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History

The Lindisfarne Cricket Club was formed in 1892 and first competed in the Clarence Cricket Association.

 

The club then joined the Southern Suburban Cricket Association in 1947 and competed with great success winning a number of premierships. The club had some great players such as the Cashion family, Bill Kingston, Harley Brooks and Neil Lovell. In 1991-92 - the club's last season with the Southern Suburban Cricket Association - the club won all three division premierships.

 

Following its success at SSCA level, the Lindisfarne Cricket Club successfully applied for entry into the Tasmanian Cricket Association in 1992. The club gained Colin "Funky" Miller as a marquee player in its first season, along with a number of players with TCA experience. As expected, the club struggled in its first season but steadily built in strength with careful junior cricket development and signed Glen Hughes as coach in 1995. The club won a second grade premiership in 1994-95, followed by a third grade premiership and the TCA Club Championship in 1995-96.

Former Tasmanian batsman Ali DeWinter took over from Hughes in 1998 and the first grade team, featuring Tasmanian stars Jamie Cox, Mark Atkinson and Rod Tucker, won the 1998-99 Statewide Kookaburra Championship, beating a strong Launceston Cricket Club side including champion batsman David Boon. Glen Hughes returned to the club as coach in 2000 and a future international star in Shane Watson was recruited from Queensland. The club went on to win its inaugural first grade premiership in the 2000-01 season.

 

2002-03 was another successful season for Lindisfarne with all of its teams playing finals, which was a first for the club. The third grade and fourth grade sides went on to win their respective premierships. Glen Hughes retired as coach of the club at the end of the season.

 

In 2003 Kevin Treweek was appointed as head coach and the club decided to adopt a youth policy for the upcoming season, giving its junior players the opportunity to play first grade cricket. Although not a successful season results-wise, valuable experience was gained. Watson, who returned to his native Queensland in 2004, farewelled Lindisfarne in style, scoring a club record unbeaten 300 against North Hobart.
 

For the 2004-05 season Lindisfarne appointed Richard Allanby as head coach along with a panel of assistant coaches including Mathew Allan, Nigel Horsley and Bruce Johnson. For the first time in its history, the club linked itself to all of its junior cricket teams, taking the club's player data base to approximately 230 Players and opening up a pathway for player development.  The club won the third grade premiership and the Spirit of Cricket Award.

 

In the 2005-2006 season Lindisfarne's player base increased to 253 players across 4 senior sides and 11 junior sides, plus a "Have A Go" group of 46 participants.  The club's continued policy of giving junior players the opportunity to play at higher levels paid dividends, with first, second and third grade all making the finals.  The club capped off a strong season by winning premierships in third grade (back-to-back) and under 15s, together with the Club Championship Award and the Spirit of Cricket Award.

More to come...