Monday , September 25 2017

The Early Years

For sixty years, the community of Collaroy Plateau has been represented in the Manly Warringah Cricket Association by the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club. This is an achievement that Club members are justifiably proud of as the continuity of the Club is an historic reflection of the growth and development of Collaroy Plateau itself.

Life member, resident and historian Milton Lidgard recollected the beginnings of the Club in the 1964/65 C.P.C.C. Annual report:
“The enthusiasm for cricket generated by Chip Browne and Vic Huxley in the local youngsters found its outlet with them playing in the streets after school with the typical fruit case wicket. One such group played regularly that summer of 55’ near the first streetlight in Essilia Street up from Ramsay St (now Acacia), even after the lights came on.

Some of the boys were Dennis Robbie, Bruce Shearer and a long legged boy in shorts – Ken Hunt. Ken fell for cricket and in no time spread the enthusiasm of the boys to a group of bigger boys, per many rounds at the Local with the result that the first Annual General meeting of the Boy’s Club, held at Vic Huxley’s home and attended by those stalwarts of cricket, Des Sainsbury and Alex Anderson, accepted an adult team and changed to the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club.

Two teams were entered, the boys under Vic in 4th grade and Chip Browne took the adults into 3rd grade. The team selected for the first match in 3rd grade and advertised in the Manly Daily no less was Chip Browne, Keith Sedgewick, Ken Hunt, Jack Lloyd, Norm Stephenson, George Turner, Ray Horton, Jack Eaton, Milton Lidgard, Barry Harland, Peter Bond and Frank Huxley.

By the end of this season it was apparent that a playing field should be developed on the land in Blandford St. Council was asked to acquire the land from the Estate of the late Jessie Green. Thus began the Club’s efforts for the creation of Plateau Park, and with tremendous Executive Committee led by a very hard working President in Barry Harland, the solid foundation of our Club organisation was laid”.

CPCC AGM circa 1963 - Ken Hunt, President addresses the meeting in the Youth Club
CPCC AGM circa 1963 – Ken Hunt, President addresses the meeting in the Youth Club

During the early years, 1950’s through to 1963, the park was but a small clearing with half a concrete wicket left by an anti-aircraft unit that was stationed there during the war years. Club members shaped a field of sorts and in 1963-63 season, with the support of Councilors Beverly Job, Des Sainsbury, Col Huntington and Gavin Gracie, the ground was ready for official play.

Since that time the Park, under the watchful gaze of the Watertower, has been the venue for many years of Collaroy Plateau cricket. Almost since the community of Collaroy Plateau first became conscious of it’s own existence, has the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club been a part of many Plataen’s lives. For most, the Club has provided a convenient opportunity to participate in cricket for the enjoyment of playing the game and being around friends. For a select few others, it has been a place to develop and test skills from a young age in the hope of playing at a higher level.

1954 – Meeting held at Vic Huxley’s house in 96 Blandford Street. Decision made to form CPCC.
1955/56 – Foundation Season. First match at Dee Why Oval (3rd Grade) & Mona Vale (Boys team)
1956 – First AGM
1956/57
1957/58
1958/59
1959/60
1960/61
1961/62
1962/63 – ‘Onoto Pen’ Club Champions
1963/64 – Plateau Park completed & ready for play

1973/74 – Mick Riggall sets Club Record for highest score in an innings with 169 at Balgowlah Oval.

1977/78 – U10 Premiers. Team coached by Frank Stanton. Players include Rob Minnett, Col Huxley, Bob Vere & Greg Luckman
1980? – Club incorporated

1995? – Cricket nets redeveloped with ‘Coca Cola’ cash for runs promotion & matching Council grant
1996? – Cricket ground named ‘Vic Huxley Oval’ after one of the Club’s founding fathers

1998/99 – Bob Williams takes his 1000th wicket for the club. Paul Brown equals Mike Riggall’s record for most runs in an innings with 169 in A2s at Lake Park.

2000/01 – First outright A1 Premiership
2004/05 – 50th Anniversary Season. CPCC’s first overseas tour to England
2006/07 – A1 Premiers
2007/08 – Dave Moss breaks Mike Riggall & Paul Brown’s club record of 169 by scoring 179 in a 35 over one day game at Vic Huxley Oval.

2008/09 – CPCC’s first international player. Junior Mikaela Turik selected for Canadian Women’s team
2009/10 – 2nd England tour with matches also in Singapore & Amsterdam. CPCC enters Masters Team in Sydney Masters Competition

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