Life Members

Fred Chamberlain* Colin Barnes Doug Manning
Steve Mason* Ian Stuart* Rex Thompson
Ken Strickland* Fred Hall Roger Page
Richard Elvins* Ian Hammett J Neville Turner*
Ken Piesse Ken Woolfe David Jukes
Wayne Ross
Sir Robert Menzies* Sir Donald Bradman* Sidney Smith CBE

Life Member Profiles

Doug Manning

Doug Manning

 “I am a Foundation Member of the Society, having joined in 1967 as a result of being approached by the Society’s first Secretary – Andrew Joseph – when he discovered that at that time I was a subscriber to Rowland Bowen’s Cricket Quarterly.

I was the second Editor of Scoresheet after John Edwards.  In fact, I edited and produced this Quarterly newsletter from 1968 through to 2019 – a period of fifty-one years.  During most of this period I also served on the Society’s Committee.  I became a Life Member of the Society during Fred Hall’s period as President which I think was the late 1990s.

In terms of my cricket exploits, I played in Carey Grammar School’s premiership side as an off-spin and medium pace bowler in 1949.  After leaving School in 1949 I played for many years with various clubs in the Ringwood and District Cricket Association, mainly as a bowler and tail-end batsman.  Upon retiring from active playing in the 1970s, I umpired in the RDCA competition for about 20 years, retiring in the mid-1990s.

I was a Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club from 1960 to 2016.  I am a life-long supporter of the Melbourne Football Club of which I have been a Member since about 1980.  I have now seen eight of the Club’s thirteen Premierships and look forward to seeing a few more before I pass on into the next World!

I am still vitally interested in the affairs of the Australian Cricket Society.  Upon my retirement from the Editorship of Scoresheet in 2019 I was made a Legend of the Society.”

J. Neville Turner

J. Neville Turner

 Neville Turner, a proud son of Lancashire, was President of the Australian Cricket Society from 1998 until 2001.  He was known to entertain with his beloved piano-playing at ACS functions, obliging one and all with their requests.

Neville was an extremely passionate man – a Senior Lecturer in Law and among other interests, President of Oz Child.  His love of Cricket, Soccer and Tennis was unfathomable, he was an accomplished jazz pianist, music lover (except for Rock) and a lover of languages – he spoke five as well as being versed in classical Latin and Greek.

His love of first class Cricket “anything shorter than the three-day game is a facsile perversion of a great art form”.  It took him to 44 different grounds around the world while he watched matches at over a hundred and he was devoted to his beloved Lancashire, even after he emigrated to Australia in 1965.

Neville passed away on 19th April 2018, aged 81.

David Jukes

David Jukes

 David Jukes epitomizes what it means to be a dedicated and devoted follower of the game of cricket.  He was one of the Australian Cricket Society’s Foundation Members, being among the very first who attended its very first Meeting in the bowels of the MCG on a wintery evening in 1967.  David served on the Committee, initially under Radcliffe Grace (President) and Andrew Joseph (Secretary) and took on the roles as Membership Secretary and Assistant Treasurer – roles he fulfilled for many years.  David was also instrumental in securing the Charles Lux Pavilion at the Prahran Cricket Ground as the Society’s meeting place for most of its functions during the 1970s.

In more recent years – in 2009, 2013 and 2015, David was an enthusiastic tourist on the Society’s Ashes Tours of England.

In addition to this, David’s love for the game revolved around his beloved Prahran Cricket Club.

David Jukes first entered Toorak Park in 1952, the home of what was to become a lifetime of happiness for him namely Prahran Cricket Club, to see along with his Father their favourite cricketer, Neil Harvey, playing for Fitzroy against Prahran. That’s where it all started.

David then followed Prahran for years after, due to the locality of his home, and in season 1958/59 David was appointed as First Eleven scorer through until 1970 when he then became Honorary Secretary, a position he held for 34 years!! The commitment, effort, love and work he did may be equalled but never bettered as he tirelessly gave of his life to helping the Club and many, many others that passed through it. His honesty was never, ever questioned and the hundreds and hundreds of players who participated during those years, held David in the highest of esteem. This respect was also acknowledged to David from the many officials who served the Club over that period of time.

David Richards who was Secretary, as it was known then, of Cricket Victoria (he later became CEO of Cricket Australia and then likewise at the ICC) was quoted at the time saying that David “was the ‘best’ Club Secretary he had seen as his (David’s) attention to detail, accuracy, reporting on time, plus diligence to a task given, had to be seen to be believed”.

David is a Life Member of Prahran Cricket Club, inducted into the Hall of Fame, a Club Patron and ultimately received Legend status. A most wonderful contributor to the game of cricket, the sport he adores.

A true gentleman, he still loves nothing better than seeing the game played in the spirit it should be.

Wayne Ross

Wayne Ross

Wayne joined the Australian Cricket Society in 2010, becoming Secretary in that year, and has been in that role ever since.

“I started playing in the 1961/62 Season playing one Season in Under 16s as a tearaway fast bowler – in my first game I collected 5/10 (geez I must have been quick!) but was well and truely brought down to earth when I was dismissed for a second-ball duck. From memory my bowling stayed reasonably consistent (48 wickets) as did my batting as I rarely bothered the scorers! After an extremely forgettable Season of Senior Cricket with a newly formed Club where we went through the season winless, I joined St Andrews the Club with which I played football. My first Season with St Andrews was memorable – it saw the Club’s first Premiership – I still have my Premiership Cap (geez my head was small in those days!). I played every game and scored 7no and 8no in the Grand Final which took my Season Aggregate to 24 runs, I didn’t bowl a great deal (I think I took about 12 wickets) so my fielding must have been exceptional! After that Season quite a few of our top-order batsmen left so I took the opportunity to open the batting. I must have done a reasonable job as I played that role for 5 Seasons. I also opened the Bowling from that second Season for a few years. In the last few Seasons with St Andrews I batted in the middle order and bowled second or third change. I had also got married and we were living in Chelsea so for the last two Seasons at St Andrews we would train it to Coburg each Saturday morning and return home later that evening. I played 88 games, scored 950 runs and took 168 wickets.

Moving to Frankston, I joined the Frankston East CC and lasted two Seasons – I captained them a few times in my second year. Frustrated with the way the Club was being run, I stood out of Cricket for a year and it was during my time out of the game that the thought of forming a new Club came to mind. With two mates who also stood out of the game that Season, we contacted the various organisations whose approval we required to form our Club. Just prior to the 1974/75 Season the Long Island Cricket Club was formed.

With one team in that first Season I opened both Batting and Bowling on most occasions and we made the Finals. In our second Season we increased our teams to two with the 1st XI winning the Premiership and the 2nd XI runners-up. Unfortunately for me my form petered-out near the end of the Season and I played in the 2nds in the last few games. I was back in the 1st XI the next Season and held my spot over the next four but age and general unfitness combined and I moved gradually down the Grades. I also moved gradually down the Batting order and eventually returned to where it all began – ROSS, W. S batting at #11. My bowling too lost whatever zip it had and after a few Seasons of sending down the occasional mediums I turned to off-spin. After a few games with little success I decided to attempt the “thinking-man’s bowling” – leg-spin. I had a fair amount of success with this, mystifying Batsmen who continually played for the spin only to find how lethal I could deliver the “straight-break”. There were however a few occasions when I did turn the ball – usually when I rapped the Batsman on the pads only to have the Umpire respond to my appeal with “you turned it too much”. I played 206 games (78 in the 1st XI), scored 1850 runs and took 299 wickets and I did get to play in a Premiership when in 1990/91 our 3rd XI chased down 298 runs to win by a wicket. In this game I got the closest I have ever been to a Century in my career when I took 1/96 off 37 overs.

During my 22 years with Long Island I served as Secretary (7 years), President (4 years) and Treasurer (5 years). In the mid 80s I joined the MPCA Board/Executive and served as Pennant Committee Chairman and Senior Vice President for 5 years, then in 1993 became the Association’s General Manager, serving in that role for 9 years. In 2001 while still with the MPCA, I was appointed as Secretary of the Frankston Peninsula CC and two years later when I finished at the MPCA I became its General Manager, serving for 9 years until retiring in 2011. In retirement I have been scoring for the Club including the last eight Seasons as 1st XI Scorer.

I also served for 20 years as Pathways Manager & Scorer for the South East Country Region.”

Life Member of the Long Island Cricket Club, the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association and the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club.