Weston Creek Cricket Club Tour of England


Weston Creek Cricket Club Tour of England

Weston Creek Cricket Club

Tour of England


The Club Management

for 1994-95

Patron: Don Brooker OAM


Executive Committee

President: John Bowdler

Vice President: Colin Hunter

Hon Secretary: Percy Samara-Wickrama

Hon Treasurer: Allan Taylor


Home Ground: Stirling Oval

Teesdale Place, Stirling

Weston Creek


Weston Creek Cricket Club

Tour Brochure 1995

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Weston Creek Cricket Club

Tour of England


"In the end it is only the comraderie of the team,

the life long friendships which you forge,

and the opportunity for interesting sorties

outside the grind of the cricket grounds

which make the experience worthwhile."

(IFJ "Bill" O'Reilly)

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A number of supporters and friends of the Club have made possible this, the

fourth major tour undertaken by the Club in ten years. Without such help and the

willingness of host clubs to accommodate fixtures, a tour of this magnitude could

not take place.

On behalf of the Club and the tourists we extend our appreciation to :

• John Steel of Merseyside and Michael Gauntlett of Richmond, North

Yorkshire for providing much support in arranging some of the games.

• Sir Oliver Popplewell, Messrs Alan Crompton, Geoff Lawson, Graham

Evans and John Bowdler for their kindness in writing for this brochure.

• Chris Moss (Cholmondely CC), Jolm Leggett (Oswestry CC), Eddie McGee

(Upton CC), Pam Woodcock (Driffield TCRC), Norman Pearson (Stamford

Bridge CC), GeofT Gooch (Attenborough CC), Ken Bloor (Plumtree CC),

Stephen Hedderman (Shipston-on-Stour CC), Geoff Calcott (Stratford-upon-

Avon CC), Tony Lurcock (Oxford Down CC), Brian Wijeratne (A

Cambridge XI), John Jameson (MCC), Chris Potter (Old Wellingtonians

CC), Michael Bingold (Bickley Park CC), David Bayfield (Brook CC),

Anthony Newton (Westbury DCC), and Horace Phipp (Lansdown and Bath

CCs) for their help with arranging fixtures.

• Ray Livingstone of Harvey World Travel, Cooleman Court, Weston, for his

patience and help with travel arrangements.

• Anura Samara for providing photographs of the tourists.

• Gary Lowes and his team at Lowes Printers, Garran, for printing this


• Mary Samara-Wickrama and Jenny Shakespear for proof-reading the

material in this publication.

The Editors

June 1995

Tour of England 1995 1


Introduction (Geoff Lawson OAM) 3

Tour Programme 4

Foreword (John Bowdler, President, WCCC) 5

Alan Crompton OAM (Chairman, Australian Cricket Board) 6

Sir Oliver Popplewell (President, MCC) 7

Graham Evans (Chairman, ACT Cricket Board) 8

The Club 10

What is "Weston Creek" 13

Canberra, The Nation's Capital 14

1995 Tourists 16

Tourist Profiles 17

Tours Past 24

Tour of England 1995 3


To tour England as a cricketer is one

of the great joys that this wonderful

game of ours can offer. Whether it be

the village green or the county ground

makes little difference to the

exhilaration that is experienced through

the making of runs or the taking of

wickets and catches when you are

playing against any team that is full of


The greatest tour that an Australian

can be involved in, is of course the

Ashes trip to the Old Dart. I was Geoff Lawson OAM

extremely fortunate as a player to make

three such trips, and, apart from the odd bout of flu and the occasional

Ian Botham onslaught, I always found the crickct enjoyable and the

hospitality overwhelming.

Weston Creek have toured three times before and I dare say that the

stories brought back to Canberra from those trips have surprised, shocked

and enthused many club members. This fourth effort will be no less an

adventure than any of the previous three. Lies will quickly replace facts

when contemplating just how big that six was at Oxford Downs or that

unplayable leg cutter that knocked over the MCC skipper at Shenley.

Anyway, if it didn't happen it should have!

I am always reminded of the old saying "never let the facts get in the

way of a good story" and I am sure that will much be the case when the

tourists return.

The pitches will be different, the outfields soft and short and the joints

will not ache as they do after a hard day on the Antipodean fields. The

weather will not be too hot and the beer not too cold and there will be

plenty of LBWs on the front fool Come to think of it, I wish I was going

as well!!

I wish you every success; remember you are not just representing

Weston Creek Cricket Club but also your country and there will be plenty

of Englishmen looking for revenge after the summer just past.

Good luck, play well, but more importantly, have a great time.

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Tour Programme


1 Arrive Manchester

4 GAME 1 v Cholmondely CC (1.30 pm) at Cholmondely

Castle, Cheshire

5 GAME 2 v Oswestry CC (1.30 pm) at Oswestry, Shropshire

7 GAME 3 v Upton CC (1.30 pm) at Upton, Wirral

9 GAME 4 v Driffield DCC (1.00 pm) at Driffield, Yorkshire

11 GAME 5 v Stamford Bridge CC (1.00 pm) at Stamford

Bridge, Yorkshire

13 GAME 6 v Attenborough CC (1.00 pm) at Attenborough,


14 GAME 7 v Plumtree CC (2.00 pm)at Plumtree, Nottingham

17 GAME 8 v Shipston-on-Stour CC (1.30 pm) at

Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

18 GAME 9 v Stratford-upon-Avon CC (2.00 pm) at

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

20 GAME 10 v Oxford Down CC (11.30 am) at Standlake,


22 GAME 11 v A Cambridge XI (1.30 pm) at Queens College

24 GAME 12 v MCC (11.30 am) at Shenley Cricket Centre

25 GAME 13 v Old Wellingtonians CC (11.30 am) at

Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

27 GAME 14 v Bickley Park CC (2.00 pm) at Bickley, Kent

28 GAME 15 v Brook CC (2.00 pm) at Brook, Hampshire

31 GAME 16 v Westbury DCC (1.30 pm) at Westbury

Aug 2 GAME 17 v Bath CC (2.00 pm) at Bath

3 GAME 18 v Lansdown CC (2.00 pm) at Lansdown

4 Leave London for Sydney

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The Weston Creek Cricket Club is

only 22 years old, but is now

embarking on its fourth tour of

England. That is a sign of foresight

and commitment, and a real love for

cricket in the Club.

John Bowdler

President, WCCC

I am sure that the 1995 tourists will

acquit themselves well, on and off the

field. In fact, it's very hard to

determine which way the balance falls

between on-field and off-field skills -

there is a high level of cricketing

ability in the party, but there are

also some formidable clubhouse


The tours of England have become an important part of the

development of Weston Creek cricket. They have given many of our

members a taste of touring life, of differing cricketing conditions, and of

new opponents. The tours have seen a number of our young cricketers

gain considerably in experience and confidence, and have also contributed

in no small way to Club comradeship and spirit.

I am sure the 1995 Tour will be no exception. We look forward to

welcoming the tourists back for the 1995-96 season, where I am sure their

experiences will be heard by very eager ears, and some of these tales will

become part of the Club's folklore. Of course, we will also be expecting

more runs and wickets as they show us the benefit of their "winter away".

On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank the many hosts who have

agreed to play fixtures or otherwise look after our party. Your support

and hospitality are wonderful gestures and I hope that you too gain from

having the Weston Creek tourists at your Club. Most of all, I trust that

the cricket will be competitive and enjoyable. We would like to see you in

6 Weston Creek Cricket Club


Alan Crompton, OAM


The last 35 years have seen many

changes in the cricket world, not the least

being the opportunity for young and not so

young cricketers to travel the world as only

the Australian Team could do before.

Today, private overseas tours enable so

many more cricketers to enjoy the rich

experiences, cricket and otherwise, that

such tours provide.

Weston Creek Cricket Club, now seizing this opportunity for the fourth time

with a team comprised of players from all six grades, has more than played its

part in achieving this happy state of affairs. I have no doubt this year's tour will

emulate the conspicuous success, on and off the field, of the Club's previous three


The game by its very nature affords ample opportunity for close social contact,

and so much the better when one's opponents are from the home of cricket where

the game's impressive history and tradition will not be lost upon you. The

fellowship which flows from such contact reinforces in us all the conviction that

cricket must continue to be played in the right spirit despite ever mounting

pressures. Weston Creek CC will not be found wanting here!

It is this spirit which attracts Weston Creek CC to touring cricket, which is

most enjoyed when you play to win - but always with a smile on your face! In this

regard Weston Creek CC has its doctorate! No doubt you will thank your hosts

for the opportunity to broaden both their education and yours, because broaden it

you will, and you will all be richer for the fun of meeting.

Having played in Britain on similar tours, including on the beautiful

Stratford-upon-Avon ground, it is with considerable envy that I admit to some

knowledge of what is in store, hi the light of those happy experiences, it seems

superfluous to wish everyone an enjoyable tour, good fellowship and good cricket,

but this I do certain in the knowledge that all will be achieved without difficulty.

Tour of England 1995 7

Marylebone Cricket Club

Lord's Ground


Sir Oliver Popplewell


I am delighted to send a message of welcome to the Weston Creek

Cricket Club. You have a wide ranging itinerary and I know that you will

have a very good time. I hope you will have a lot of good cricket and

particularly some fun.

The visit of any Australian side to England always sets the heart

beating more rapidly, and I know how much you all enjoy beating the


So have a very good time but please, no sledging!

8 Weston Creek Cricket Club

I congratulate the Weston Creek Cricket Club on its fourth tour of

England in July and August 1995. Your Club has taken a number of

significant initiatives in cricket administration and the development of

players in the Australian Capital Territory, and none more so than the

English tours you have arranged.

This year's tour will provide a wonderful opportunity for those Weston

Creek players who have not been to England before and those who will be

returning to play cricket under different conditions. Cricket tours such as

these are a wonderful opportunity to develop friendships and to foster

strong club spirit. It is simply the experience of a life time.

The itinerary for the tour will take you to some wonderful parts of

England, and I am sure the cricket you play will be tremendously


My very best wishes,

Tour of England 1995 9

The tradition

behind us

keeps us

in front.

10 Weston Creek Cricket Club

The Club

Weston Creek Cricket Club has come a long way since its beginnings

in the summer of 1972. At that time,Weston Creek was one of the newer

cluster of suburbs of Canberra with many young couples and their

families establishing their homes. It presented an ideal environment for

the development of a new cricket club, particularly one for children.

During the winter of 1972, a meeting was called by the Australian

Capital Territory Cricket Association to see if there was sufficient interest

in the area to form a junior club. The attendance by about 100 boys and as

many parents attested to a clear need and, at a later meeting, the Weston

Creek Junior Cricket Club was officially formed. Don Brooker, former

long-serving President and now the Patron of the Club, convened this first

meeting and was elected the Club's first President.

During that season, Weston Creek fielded eight teams in the Saturday

morning junior competition. This was the birth of the predecessor of the

Weston Creek Cricket Club. The Club and the area grew rapidly in the

following seasons and it was fortunate that the Australian Capital

Territory Cricket Association commenced a Sub-District competition in

1975-76, just as the Club was facing the dilemma of how to cater for the

older players who were soon becoming ineligible to play in the Junior


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The Club entered two teams in the new Sub-District competition by

the recently renamed Weston Creek Cricket Club One team consisted of

the previous season's Under 16 players led by two of the fathers, while the

other team consisted of cricketers keen to resume their involvement after

a break of a few seasons. Both Ian Phillips and Percy Samara-Wickrama

who are in the current touring party played for the Club in those infant

days. In that initial season, neither team achieved any great distinction

on the field but a tradition of off field social activity was firmly


1977-78 season saw the first premiership win by a Weston Creek side

when the team lead by Ian Phillips won the City & Suburban competition.

That was also the season when the Club gained the lease for Stirling Oval

which has become the centre of Weston Creek cricket. Eighteen years

later, the ground looks a picture with lush green outfields surrounded

with many native eucalypts and shrubs. A thriving licensed club and all

weather practice facilities add much to the sporting facilities in the


The Club was granted First Grade status by the Australian Territory

Cricket Association in 1979, just seven seasons after its inauguration. The

Club has always been an innovator, thanks largely to the foresight,

dedication and attention to detail of two people, Don Brooker and longserving

Honorary Secretary, Percy Samara-Wickrama.

In 1982, the Club was the first in Canberra to invite an English

professional player - Terry Davies of Glamorgan came to coach and play

in the first grade team. Since then, with the assistance of generous

sponsors, the Club has been fortunate to gain the services of John

Abrahams (Lancashire CCC) for three seasons; John Carr

(Middlesex CCC) and Stuart Fletcher (Yorkshire CCC) for a season each.

All have made outstanding contributions both on and off the field.

The Club boasts the longest running cricket club magazine, "Cover

Point", which is in its 17th year of continuous publication.

The Club is extremely proud of several of its members. The best

known product of the Club is Michael Bevan who learned his cricket with

Weston Creek from the age of ten. Other notable players who started their

cricket at the 'Creek were Peter Bowler who has made a name for himself

in the English County Championship and Huntley Armstrong who was

selected in the Australian Under 19 side and later represented South

Australia in the Sheffield Shield Competition.

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In 16 seasons as a first grade club, Weston Creek has won the coveted

Club Championship on five occasions and many Premierships. Not in

their wildest dreams did those who attended that first meeting in 1972

imagine that, twenty two seasons later, the Club would be providing

modified ("Kanga") cricket for 125 boys and girls in the ages of 7 to 10,

junior cricket for around 200 boys in various age competitions, fielding

seven senior teams including a womerfs team or indeed making its fourth

tour of England, a feat no other club has achieved.

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after 16 seasons)














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What is "Weston Creek"?

Weston Creek is a group of suburbs located about seventeen

kilometres to the south of the centre of the City of Canberra. Weston

Creek takes its name from George Edward Weston, a former officer in the

East India Company, who arrived in Australia in 1825 and was granted

farming land in 1841 by the New South Wales Colonial Government.

Weston Creek was designed as a new satellite town to house a population

of 30,000 people.

The eight suburbs were named after the following: CHAPMAN (Sir

Austin, 1864 - 1926, First Government Whip in the Federal Parliament.);

DUFFY (Sir Charles Gavin, 1816 - 1903, a federalist, Premier of

Victoria); FISHER (Andrew, 1862 - 1925, Prime Minister of Australia

1910 - 1915); HOLDER (Sir Frederick William, 1850 - 1909, First

Speaker of the House of Representatives); RIVETT (Sir David 1885 -

1961, Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial

Research Organisation in 1927); STIRLING (Sir James, 1791-1865, First

Governor of Western Australia, established Perth and Fremantle);

WARAMANGA (an Aboriginal tribe in Central Australia); and

WESTON (Commemorates the former Homestead named after George


The first land development began in Waramanga in 1968 and cricket

was played in the area in 1971. Soon after that the Weston Creek Cricket

Club was formed. Stirling Oval, the Club's home ground was established

in 1977 and the occasion was marked by a game of cricket played between

The Presidents XI, which included Chris Cowdrey, of Kent and England

and an Invitation XI which included many Canberra cricketing


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View of the Parliament House during the Festival Week.

Canberra, The Nation's Capital

Canberra, the capital of Australia, a tiny Territory within the State of

New South Wales is home to both Weston Creek Cricket Club and the

Nation's Seat of Government.

The City of Canberra nestles amongst the gentle, forested hills and

grass-lands at the foot of the Great Dividing Range some 300 kilometres

south-west of the Sydney Cricket Ground and about 650 kilometres northeast

of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 330,000 Canberrans who come from many ethnic groups enjoy

four distinct seasons: hot summers, balmy autumns, crisp and bracing

winters and colourful and cool springtimes. Unlike most other cities in

Australia, Canberra is a city scattered through expanses of lush parklands.

Modern impressive buildings merge harmoniously with millions of native

gums and exotic trees, lakes, parks and other recreation areas.

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An ancient aboriginal word for "meeting place", Canberra is situated

on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River which meanders its way for

nearly 2000 kilometres through the states of New South Wales, Victoria

and South Australia before it finally empties itself into the Pacific Ocean

near Adelaide.

As the Seat of the Commonwealth Parliament and its several

government departments, many Canberrans are civil servants or are in the

armed forces. The official residences of the Queen's representative, the

Governor General, and of the Prime Minister are also in Canberra.

Nearly seventy five foreign countries have their diplomatic missions

located in Canberra, many of their buildings reflecting the architectural

and cultural flavour of their homelands which add to the cosmopolitan

atmosphere of the city.

As well as being the administrative capital, Canberra has of recent

times become the sporting capital of the nation with the establishment of

The Australian Institute of Sport, a training centre for the country's young

elite athletes - the envy of other nations.

Canberra's summer sport is cricket. Eight grade clubs each fielding six

teams participate in the various grade competitions staged by the

Australian Capital Territory Cricket Association. Some 4000 boys and

girls from the ages of 7 to 16 years play each summer Saturday in various

age competitions under the umbrella of the ACT Cricket Association, on

some 200 playing fields scattered around the suburbs of Canberra.



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Contact Geoff or Jenny on (06) 292 5600

5 Dundas Court, Phillip, ACT.

Phone or Fax (06) 281 0204

1995 Tourists

(Standing L to R) Andrew Heathwood, Ian Phillips, Jamie Taylor, Ron Shean, Ramesh Wijeratne, Keith

Parker, Rohan Samara, Gerard Oakes, (Seated L to R) Percy Samara-Wickrama (Manager) Chris Akers,

Asoka Wijeratne, Ross Ord (V Capt) Phil Shakespear (Capt) Bruce Robertson, Brian Ward, Peter Howes,

(Not in Picture) Ken Anderson.

Tour of England 1995 17

Tourist Profile



A middle order right handed batsman and a

nagging medium pace bowler, Phil will be

making his second tour of England. Although

he took time adjusting to the slower English

pitches, he made 199 runs last tour and was

involved in three major partnerships. Phil has

been a member of the Club since the age of 11,

and was vice captain of the premiership

winning 4th grade team last season. Pursuing a

degree in Administration at the University of

Canberra, he is still under 30. Phil is currently

employed with the Department of

Employment, Education and Training, and has

spent a year in the Australian Embassy in



Vice Captain

As captain of the Club's sixth grade team, Ross

won the 1993-94 Premiership. Although he

claims to have made over a thousand runs in

his career, his main asset in any team is as an

accurate medium pace bowler who has taken

140 wickets since joining the Club in 1984.

After retiring from the Royal Australian Air

Force as a Wing Commander, Ross is now

working in the area of Vocational Training

with the National Training Board. As one of

the more mature members of the touring party,

he says that he was born in tire year the war


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The sort of player every team should have.

With an unorthodox approach to batting, Chris

has been the saviour of many a game. Since

joining the Club in 1989, he has made over

1800 runs which included a century and many

scores of over 50. A silent supporter of the

Club, his poultry business is one of the Club's

major sponsors. Due to business pressures he

missed the last tour but this is one tour he has

vowed to enjoy off and on the field. A

tremendous team man, he is on the right side

of forty - just.


A hard hitting early order batsman, Ken is a

useful change bowler. He played his early

cricket in Melbourne alongside the likes of

Rodney Hogg and Gary Cosier before moving

to Queensland where he played representative

cricket on the Sunshine Coast. He joined the

Club towards the end of the current season in

order to qualify for the tour and made a quick

83 on his debut. Born about the time Don

Bradman retired, Ken is a holiday tour

operator on Fraser Island, Queensland.


At 20, Andrew is one of two youngsters in the

side and helps lower the average age of the

tour party to below forty. Joining the Club as a

nine year old, he has played all his cricket with

the 'Creek. An effective early order bat,

Andrew's leg spinners have not yet been used

to advantage. Affectionately known as

Gnomie, he is reading for a degree in

accountancy at the University of Canberra. He

recently qualified as a member of the ACT

Cricket Umpires Association, and has a level 1

coaching certificate.

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After playing many seasons with Northern

Districts CC, Peter joined the 'Creek for the

1994-95 season and won the 4th Grade

fielding award. The front line wicket keeper of

the party, he usually plays in the Club's middle

grades and bats just before sundries. He

recently celebrated a mile-stone by recording

1000 nins - not in a season but the aggregate

over ten seasons. An administrator with the

Canberra Institute of Technology, and bom just

before the War, Peter was 46 when he made his

debut in first grade for Northern Districts.


A right arm medium pace bowler, Gerard will

be one of the new-ball bowlers on tour. During

his eight seasons in senior cricket with the

Club he has played in all grades except 1st,

and has taken over 150 wickets at an average

of 15. With his batting average at just half

that of his bowling, Gerard will be keen to

\vag the tail' with a view to adding some

respectability to his batting. In his mid

twenties, Gerard is more often seen than

heard. He has obtained an Honours in History

from The Australian National University and is

currently working at the University.


When 19, Keith's benevolence and club spirit

earned him the honour of life membership of

the Sports Club. As a medium pace bowler

with best figures of 7 for 22, his relatively

short career with the club has produced around

100 wickets at 16 apiece including a hat-trick.

An officer with the Australian Customs

Service, he is using the tour to signal his return

to regular cricket following several years'

absence. Fluent in Japanese, Keith introduced

cricket to Japan during one of his recent visits.

He is thought to be nearer thirty than forty.

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Ian was the first Weston Creek CC captain to

lead a premiership winning team back in the

1977-78 season. Now an established member

of the Club's veterans competition, Ian is a

middle order batsman. As a teacher at the local

secondary college, and a strong supporter of

Weston Creek cricket, he has helped many a

young cricketer into the senior grades during

the early years of the Club. These days he is

better known for his theatrical productions, a

talent which may be evident in his demands of

the umpire. Ian is ageless but is reported to

have been born in the year Test cricket

restarted after the war.


The opposite of Gerard Oakes, Bruce is often

heard but not easily seen. An occasional

wicket keeper and a middle order bat who

jealously guards his wicket, he has helped in

many a late order match winning partnership.

Since joining the Club in 1989 he has played

in eighty games and made nearly 1400 runs at

an average of around 22. During his stint as

captain of the fifth grade he brought a no

nonsense approach to the game and carried

home several trophies. A Flight Lieutenant in

the Royal Australian Air Force, he is on the

other side of thirty.


A 20 year old left handed opening bat, Rohan

was a member of the 1991 touring team to

England when he was 16, and is one of the two

'experienced' tourists in this team. An

aggressive fielder, Rohan joined the Club at

the age of 9 and played most of his cricket with

the Club apart from the years he played for

Radford College. Training for a career in

hospitality management at Canberra's Hyatt

Hotel, he will improve the average age of the

tour party.

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A country boy from the New South Wales rural

town of Boorowa, Ron is expected to share the

new-ball on tour. A player who thrives on

pressure situations, Ron has been consistent

with the ball since he joined the Club in 1989.

In the short time he has played for the 'Creek

he has taken over 100 wickets at a shade under

20 apiece. A Telecom technician born in the

sixties, Ron is reputed to be partial to a drop of

the amber liquid and is looking forward to

sampling the English beer irrespective of its



Brought up in the New South Wales south

coastal town of Bega, Jamie, at 22 years of

age, is the third youngest member of the

touring party. A. regular member of the Club's

fifth grade team, he is an accurate medium

pace right arm opening bowler. He is fighting

for Peter Howes' batting spot which is just

after the 9th wicket. Since his brother's return

from the 1991 tour, Jamie has been saving

towards this tour. When not playing cricket he

works as a horticulturist.


Born in South Africa, Brian played much of his

cricket in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

As a school boy he represented his Province

under the captaincy of Graham Pollock. Since

coming to Australia his studies in Theology

and missionary work in Manila prevented him

from playing much cricket. Since joining the

Club in 1987 Brian has made over 2800 runs

at an average of 25.6 with a highest score of

157* Brian set a new Club record when he

made 730 runs at an average of 40.5 in the

1990-91 season and won the Club batting

award. A public servant, Brian was born in

the early 1940s.

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Asoka played his early cricket with

Cumberland CC and University of New

South Wales CC in the Sydney grade

competition with players like Mark Ray and

Geoff Lawson and against many Australian

and Sheffield Shield players. He was a

member of the University of NSW first grade

premiership winning side. An early order

stylish left hand bat [according to him the

only way] with a passion for hooking, Asoka

is a senior engineer currently managing

Canberra's modern water treatment facility.

Born during the reign of Len Hutton, Asoka's

all round ability and cricket knowledge will

be a great asset on tour.


Ramesh started his cricket at Royal College,

Colombo, in Sri Lanka. Later playing 'A'

division competition for several seasons with

Nondescripts CC, his work as an automotive

engineer took him to the Middle East where

he continued his cricket in Dubai. An

allrounder who bats left hand and bowls

right arm, Ramesh arrived in Canberra at the

start of the 1994-95 season. In the handful

of games played this season, Ramesh has

scored close to 200 runs. Bom around the

same time as his cousin Asoka, Ramesh is

expected to be one of the quiet acheivers on





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Dedicated to the game, Percy has been in

cricket administration with the Club for

eighteen seasons as the Honorary Secretary.

During that period, he has been instrumental

in introducing many trends into the Canberra

cricket scene. He has devoted many years in

the development of junior and youth cricketers

in the Club. This is the fourth tour of England

arranged and managed by Percy. An academic

with a Civil Engineering background, he is a

family man whose great passion is cricket and

collecting cricketana.



John, who lives in the Wirral, has been an

associate member of the Club for over ten

years and is a full member of the Association

of Cricket Umpires and Scorers and an

Associate Member of NSW Cricket Umpires

Association. He umpired in the Sydney

competition during a season when he was an

exchange teacher with Sydney Grammar

School. He stands regularly in the Liverpool

Competition and umpired in the 1988

Golden Oldies Festival in Brisbane. John

joined the 1991 tourists and stood in nearly

half of the games on that tour

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24 Weston Creek Cricket Club

Tours Past

One man's dream, determination and his efforts supported by a couple

of other Club members brought about the first cricket tour of England by

Weston Creek Cricket Club, in 1985. That dream has created a Club

tradition - a tour to England by Weston Creek Cricket Club every three to

four years. It is a big undertaking, nearly two years of planning and

preparation before each tour and, in the end, an experience of a lifetime

for those lucky enough to be a part of the experience.

The inaugural tour took place ten years ago in June 1985. Sixteen

players, two managers and a sixteen year old girl who was the Club's

scorer went on an eleven match tour. Of the nineteen tourists, only two

had played cricket in England or indeed visited that country before. The

rest were looking forward to the new experiences that lay ahead and to

playing cricket in the land where the game was born.

The second tour was very different. In many ways it would not have

been possible to repeat the experiences of the first one. There were several

players who wore the "been there and done that" banner. The word had

got around about the fun, the cricket and the hospitality. The 1988 tour

had to be bigger and better.

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For the first time, MCC offered us a game and we played eighteen

games in all. Club members were lining up well before tour plans were

laid. The final line up was much younger and stronger in cricketing

terms, than the first. All they wanted to do was play as much cricket as

possible and to enjoy the unbeatable English hospitality. They had little

time for the historic places as they went from one game to another and

came home unbeaten.

The third tour in 1991 could be termed "a tour of Roman Britain". The

itinerary took the tourists through Bath, Chester, York, Norwich and

London. This time seventeen games were played with the tour starting in

Bath. As before, the games were most enjoyable with the host clubs going

out of their way to entertain the tourists. In one case, the Mayor and the

Mayoress of the Borough hosted the lunch and the Australia - Britain

Society once again put on a garden party after another. Many new clubs

were included in the itinerary and many more new friendships

established. Are there better friends than those who played and loved


All tours took in some of the most beautiful parts of England, the

Cotswolds, the Wye and the Avon valleys, the hills and dales of Yorkshire

and of course the historic Roman and Viking cities of yester-year.

Interwoven through it all were the games of cricket played on some of

the most picturesque grounds in England and against a variety of clubs

and, without exception, against very charming opponents.

The camaraderie engendered through living and playing together over

a period of time away from home has enriched the lives of those who took


Summary of Tour 1 - 1985


v OLD WELLING TON IANS CC at Wellington College,

Crowthorne 6th August fOWCC won by 115 runs]

OWCC; 175 [H Salmon 52, Millikin-Smith 40, Haslem 35,

E Rooney 3-25.P Bamforth 3-42, D Lovett 3-31]

WCCC; 60 [J Waldron 19, G Spackman 4-6, J Kelly 4-21]

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Seated (1 to r) Paddy O'Brien, Greg Rouse, Percy Samara-Wickrama (Manager) John Waldron

(Capt) Chris Body (V Capt), Don Brooker (Manager) Roger Lonie, Laurie O'Mara. Standing

(1 to r) Matthew Collins, Kelvin Brown, Graeme Drew, Eammon Rooney, Paul Evans, Clive

Jones, Dean Lovett, Mark Whatmore, Paul Bamforth, Col Kelaart.


v IN VITA TION XI at Paddington, Maida Vale, London

7th August [WCCC won by 9 wickets]

INVITATION XI; 131 [J Bennett-Briggs 55, A Nelson 25,

C Body 3-8]

WCCC; 136 [C Kelaart 72*, L O'Mara 30, C Body 25*]

GAME 3 v LANCASHIRE CCC (Club & Ground) at Old Trafford

11th August [Match abandoned due to rain]


v OXTON CC at Townfield Lane, Birkenhead, Mersey side

13th August [WCCC won by 5 wickets]

WCCC; 121 [P Evans 39, G Rouse 22, Fell 2-8]

OXTON CC; 116 [Pickering 46, K Brown 4-12, G Rouse 4-31]

GAME 5 v NESTON CC at Parkgate, Neston, Cheshire

15th August [Neston won by 5 wickets]

WCCC; 167 [Kelaart 35, G Drew 42, G Rouse 36, Halsell 5-53]

NESTON CC; 5-171 [K Peers 66, J Fennah 65]

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v INGHAM CC at Ingham Norfolk

21st August [WCCC won by 11 runs]

WCCC; 155 [Jones 65, Rouse 37, P Meir 5-47, Gillman 4-34]

INGHAM CC; 144 [Dodd 28, Hobday 42, Brown 5-20]

GAME 7 v SUFFOLK XI at Saxmundham, Suffolk

22nd August [Suffolk won by 6 wickets]

WCCC; 6-189 [Evans 81, Jones 96]

SUFFOLK; 4-195 [Barker 56, Morgan 79, Parker 45]



Colchester 23rd August [Colchester won by 49 runs]

COLCHESTER; 7-155 [Beals 58*, Morgan 30, Hilliand 22,

Brown 3-30, Bamforth 3-63]

WCCC; 106 [Drew 40, Body 19, Parsloe 5-26, Hall 3-30]


v UNITED CA VALIERS CC at Honor Oak Park, London

27th August [WCCC won by 3 wickets]

UNITED CAVALIERS; 132 [Green 58, Nelson 25, Pinnock 20,

Whatmore 4-12]

WCCC; 7-133 [Kelaart 49, Jones 61, Nambhard 3-31]

GAME 10 v THE CRICKET SOCIETY at Chestfield,

Kent 28th August [WCCC won by 62 runs]


WCCC; 5-208, [Kelaart 93*, Evans 66]

THE CRICKET SOCIETY; 146 [Allen 41, Lovett 3-13,

M Collins 3-36]

Summary of Tour 2 - 1988

GAME 1 v MCC YOUNG CRICKETERS at South Hampstead,

London 28th June [Match abandoned due to rain]

GAME 2 v RADLETT CC at Cobden Hill, Radlett, Hertfordshire

29th June [Match drawn]

WCCC; 9-196 [P Evans 42, E Mackenzie 24, P Seberry 28,

M Garrity 32, T Morris 49, Jenkins 7-52]

RADLETT CC; 8-123 [Smith 27, Palisi 3-20]

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Seated (1 to r) Dean Lovett, Wal Hall (Flayer Manager), Paul Evans, (V Capt.) Chris Body

(Capt) Percy Samara-Wickrama (Manager), Alex Simmons. Standing (1 to r) Doug Wesney,

Scott Evans, Paul Palisi, Michael Garrety, Tim Morris, Peter Seberry, Shelby Rainey, Matthew

Hardy, Hugh Abrahams, Ewan Mackenzie. (Not in Picture) Hugh Abrahams.

GAME 3 v OLD WELLINGTONIANS CC at Wellington College,

Crowthorne Berkshire 30th June [WCCC won by 5 wickets]

OWCC; 147 [R Dyer 62, T Morris 5-43J

WCCC; 5-152 [S Rainey 40, P Seberry 24, T Morris 29*,

H Abrahams 21*]

GAME 4 v MORETON CC. at North Moreton, Oxfordshire

1st July [WCCC won by 115 runs]

WCCC; 4-307 [Rainey 64, Body 85*, Abrahams 86,

Simmons 43]

MORETON CC; 192 [C Warren 24, C Batten 20, M Howett 29,

B Staveley 37, Palisi 3-53]

GAME 5 v WESTBURY CC at Westbury, Wiltshire

3rd July [WCCC won by 40 runs]

WCCC; 8-171 [P Evans 80, H Abrahams 30]

WESTBURY; 131 [K Wright 22, M Calloway 37,

A Elliot 29, D Calloway 20, Lovett 3-24, Abrahams 3-18]

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GAME 6 v ADASTRAL & OLD BOTLEY CC at Bradford-on-Avon,

4th July [Match abandoned due to rain]

GAME 7 v BRADFORD-ON-A VON CC at Bradford-on-Avon

5th July [WCCC won by 239 runs]

WCCC; 8-306 [Evans 30, Rainey 50, Body 65, Garnty 21,

Mackenzie 27, Morris 46, Abrahams 25, S Evans 26

C Watts 4-44]


GAME 8 v CIRENCESTER CC at Cirencester, Gloucestershire

7th July [Match drawn]

WCCC; 7-145 [Abrahams 40, Body 23, Wesney 40*]

CIRENCESTER CC; 4-58 [P Vincent 23*, M Hardy 3-30]

GAME 9 v OLD PA TESIANS CC at Wignet Ground, Gloucester

8th July [WCCC won by 7 wickets]

OLD PATESIANS; 142 [J Tegg 21, T Williams 31,

M Nasser 30, Lovett 3-42, Hardy 3-34]

WCCC; 3-143 [P Evans 29, Abrahams 66*, P Carter 3-33]

GAME 10 v DRIFFIELD CC at Driffield, Humberside

10th July [WCCC won by 5 wickets]

DRIFFIELD CC; 8-186 [P Woodcock 22, G Drury 22,

A Towse 20, P Lacey 56, T Towse 27, T Morris 5-57]

WCCC; 5-189 [Mackenzie 35, Body 23, Abrahams 23,

Morris 7 1 *, C Sharp 3-43]

GAME 11 v NESTON CC at Parkgate, Neston,

12 July [WCCC won by 6 wickets]


NESTON CC; 150 [D Berstock 21, P Cooke 26, R Davies 49,

Hardy 4-28, Mackenzie 3-42]

WCCC; 4-151 [P Evans 36, Mackenzie 44, Morris 59*]

GAME 12 v OXTON CC at Townfield Lane, Birkenhead,

13 July [WCCC won by 157 runs]


WCCC; 7-267 [Evans 132, Body 24, Seberry 33, Morris 41]

OXTON CC; 110 [Crawley 32, Wood 24*, Palisi 3-25]

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GAME 13 v CHOLMONDELEY CC at Cholmondeley Castle Park,

Malpas, Cheshire 14th July [Match drawn]

WCCC; 7-328 [S Evans 106, Hall 85, Garrety 20, Wesney 47,

P Cooke 3-70]

CHOLMONDELEY CC; 7-215 [Cliff 65, Moss 21, Wills 36]

GAME 14 v A REPTON XI at Repton School

16th July [Match drawn]


WCCC; 193 [P Evans 69, Hall 29, D Hand 5-67]

REPTON XI; 2-131 [Williamson71 *, Jermon 46]

GAME 15 v INGHAM CC at Ingham, Norfolk

18th July [WCCC won by 11 runs]

WCCC; 7-179 [P Evans 21, Mackenzie 35, Morris 47,

Wesney 23]

INGHAM CC; 168 [Ormiston 93, Mackenzie 8-48,

Morris 2-64]

GAME 16 v A CAMBRIDGE XI at Histon, Cambridgeshire

20th July [Cambridge won by 5 wickets]

WCCC; 1-220 (P Evans 69, S Evans 100*, S Rainey 43*]

CAMBRIDGE XI; 5-223 [Smallwood 90*, Palisi 3-53]

GAME 17 v SEVENOAKS VINE CC at Sevenoaks, Kent

23rd July [Match abandoned due to rain]

Summary of Tour 3 - 1991



1st July [WCCC won by 4 wickets]

BATH TJNI; 7-145 [Lumsden 38, Adams 29, Dilena 2-30.

Evans 2-13]

WCCC; 6-147 [ R Samara 41, P Martin 37, R Lonie 24,

Didimus 2-3, Clark 2-34, Ellison 2-54]

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Seated (1 to r) Percy Samara-Wickrama (Manager), Allan Taylor, Chris Body, Peter Seberry

(V Capt), Roger Lonie (Capt) Chris Burgess, Scott Evans, Darrin Griffith. Standing (1 to r)

Rohan Samara-Wickrama, Peter Martin, Jon Delina, Greg Seberry, Phil Shakespear, Sean

Mowbray, Davis Hazell, Ewan Mackenzie, Chris Browning.


v LANSDOWN CC at Lansdown

2nd July [Match drawn]

LANSDOWN CC; 7-200 [Lamb 74, Lynch 51, Dilena 3-31,

Hazell 2-45]

WCCC; 9-156 [Evans 54, Jones 3-17, Cox 2-18, Barnes 2-25]


v BATH CC at Bath

3rd July [Match drawn]

BATH CC; 172 [Angel 36, Sadgrove 37, Smith 49,

Dilena 4-38, Mackenzie 4-55]

WCCC; 9-113 [ Dilena 23, Martin 20, Angell 4-40]



5th July [Match drawn]

WCCC; 210 [Hazell 54, Lome 71, Body 44, Gill 2-37]

WESTBURY DCC; 7-128 [Newton 20, Dilena 4-10]

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GAME 5 v CHOLMONDELEY CC at Cholmondely Castle, Cheshire

8th July [Match drawn]

WCCC; 227 [G Seberry 33, Taylor 33, Hazell 84*,

Waterworth 3-45]

CHOLMONDELY CC; 9-148 [N Bellis 34, Moss 24, Jones 23,

Mackenzie 3-41]

GAME 6 v OSWESTRY CC at Oswestry, Shropshire

9th July [WCCC lost by 4 wickets]

WCCC; 206 [P Seberry 67*, Mackenzie 32, Burgess 28,

Evans 4-53, Phillips 3-19]

OSWESTRY CC; 6-209 [Humphries 49, Wanless 55*,

Mowbray 2-62, Mackenzie 2-52]

GAME 7 v NESTON CC at Parkgate, Neston, Cheshire

10th July [Match drawn]

NESTON CC; 3-198, [Barber 57, Ennion 57, A Bass 51*,

Mowbray 2-17]

WCCC; 8-192 [Evans 45, Delina 39, Mackenzie 22,

Burgess 22, M Bass 2-32, Ennion 2-27]

GAME 8 v DRIFFIELD TCRC at Kings Mill Rd. Driffield,

Humberside 14th July [WCCC lost by 18 runs]

DRIFFIELD TCRC; 7-213 [M Drury 43, R Drury 43, G Drury 28,

Hazell 4-59]

WCCC; 6-195 [Hazell 59, Body 67, Shakespear 29*, Pratt 3-76]

GAME 9 A TTENBOROUGH CC The Strand, Attenborough, Notts

16th July [WCCC won by 25 runs]

WCCC; 5-233 [Taylor 114, Body 51, Mortimer 2-44]

ATTENBOROUGH CC; 208 [Brick 72, Murray 56, Beecham 40,

Evans 3-20]

GAME 10 v DEREHAM CC at Dereham, Norfolk

18th July [WCCC won by 39 runs]

WCCC; 6-195 [Martin 43, Shakespear 28, Mackenzie 18*,

Samara 18, Browning 18]

DEREHAM CC; 156 [Livermore 80, Ellison 30, Browning 4-36,

Mackenzie 3-42, Mowbray 2-30]

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Hall, Norfolk 19th July [WCCC lost by 42 runs]

NORFOLK YC; 6-272 [Biss 65, Parks 51, Amoss 69,

Mowbray 2-64, Browning 2^13]

WCCC; 6-230 [P Seberry 41, Evans 42, Lonie 52*, Delina 35*,

White 2-73, Amoss 2-39]

GAME 12 v INGHAM DCC at Ingham,

22nd July [Match drawn]


WCCC; 8-252 [G Seberry 53, Mackenzie 35, Dilena 78*,

Wiseman 2-27]

INGHAM DCC; 4-195 [Burton 30, Peek 51*, Dwyer 31,

Dilena 2-21, Mackenzie 2-52]

GAME 13 v MCC YOUNG CRICKETERS at Barkley's Bank Ground,

South London 24th July [Match abandoned due to rain]

MCC YC; 6-279 [Daley 111, Chadwick 44, Pratt 24]

WCCC; 0-82 [Burgess 35*, P Seberry 40*]

GAME 14 v OLD WELLINGTONIANS at Crowthorne, Berkshire

27th July [Match drawn]

OWCC; 2-295 [Sale 77, Wagham 154, Hodgson 31*]

WCCC; 6-224 [Shakespear 57, Body 47*, Mackenzie 50*,

Moss 4-89]

GAME 15 v BICKLEY PARK CC at Bickley Park, Kent

29th July [WCCC won by 6 wickets]

BICKLEY PARK CC; 7-207 [Nash 42, Bunn 38, Bentley 28,

Mackenzie 3-67, Browning 2-45]

WCCC; 4-209 [Hazell 94*, P Seberry 51, Mackenzie 30*]

GAME 16 v RADLETT CC at Cobden Hill, Radlett,

30th July [Match abandoned due to rain]


WCCC; 3-66 [Lonie 42*, Taylor 17]

GAME 17 v ROYAL AIR FORCE CC at Brize Norton,

31st July [WCCC lost by 119 runs]


RAF CC, 6-220 [Lumb 73, Riddell 37, Phillips 28*,

Mackenzie 2-27]

WCCC; 8-101 [Taylor 19*, Lonie 18*, Whybourne 3-8]

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Good Trip

Bon Voyage

Gute Reise





Weston Creek Cricket Club touring team

A Successful and Enjoyable Tour

to England

in 1995



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