Date of Event Burwood District Cricket Club: Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:58PM























 Lindsay Cannan was a budding sportsman at Yarraville Christian Brothers College in the early sixties. He shone at cricket and table tennis. The Parish priest arranged for former English speedster Frank “Typhoon” Tyson to conduct a coaching clinic for the promising lads in the parish community. Impressed by Lindsay’s front foot skills Frank dug one in to assess his work on the back foot and hit Lindsay straight between the eyes. After he was lifted to his feet Lindsay was happy that he had obeyed the commandments of his father – “keep your eyes on the ball”. It was a setback to his cricketing career.


After much thought “Cannanball” decided that perhaps he should focus on his studies and his other ball sport – table tennis. It was less dangerous! The paddle bat sport brought him a long-term list of honours within suburban Melbourne and he even thrashed a future Australian Table Tennis champion and Olympian Mark Lavelle. (Lavelle was only aged 10 at the time.)


St Augustine’s Church shadows Lindsay’s primary and secondary schools in the western suburbs. Prominent amongst their alumni is the legendary “Mr Football” Ted Whitten (321 VFL games), an icon of interstate footy. The soon-to-be Pope John Paul II ( Karol Józef Wojtyla) during a visit in early 1978, no doubt due to his love of sport, made sure that he inspected “St Gus” church and the schools of sporting luminaries Ted and Lindsay.



(1972-73 premiership team -  Lindsay is in the back row on the right hand side.)


Friday night drinks are a regular CBD celebration of the “end of a hard week’s work” in Melbourne. At a Christmas 1972 event Lindsay bumped into Steve Kelleher who encouraged Lindsay to join the ranks of Burwood Socials CC. Obviously a good story must have been sold by Steve as Lindsay had no hesitation in motoring his purple striped Monaro from Footscray to Burwood (and further into the eastern environs) each Saturday in early 1973. Lindsay was slotted into the marauding Eichler third eleven. The Saturday morning “frosties” at the Burvale pub was certainly attractive to him. The team thumped all teams at the end of the season and snatched the pennant. Lindsay was 12th man and performed his task magnificently. His figures of 0 runs, 0 wickets and one catch failed to depress his contribution spiritually and enthusiastically.


There-after Lindsay featured as a mainstay of our fifth and sixth elevens. He was prepared to take on any role that his captain or team needed.

ü  See off the new ball

ü  Grab the keeping gloves

ü  Field at Short Leg

ü  Even take the new cherry (but didn’t happen as the spectators walking around the ground would have been under threat!)


The premiership in the Fifths (C2) 1984/85 was a highlight. The side worked really well as a team with everyone contributing throughout the season. Our opening batsmen Bob Naismith and Ross Stewart Junior were crucial figures in the success with an incredible three consecutive opening stands of over 100 runs for Round 11 and both finals.   (Grand Final BDCC 6/200 – R Naismith 74, R Stewart Jnr 37 defeated Mitcham 196 – G Petersen 4/14.)


Captain Bill Webster mentions in the Annual Report of that year – “I was lucky enough to share the fielding award with Lindsay Cannan. Lindsay had a good season keeping for us and his efforts during the semi-final summed up his season. A good clubman, it was a pleasure to have Lindsay in the side.”



(1984-85 premiership team -  Lindsay is in the back row second from the left, wearing the shades.)


Another highlight was captaining the fifths in 1987-88. He wanted to encourage the junior players and often made himself the 12th man if that meant that a young player would get some match experience. Overall, he thrived on the tactical nous of the game and he could still have an input from the boundary line. If you could picture him sitting in his beach chair on the boundary with his esky full of cool drinks passing on message to the closest fielder. “Gee, they were great days, I got a sun tan, kept cool and was still involved in the game. If I stayed in Melbourne my career could have gone on forever.”


(Lindsay trialling his beach chair)


Lindsay loved the club and stayed with us until 1988 when business took him to Sydney. “There are more catastrophes in northern states than in the south” which meant that if his insurance career as a Commercial Property Assessor (Damage Assessor/Loss Adjuster) was to advance, he needed to be closer to the action. So off to Sydney it was to be in the ranks of the suits at Suncorp.     


Nowadays – Lindsay has retired and lives in Maitland, 32 km NW of Newcastle. His kids live in the surrounding area. He still has family living in Melbourne.





Played             Games             Runs                Wkts                C/Stps


1973-1988      110                 1,182               3                      45/6              


Ian Scholefield

15 January 2022



Take note - Lindsay is paying a visit to Hartwell Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon 26 February.

(This has been deferred from the earlier date proposed.)


All friends are welcome to come along and relish a tinny with him.




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