LATROBE CRICKET CLUB
Latrobe Cricket Club joined the NWTCA (now Cricket North West) in 1950 as one of the founding members. After withdrawing from the competition in 1953, Latrobe re-joined in 1959 and has been a part of Cricket North West ever since.
The club has grown over the years and now provides the opportunity for over 150 boys/girls/men/women to play cricket, with countless more people involved with Latrobe Cricket Club in some way. Latrobe Cricket Club now runs a MILO in2CRICKET centre for boys and girls aged 5-7, and were the first CNW club to establish a MILO T20 Blast Centre, now catering to 60 boys and girls aged 8-12. We fielded eight teams in 2017/18 - with Latrobe represented in the CNW 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Female Competition, Women's Division 2, Under-17s, Girls Under-17s, Under-15s and Under-13s.
In 2008/09 Latrobe Cricket Club celebrated 50 years of consecutive membership of Cricket North West. A small sub-committee worked extremely hard to organise a Reunion, inviting ex-players back to club to share their memories and tall stories! On the night the inaugural induction of former players into our Hall of Fame took place.
Throughout the years we have been lucky enough to have top quality players represent our club. Test players Sadiq Mohammed, Bishen Bedi, Suresh Sharma and David Capel have played in our 1st Grade team. Scotland's Alastair Storie and Jim Govan played with us in the 1990's. We were also fortunate to have English county player Jake Libby (Nottinghamshire) play with the club in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, with the classy all-rounder making a big impact with bat and ball, and providing a wonderful example to his team-mates. In 2017/18 we welcomed our first female overseas player, with English premier league women's player Megan Janman (Ansty Cricket Club) joining the Demons. Megan excelled with bat and ball for our Female Competition team, and also acquitted herself well in 2nd Grade.
In the last decade we have had young leg-spinner Marc Simonds selected in the Australian Under-19 team and pick up a Tasmanian Tigers Rookie contract. Another young player, Trent Keep, moved to Hobart and won the CTPL 1st Grade Batting Award, and went on to play Tasmanian 2nd XI cricket, hitting a century against the ACT in 2014/15. We have produced senior State cricketers such as Tim Bower, Neville Jelich and Errol Harris, plus numerous underage State representatives.
Latrobe Cricket Club has been home to many legends of Cricket North West over the years, from Blair Campbell, Harold Allen and Baden Sharman, to Gary Spillane, Grant Astell, David Squibb and Paul Dickson. Recently Nathan Avery has taken over the mantle of LCC legend, becoming the LCC's 1st Grade Games Record Holder in 2017/18.
In our years of involvement in Cricket North West Latrobe Cricket Club has had to work very hard for success in 1st Grade cricket, winning three Premierships (1973/74, 2005/06, 2017/18). However, the club has been fortunate to win multiple titles in the lower grades. The last decade and a half has arguably been the club's most successful, winning two 1st Grade Premierships, three 2nd Grade Premierships, one Female Competition premiership, a 3rd Grade title, three Under-17 Premierships and an Under-15 title. We now truly believe we can compete with and beat our rivals from more populous areas of the North West.
In recent years the club has heavily promoted its young players, reaping dividends in 2017/18 with a 1st Grade premiership and a young 2nd Grade team qualifying for the Semi-Finals. Several 1st Grade premiership players began their journey in the Under-13s and have progressed through the ranks to establish themselves as club leaders.
A strong focus on female cricket was rewarded in 2017/18, with the club winning the Female Competition premiership and qualifying for the Girls Under-17 and Women's Division 2 Grand Finals. Callan Morse and Tim Lowry have done an outstanding job building the female program, with the Female Competition premiership the culmination of a five-year journey with our talented young players. Latrobe is a great club for young female players to try the game, develop new skills and experience success.
Join us at Latrobe Cricket Club and help write the next page in our club's history! Everyone is welcome!