The club has won 18 senior premierships and 22 junior flags. The last senior premiership was in MacGibbon Shield in 2016/17, whilst in juniors, the under 12B’s won in 2017/18.
The Boroondara Cricket Club was formed on the 26th July 1938. One of only four ESCA matting clubs to continue to play throughout the war years, Boroondara won the 2nd Grade matting premiership in season 1940/41. Its home ground was at Highfield Park, where the club played up until 1999, before moving to its present ground at Victoria Road Reserve, Auburn. In 1980 the club merged with ESCA club, Riversdale (founded 1966), to form Riversdale-Boroondara. In 1999 the club changed its name and once again became Boroondara. Steady growth since this time now sees the club represented by six senior sides (including a veteran’s team) and twenty junior sides (including two girl’s teams).
75 Years Of History
Outstanding Player Performances
Many fine players have represented Boroondara with distinction. Geoff Pearton was a legend. He was an outstanding player and served tirelessly as secretary and treasurer for more than 30 years. Geoff was a dashing batsman and a very good left arm slow bowler, playing over 380 games, scoring at least 10,000 runs and taking over 900 wickets. He won the First XI bowling average 13 times and the Association bowling average three times (as well as runner-up three times). Geoff also won the First XI batting average 8 times. Geoff first captained the club at the age of 22, in 1943/44, and last captained it in 1970/71, aged 50. He won the President’s Award for the best player in the matting section twice, in 1956/57 and 1962/63.
Greg Johnson played senior cricket with the club at the age of 14 and soon joined Prahran, where he played for two seasons. On returning in 1966, Greg scored 898 runs at 74.8, winning the Association batting averages and helping Boroondara to the A matting premiership. The following season he scored 743 runs, and in 1968/69 he made 647 for the season. In his final season with the club Greg scored 933 runs at 84.8, including 175 in the grand final, helping Boroondara to another premiership. He scored 12 centuries with the club before leaving to continue an outstanding turf career with Deepdene.
Paul Hillman was a top all-rounder who won the President’s Award for the best player in the matting section in 1970/71 and its replacement, the Dunstan Medal in 1973/74 and 1974/75. In those three years Paul took 130 wickets and scored 1,319 runs. In 1976 he transferred to Canterbury to play turf cricket where he played in three successive premiership teams.
Scott Bingley was awarded the Dunstan Medal in 1991/92, scoring in excess of 2,500 runs and taking over 250 wickets, before injury curtailed his career. He was part of our first XI premiership sides of 1981/82 and 1995/96.
Robbie Ross was one of our first junior players since the re-establishment of a junior side in 1999/2000. He had previously played senior cricket for us in 1998 and by season 2003/04 had progressed to our first XI. Robbie was a significant part of our first XI flag in Burt Shield in 2004/05 taking 35 wickets and scoring 285 runs for the season. By 2016/17, when he last played for the club, Robbie had taken 344 wickets and scored almost 3,000 runs. His best bowling figures were 7/14 against Wyclif in 2011/12 and his highest score was 122 in 2012/13, after having scored two other first XI centuries the previous season. He was awarded the Stuart Medal for best player in the MacGibbon Shield in 2011/2012.
Zac Mowat was a product of our junior program. He first played senior cricket in the 3rd XI versus Mazenod in 2007/08. In 2009/10 he was part of our 3rd XI premiership side after having scored his first century (109) for the club in the final home and away game, also against Mazenod. Zac scored three more centuries for the club (all in the first XI) and captained our firsts to their two flags in 2015/16 and 2016/17. He was also a very effective bowler taking 179 senior wickets for the club, including 7/18 against Edinburgh in 2015/16. He was awarded the Stuart Medal for the best player in MacGibbon Shield in 2015/16 and again in 2017/18.
Jeremy Musso played four seasons at Boroondara from 2014/15 to 2017/18. He was a very effective fast bowler, able to bowl prolonged spells and helped our first XI to two successive premierships in 2015/16 and 2016/17. In 2015/16 he took a club record 74 wickets and also was awarded the Stuart Medal for best player in the MacGibbon Shield.
Sean Ross and Graeme Saker hold the all-time club record partnership of 414 runs for the first wicket (1991/92). The best ever bowling performance is by Darren Bingley with 9/11 off 16 overs in Senior grade matting (1996/97). Five players have scored double centuries for the club, Ryan Punton 222, Geoff Lockwood 219, Graeme Saker 215, Scott White 204, all not outs, and Richard Whitfield 201.