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SA vs VICTORIA
COLLATED AND WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF SACUSA BY KRISTEN THOMAS 2013
(INCLUDING THE BOB CROCKETT MEMORIAL SHIELD)
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HISTORY OF THE COMPETITION: 1931 AND COUNTING .
THANKS TO BILL ELLEMOR FROM VCAUSA FOR HIS ASSISTANCE RESEARCHING THE INFORMATION FOR THIS BROCHURE & TO DARRELL HOLT, ALSO FROM VCAUSA, FOR COMPILING THE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF RECORDS THAT CONSTITUTE THE HISTORY OF THE R M (BOB) CROCKETT MEMORIAL SHIELD.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Friendly rivals from the second match played between cricket umpires from Victoria and South Australia, held in 1936 at St Peter’s College Oval, SA. Source: trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74163
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL – CRICKET FRIENDSHIPS OFFSET ‘THE GREAT DEPRESSION’
Why DID a cricket match between Victorian and
As it turned out, the result of the first match
South Australian cricket umpires begin? And when
was a diplomatically correct ‘draw’. As it was
exactly did it occur? Until recently, accessible rec-
not a limited overs game – and it appears that
ords indicated that 1936 was the inaugural year of
SA declared at 8 for 125 – when Victoria
competition. But modern technology has enabled
reached 7 for 111 at stumps, the game was de-
research into historic newspapers that reveals plans
clared a draw. SA’s Victor Selth (former State
for the interstate fixture were underway as early as
level wicketkeeper) was generously awarded a
1930, and the actual first match was held in Carlton,
trophy by Victoria, for being the best perform-
Victoria in 1931. During the beginning of a signifi-
cant worldwide economic depression this was a
bold undertaking, but one which was inspired by a desire to promote goodwill and hope. The tradition-
Ernest Ramsden was a Victorian founding play-
al game that ‘The Vics’ and ‘The Croweaters’ in-
er who had the pleasure of umpiring a Sheffield
dulge in today was born of a need to remind people
Shield AND a Vic vs West Indies match at the
that fun is an essential ingredient of life – especially
MCG just prior to the umpires’ game. Depres-
when life is looking challenging.
sion or not, lights were shining brightly for cricket umpires and their beloved game 82 years ago when our partnership began.
The Bob Crockett Memorial Shield – in the event of a dispute, an umpire in this competition is guaranteed to always be right.