member in 1970.

His '‘bowling partner in crime at the other end' was Mick McLachlan and he served as Treasurer for 8 years. Ian and Wendy hosted many social events including carpet bowls.

After cricket, Ian joined the Mitcham bowling club where sporting acquaintances were renewed with several cricket club members, George Dolan, Ken Rout, Jack Kelly, and Bruce Robertson.

Ian is very fondly remembered by all as a true gentleman and wonderful family man. Vale Ian and thank you for all you did for our club over many years.

There are not many around Nuna who don’t think that Ian was the finest spin bowler to ever wear the purple and gold and his statistics bear witness to this fact. Ian took 476 First XI wickets at 10.2 with 5 or more wickets on 32 occasions and a career best 9/44.

Ian is a member of the Nunawading CC Team of the century but, more importantly, is remembers as a ghrweat bloke, a real gentleman and a wonderful family man.

 

Vale Alex Culvenor


Nunawading Cricket Club is saddened to announce the passing of Alex Culvenor who died peacefully on Monday June 10, 2019.  Alex was a Life Member, 4 year Club President (from 1962-63) and member of 18 years standing.

Alex and wife Joan moved to Nunawading in August 1948. Alex started at Nuna the following season remembering that he introduced himself to Ted Aumann on September 17, 1949 at the Nunawading Ground in Silver Grove. He was captain of our 1957-58 Premiership team, the first of the Nuna Era of Domination and he played in 3 First XI Premierships, also captaining in 58-59 (the year in which he received Life Membership) and was vice-captain in the 1960-61 premiership. After the 60-61 Premiership, celebrations were held at Alex and Joan's place in Station St, Nunawading. Their home backed on to a creek into which Bob Saker fell during the celebrations :)

Alex's individual highlights include 157 retired v St Peters in 60-61 and a 180 in 62-63. It was during this season that Alex unsuccessfully approached the Nunawading Council to install a turf wicket at Silver Grove.

Alex’s favourite cricket memory at Nuna was in a final when “the opposing batsman objected strongly to Keith Fitzgerald’s bowling. Keith was tall and quick and was accused of bowling bouncers to the point that we [Nuna] were threatened with the reporting on Keith to the umpire (Fred Watson). I, as captain, replied that I would not give them the satisfaction and replaced Keith where-upon the vocal offender was bowled first ball by the reliever”.

Alex and Joan retired to Newstead in 1980 where they both spent the rest of their lives. Alex was a regular attendee at our Presentation Nights over the years and would travel down from Newstead for the events with Joan and later, one of his daughters. A true Nuna champion, we say vale Alex and pass on our condolences to his family.

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