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Ex-CPCC player and long time Plateau resident Ken Little featured recently in the Manly Daily as he releases his new book. Ken’s story is briefly mentioned in the article and it was great to see him wearing his CPCC Club Polo shirt. Ken was one of CPCC’s young stars between 1963-69. In 1965/66 fresh from junior cricket, he took 55 wickets at 9.38 in C2 grade. The following year he took 40 wickets at 7.13 in B2 with career best figures of 8 for 25.
60 Years Ago
For sixty years, the community of Collaroy Plateau has been represented in the Manly Warringah Cricket Association by the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club. This is an achievement that Club members are justifiably proud of as the continuity of the Club is an historic reflection of the growth and development of Collaroy Plateau itself.
Life member, resident and historian Milton Lidgard recollected the beginnings of the Club in the 1964/65 C.P.C.C. Annual report:
“The enthusiasm for cricket generated by Chip Browne and Vic Huxley in the local youngsters found its outlet with them playing in the streets after school with the typical fruit case wicket. One such group played regularly that summer of 55’ near the first streetlight in Essilia Street up from Ramsay St (now Acacia), even after the lights came on.
Some of the boys were Dennis Robbie, Bruce Shearer and a long legged boy in shorts – Ken Hunt. Ken fell for cricket and in no time spread the enthusiasm of the boys to a group of bigger boys, per many rounds at the Local with the result that the first Annual General meeting of the Boy’s Club, held at Vic Huxley’s home and attended by those stalwarts of cricket, Des Sainsbury and Alex Anderson, accepted a team into the adult competition and changed to the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club. The boys team lead by the experienced Vic Huxley and Geoff Browne was entered into the reformed 5th Grade competition for the MWCA’s 1955/56 season. with the team finishing a very credible 2nd.
CPCC entered two teams for the 1956/57 season. This season marked the first ‘senior’ team to be entered by CPCC. The team selected for the first match in 3rd grade and advertised in the Manly Daily no less was Chip Browne, Keith Sedgewick, Ken Hunt, Jack Lloyd, Norm Stephenson, George Turner, Ray Horton, Jack Eaton, Milton Lidgard, Barry Harland, Peter Bond and Frank Huxley. The boys team was entered into 4th Grade.
By the end of this season it was apparent that a playing field should be developed on the land in Blandford St. Council was asked to acquire the land from the Estate of the late Jessie Green. Thus began the Club's efforts for the creation of Plateau Park, and with tremendous Executive Committee led by a very hard working President in Barry Harland, the solid foundation of our Club organisation was laid”.
CPCC AGM circa 1963 - Ken Hunt, President addresses the meeting in the Youth Club
During the early years, 1950’s through to 1963, the park was but a small clearing with half a concrete wicket left by an anti-aircraft unit that was stationed there during the war years. Club members shaped a field of sorts and in 1963-63 season, with the support of Councilors Beverly Job, Des Sainsbury, Col Huntington and Gavin Gracie, the ground was ready for official play.
Since that time the Park, under the watchful gaze of the Watertower, has been the venue for many years of Collaroy Plateau cricket. Almost since the community of Collaroy Plateau first became conscious of it’s own existence, has the Collaroy Plateau Cricket Club been a part of many Plataen’s lives. For most, the Club has provided a convenient opportunity to participate in cricket for the enjoyment of playing the game and being around friends. For a select few others, it has been a place to develop and test skills from a young age in the hope of playing at a higher level.
1st Grade Players Needed
Are you an established first grader or looking to step up to the challenge?
CPCC is looking to fill out its 1st Grade squad for 14/15
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SENIOR CLUB TRAINING
Postponed till Daylight Saving
Wednesday evenings from 5pm at Vic Huxley Oval, Plateau Park
Blandford St, Collaroy Plateau
CPCC Coaching Camp - School Holidays
January School Holidays
with CPCC coaches John Jackson & Marty Haywood
Details to be announced soon of proposed camp.
Drop in Coaching Clinics with Mark McInnes
commencing Monday 22nd September @ Collaroy Plateau Park
Junior clinic - 4 - 5pm ages 8-12
Youth clinic - 5 - 6pm ages 13-16
Senior clinic - 6 - 7pm ages 17+
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13 Sept, 2014: CPCC’s 60th Season commenced on Saturday despite threatening skies and soggy grounds. Four Senior teams and most of the fourteen junior teams took to the field continuing the tradition that has made CPCC the longest continuous serving Club in the MWCA/MWJCA. The ‘Fighting 1sts’ lived up to their name by bowling out Mona Vale for 90 on day one after the Club came close to not nominating a top grade squad for the first time since 1980. Some last minute recruiting has got the side going but more help is needed if we are to remain in our rightful place - competing strongly in the top grade.
CPCC Foundation member Norm Stephenson (2nd from left, back row) passed away in Newcastle early in September. Norm was a member of CPCC’s Original XI that took to the field in 3rd Grade at Dee Why Oval back in the 55/56 season.
285 runs @ 4.13
High Score 32
163 wkts @9.87
7 Five wickets in innings
4 six wickets in innings
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