During the 2007/08 season, we ran a number of initiatives to celebrate our 50th year as a Cricket Club in the SSJCA. The first of these was the selection of the All Time Best EDCC 16A Team. The team was selected by a number of long serving EDCC members, going back through all 50 years of records. The team was announced at the Trivia Night in February 2008.
All Time Best EDCC 16A Team
The team in batting order:
- Barry McManus (64/65) (C)
Stats:R/H Bat 578 @ 72.25, R/H Off Spin, 37w, SSJCA Champion 64/65Notes:
Brilliant stroke maker when facing opening fast bowlers, top off spinner and great leader of teams, also top fieldsman in any position
- Jay Davis (02/03)
Stats:R/H Bat 525 @ 58.34, R/H Leg Spin 18 @ 11.89, Club Champion 02/03 & SSJCA Champion 02/03Notes:
Opening batsman with a fine array of shots, good leg spinner and great cover fieldsman
- Chris Lake (93/94)
Stats:R/H Bat 510 @ 63.75, R/H Medium 19 @ 11.47, Club & SSJCA Champion 93/94Notes:
Brilliant number three or four bat that dominated all bowling attacks, excellent first change bowler
- Ryan Shepherd (01/02)
Stats:R/H Bat 533 @ 59.22, R/H Fast – Back injury did not bowlNotes:
SSJCA & Club Champion. Classy and powerful number three batsman that was capable of intimidating the opposition, tearaway fast bowler and brilliant 1st slip specialist
- Nathan Morando (88/89)
Stats:R/H Bat 354 @ 37.33, R/H Medium 30 @ 12.76, Club & SSJCA Champion 88/89Notes:
Brilliant hard hitting top/middle order batsman and deceptively quick bowler
- Ben Marciante (06/07)
Stats:L/H Bat 464 @ 58, R/H Medium 19 @ 13.74 Club & SSJCA Champion 06/07Notes:
Dominant & elegant top order bat and more than capable opening or first change quick swing bowler
- Glen Anderson (79/80)
Stats:L/H Bat 379 @ 37.9, L/H Finger Spin 45 @ 11.86, Club Champion 78/79, 79/80Notes:
Top quality all rounder, attacking middle order batsman and accurate left arm finger spinner with a deceptive faster delivery
- Stephen Wishart (73/74)
Stats:L/H 334 @ 47.71, L/H Spin 20 @ 10.75
Club Champion 73/74Notes:
An attacking middle order batsman and top spin bowler. Excellent fieldsman in all positions
- Brett Johnson (74/75) (vc)
Stats:R/H Bat 326 @ 32.6, Wicket KeeperNotes:
Top class wicket keeper brilliant to spinners, solid batsman that could cover any batting position, renowned for keeping one end safe, also an exceptional captain.
- Daniel McLauchlan (93/94)
Stats:R/H Bat 419 @ 52.38, L/H Fast 16 @ 9.63Notes:
Hard hitting middle order bat and exceptionally talented left arm swing bowler
- Wayne Wishart (77/78)
Stats:R/H Bat 347 @ 49.57, R/H Fast 28 @ 8.46, Club Champion 77/78Notes:
Great fast bowler able to swing or but balls either way, also handy lower order batsman
- Ian Cranston (73/74)
Stats:R/H Bat, R/H Medium 40 @ 9.85, Club Champion 72/73Notes:
Handy lower order batsman, excellent swinger of the ball, both ways. Top fieldsman.
Keeper – Brett Johnson
Coach – Stuart Slack / Harry Robbins
Graeme Beames (73/74), James Bills (03/04), Peter Bland (81/82), Craig Brownscombe (94/95), Dean Ferguson (74/75), Chris Gaskell (79/80), Greg Goodman (90/91), , Steven Gorry (78/79), Derek Heslehurst (91/92), Peter Noakes (73/74), Craig Parsons (85/86), Robert Rushbourne (64/65), Dean Russell (80/81), Cameron Turner (03/04), Steven Urquhart (79/80), Daniel Ward (06/07), John Westlake (82/83), Trent Woodhill (86/87).
All Time Best EDCC A1 Team
The team in batting order:
- Barry Blanchard (Captain & Wicket Keeper)
Stats:L/H Bat & Wicket Keeper. Best Seasons: 1968/69 (A1) . 585 runs & 27 catches & 9 stumpingsNotes: Club Champion 1970/77. Left hand opening bat and brilliant wicket keeper that took most bowlers over the stumps. Played first grade as a youngster with Paddington in the early 1960.s then after playing for the Dragons returned to 1st grade with Petersham at the age of 42.
- Robert Rushbourne
Stats:R/H Bat & R/H Fast Bowler. Best Seasons: 1970/71 (A1) . 659 runs @ 50.69 & 42 wicketsNotes: Club Champion 1969/70. Regarded as the Club.s greatest all rounder Robert could bat anywhere in the top order. An outstanding fast bowler and brilliant fieldsman.
- Ray Noakes (Vice Captain)
Stats:R/H Bat & Leg Spin Bowler. Best Season: 1968/69 (A1) . 739 runs @ 67.02 Notes: Club Champion 1972/73. Recognised as the Club.s best batsman Ray’s hard hitting style destroyed many bowling attacks. His handy leg spinners made him a formidable all rounder.
- Clem Heffernan
Stats: R/H Bat & Wicket Keeper. Best Season: 1974/75 (A1) . 414 runs @ 82.80 (SSCA record)Notes: Club Champion 1974/75. A stubborn top order bat and a more than capable wicket keeper. Captained numerous A1 sides.
- Greg Heffernan
Stats: R/H Bat. Best Season: 2004/05 (A1) . 508 runs @ 56.46Notes: Club Champion 1982/83, 1991/92 & 2004/05. Dragon.s greatest clubman playing 32 consecutive seasons from 1973 until 2005. Outstanding stroke maker and brilliant fieldsman.
- Drew Lake
Stats: L/H Bat & L/H Medium Fast Bowler. Best Season: 1994/95 (A1) . 463 runsNotes: Club Champion 1995/96 & 2005/06. A long-standing member of Dragon.s A1 sides. Destructive middle order bat and handy quick bowler.
- Paul Cameron
Stats:R/H Bat & R/H Off Spin Bowler Best Season.s: 1997/98 (A1) . 351 runs & 2002/03 (A1) 30 wickets @ 12.43Notes: Club Champion 2002/03. Possibly the Club.s greatest fieldsman Paul was a sound top order bat and a more than capable spin bowler.
- Ross Stuart
Stats:L/H Bat & L/H Finger Spin Bowler Best Season.s: 1998/99 (A1) . 37 wickets @ 5.40 & 2001/02 (A1) . 232 runs @ 21.09Notes: Big hitting middle order bat and deceptive spin bowler who won numerous SSCA bowling awards.
- Graham Chudleigh
Stats:R/H Bat & Leg Spin Bowler. Best Season: 1970/71 (A1) . 42 wickets @ 12.33Notes: Graham was an exceptional leg spin bowler playing 1st grade for St. George. Made the NSW squad on several occasions only to be kept out by the brilliance of legend Ritchie Benaud.
- Ian Cranston
Stats:R/H Bat & R/H Medium Fast Bowler Best Season: 1984/85 (A1) – 37 wickets @ 13.00 & 1981/82 (A1) – 253 runs @ 25.30Notes: Club Champion 1984/85. Great into the wind opening bowler and more than capable with the bat.
- Steve Gorry
Stats:R/H Bat & R/H Fast Bowler. Best Season: 1982/83 (A1) – 42 wickets @ 9.60Notes: Club Champion 1979/80. Accurate fast opening bowler.
- Fred Terone
Stats: R/H Bat & R/H Fast Bowler. Best Season: 1969/70 (A1) – 55 wicketsNotes: Outstanding fast opening bowler.