Ron Collett, past player of Burwood Socials Cricket Club, passed away aged 68 years on 24 December 2021.
In his youth Ron lived at 6 Gillard Street, a big six across Burwood Highway to Burwood High School and Burwood Teacher’s College (now Deakin University).
Ron first joined our club’s junior ranks in 1967-68 whilst also managing one game for the First XI in this debut year. He was a power hitting batsman and medium pace swing bowler. Like several of his team-mates at the time he reveled in striking the ball big and long. He was also destructive when handed the new ball with bags of 8/54 and 7/24 being his best senior figures.
Recollections of his second season in the Under 16’s, with our club’s inaugural games in BHRDCA, are worth re-telling.
Ø In round 1 against Blackburn North Ron only needed two overs to snare 6/4 to enable outright points in our debut game in BHRDCA. On the way home he hung out the window of the car advising any vehicle passing of the feat. “Six for Four” was bellowed out. Not sure anyone recognized what the shout and six fingers raised meant! (Although if you watched Scott Boland’s efforts in the Ashes this week you would!)
Ø The following match we had to supply a substitute fielder against Box Hill North. Ron was told that if he tried to smack a maximum the substitute was under instructions to make a genuine effort to take a catch. Sure enough that was the way he was dismissed - trying to match the Gardner brothers.
Ø The St Clair family house at 2 Bennett Street was the meeting place for the Under 16’s in that season and sure enough there was some practice on the extensive concrete driveway. At least it was permitted until Ron speared in a bouncer straight through the lounge room window.
Fond memories of his cricketing life, Rest In Peace Ron.
Played 1967/68 to 1973/74 - Matches 64
Runs 1,279 (Best 86, 5 fifties)
Wickets 144 (Best 8/54, 7 bags of 5)