The Perth Cricket Club
, was formed on May 23, 1862
at a meeting held at the Freemason's Hotel, on the corner of St Georges Tce and William St. Mr J.B. Roe was the first Chairman and Captain of the Club. In 1878 the city based Perth and Metropolitan Cricket Clubs amalgamated and adopted the name "Metropolitan Cricket Club"
The WA Cricket Association is formed. The Metropolitans club was mainly instrumental in its formation. George Parker, captain of Metropolitans, was chairman of the first W.A.C.A. committee. P.L. (Percy) Hussey of Metropolitans would serve as Secretary of the committee and was responsible for securing the Perth Recreation Ground for its use.
Metropolitans win the inaugural first grade premiership.
Henry Gamson is the leading runscorer in the competition with an aggregate of 153 runs. S.J. (Samuel) Randell takes 39 wickets at an average of 3.15.
Metropolitans /East Perth win the pennant cricket title.
East Perth win the pennant cricket title.
A new 3rd wicket record is set when E.F. (Ernie) Parker and E.A. (Ernest) Randall combine for an unbroken 270 run stand. Parker is 149 not out and Randall is 103* in the game against Claremont at the WACA. Parker averages 90 for the season.
East Perth are pennant champions. T.H. (Tim) Coyne is the competition dominant bowler with 44 wickets at 9.43.
East Perth are pennant champions again.
Ernie Parker scores 1,003 runs in a single season, a club record that still stands. In February 1903, he scores 246 against East Fremantle at the WACA which remains the highest individual score for the club in first grade. The West Australian headline reads “splendid batting by E.F. Parker”. (on the same day the immortal Victor Trumper scored a record 335 for Paddington in NSW grade cricket)
Against West Perth at the WACA, Parker scores 172* and with Tim Coyne (91) they establish a 2nd wicket stand of 270. This record still survives over a hundred years later.
Coyne claims 35 wickets at 7.54 runs per wicket for the season.
T.H. (Tim) Coyne wins the WACA bowling average with 43 wickets at 7.51. He would take a total of 211 wickets for the club.
East Perth Cricket Club is renamed Wanderers. E.F. Parker with 866 runs at 86.6 is the leading batsman in the competition.
Former Premier of the State Sir Walter H James KCMG KC (1863-1943) served as president of the club from 1908 to 1910. He was elected the 5th premier of WA and served 1 July 1902 to 10 Aug 1904.
District cricket legend A.H. (Arthur) Christian sets a record for the club with 90 wickets in his sole season with East Perth. He plays most of his career with North Perth. East Perth are pennant champions.
Ernie Parker wins the WACA batting aggregate award for the fifth time.
In April, Leo Bott scores 121 and takes 5/36 in a match against North Fremantle. Bott is chosen to represent WA on the inaugural eastern states tour.
JS (Jim) Everett has match figures of 16 for 65 playing for East Perth against Claremont at Claremont Oval. This still remains the best individual match figures for a bowler in a WACA first grade game.
East Perth are the champion team.
The Great War claims many casualties, one of which is Ernie Parker who dies in France in 1918.
L.C. (Leo) Bott is the leading runscorer in the competition with 604 runs including 208* described as “one of the most exhilarating innings ever seen in Perth”.
W.A. (Allan) Evans plays his first A Grade game for the club.
Again, Leo Bott, is the leading runscorer in the competition with 624 runs.
East Perth is the pennant cricket champion team.
East Perth backs up and is the pennant cricket champion team once more. Leo Bott is the Captain and scores 569 runs at 51.7.
East Perth completes a hat trick of pennant cricket titles and is the dominant team. The Captain is D.C. (Don) Sinclair, a Rhodes Scholar.
F.P. (Frank) Quinlan scores 110* in his season aggregate of 558 runs at 42.9 average. This is the leading average for the season, but teammate L.F. (Les) Freemantle leads the aggregate with 687 runs.
F.P. (Frank) Quinlan, from East Perth, captains WA in a match.
Allan Evans dismisses Bradman for 27 for WA versus an Australian XI.
Allan Evans is again the leading bowler for the club. In the past three seasons he has captured 99 wickets at an average of 16.6 runs. In two of these years he is also the leading run scorer in A grade demonstrating what a brilliant all-round cricketer he is.
H.W.H. (Bert) Rigg makes his debut.
J.H. (Jack) Wilberforce takes 44 wickets at the competition leading average of 12.2.
Bert Rigg is the leading run scorer for the club for the third consecutive year. For the eighth time Allan Evans wins the bowling average award.
WA (Allan) Evans retires after an extraordinary career with the East Perth cricket club in which he scores 6,708 runs and takes 553 wickets. He also played 153 matches for the Perth Football Club.
With 38 wickets, R.H. (Harry) Price is the competition leading wicket taker. He also leads the average with a bowling average of 8.34 runs per wicket.
Keith Carmody scores 503 runs at 45.7 to take the batting honours. Basil Rigg is the leading bowler claiming 45 wickets with his leg-breaks but Harry Price leads the averages with his 28 wickets coming at a cost of just below 11 runs per wicket.
East Perth are the A Grade pennant cricket champions. A star studded line-up includes WA players Keith Carmody (Capt.), Bert Rigg, Basil Rigg, Harry Price, Harry Gorringe and Ron Sarre. Harry Price takes 7-13 to wreck the North Perth first innings.
The wicketkeeper and state baseballer, Ben Shom, sets a record with 43 dismissals in the season. The side is undefeated this season. Harry Price’s 55 wickets come at the competition best average of 10.54 runs. Spin bowler Eric James takes 64 wickets and Bert Rigg has a very good season with the bat. He scored 790 runs at 49.4 average.
Harry Price is again the competition leading wicket taker with 68 wickets. Jack Evans, a nephew of Allan Evans, is the leading batsman with 455 runs at 35.0.
Harry Price wins the bowling average award for the competition with an average of 11.19 runs for his 42 wickets.
Ron Sarre scores a magnificent 191 and with Bert Rigg (90) they set a 1st wicket partnership record of 215 which still stands.
Future test player Ron Gaunt captures 36 wickets at an average of 12.4 runs.
The Australian XI en-route to England, stop off in Perth and play a WA side. Ron Sarre scores 103 in this game.
Prolific wicket taker Harry Gorringe takes 58 wickets in the season.
1955. The name of the club is changed from East Perth to Perth Cricket Club.
This is the final year PB Healy is the President of the club, having been in the role since 1931/32. Harry Price, for the seventh time, wins the bowling average award.
Basil Rigg wins the WACA aggregate award with 617 runs from 14 innings.
Harry Gorringe plays his 176th and last game for Perth, in all he took 551 wickets.
B.A. (Basil) Rigg is again the leading run scorer for the club in 1st grade. In the past ten seasons he has scored the most runs in nine of them!
Kevin Taylforth is the leading bowler for the club for the third year in a row. He takes 40 wickets at 17.5 in 1962/63.
Future test cricketer John Rutherford is the leading batsman, with 378 runs at 42.0.
B.A (Basil) Rigg retires after 252 games, 8,268 runs and 322 wickets. He also found time to represent WA in baseball and play league football for Perth.
H.W.H. (Bert) Rigg is appointed President and holds the post for twelve seasons in total.
Former state player Warren Smith transfers to Perth as playing Coach. Bert Rigg retires after 284 appearances (club record) and 9,005 runs (club record).
In February Dennis Lillee makes his A grade debut taking 1/23 versus Fremantle, opening the bowling with Kevin Taylforth. He earnt promotion after taking 6/67 v South Perth in second grade.
Perth move from Lathlain Park and commence playing home games at Fletcher Park.
Fittingly, Dennis Lillee delivers the first ball at Fletcher Park in the game against North Perth on 12/10/1968 and Kevin Taylforth takes the first wicket.
In November, opener Barry Kennedy scores 128* to become the first A grade centurion at Fletcher Park. Sixteen year old left-hander John Lindsay is the first player to score a century on the West wicket.
Former WA player Gordon Becker is appointed Captain/coach and weighs in with 448 runs at 49.8.
In February, Dennis Lillee makes his test debut for Australia against England in Adelaide. He takes 5/84 on debut. In December he takes 8/29 against a World XI.
Perth wins the Club Championship.
Ian Brayshaw plays a single season with Perth.
Pakistani Mushtaq Mohammad is the overseas professional and plays five matches for Perth. Rod Marsh plays the first of two seasons with Perth.
Dennis Lillee takes 7/25 and 2/18 against Fremantle in his recovery from a serious back in injury. He commences the season as a batsman but gradually returns to bowling. His recovery is guided by Dr Frank Pyke, a former opening bowler for Perth CC.
Subiaco defeat Perth in the first grade final at the WACA. A significant amount of time is lost to rain and bad light. Unfortunately Perth had the worst of the conditions. The Perth lineup in batting order was Dellaposta, Gorey, Flinn, R. Marsh, King, Becker, Lillee, Lindsay, Eaton, Reid and G. Taylor.
Dennis Lillee wins the Olly Cooley medal.
Perth win the Kevin Sullivan cup and the Club Championship.
All-rounder Ian King is the Olly Cooley medallist. The former Queensland first class player is the leading wicket taker in the competition with 62 wickets.
Dennis Lillee plays his last match for Perth.
Leg spinner Bob Paulsen is recruited to the club as Captain.
South African (Eastern Province and Essex) great Ken McEwan plays the first of his three seasons with Perth, and WA. He averages 57.8 and over 650 runs in between state duties. Graham Gooch turns out for three matches for the club.
Bob Paulsen wins the Olly Cooley medal with 59 wickets for the season, also winning the WACA bowling aggregate.
Perth win the Sunday League Toyota Cup One Day competition.
To make the final we had to chase down Fremantle’s 212 in the semi final, John Lindsay led the way with 69 and had good support from Mike Keenan and Ken McEwan.
In the final Perth played Mt Lawley at the WACA. A brilliant display of leg-spin bowling from man of the match Bob Paulsen in taking 5 for 28 was decisive. Ken McEwan was outstanding in making an undefeated 68 and with solid contributions from Alan Lilley, Steve Turner and John Lindsay, Perth made the 195 target losing just three wickets.
The winning team was McEwan (Capt.), Lindsay, Turner, Lilley, R. Thompson, M. Keenan, Hill, Paulsen, Dawe, Sheppard and Chevell. The game was telecast live on Channel 9. Alan Lilley (Essex) is the overseas professional.
Melville defeat Perth in the Shell Colts final.
John Lindsay scores 697 runs to have the highest aggregate in A grade at the club. Ken McEwan wins the WACA batting average again with 77.57 runs per innings, his aggregate was 543 runs.
Future test cricketer Shoaib Mohammad plays for Perth. Wayne Hill is promoted to the Captaincy. Bob Paulsen takes 70 wickets to lead the competition again.
Perth wins Shell Colts competition.
Keith Sheppard sets a new club A grade record with 9/32 against Mt Lawley at Breckler Park in December 1982.
Perth again wins Shell Colts competition. Perth is crowned Club Champions.
Aiming for a hat-trick, Perth are runners up to Subiaco-Floreat in the Shell Colts.
Brad Thompson makes his first grade debut. He would go on to play 178 first grade games.
Dennis Lillee retires after the final test in Sydney against Pakistan. Taking a wicket with his final delivery, he finished with a world record total of 355 wickets in 70 tests. Rod Marsh (96 tests) and Greg Chappell also retire in this game.
Hampshire and England professional Paul Terry is recruited to the club. He makes an enormous impression scoring 891 runs at 89.1 and wins the Olly Cooley medal in his first season.
WA wicketkeeper Wayne Hill retires after 162 matches and a club record 323 dismissals (264/59). Paul Terry scores 803 runs at 44.6.
David Ward from Surrey is the overseas professional.
Perth are defeated by South Perth under lights at the WACA in the One Day final.
Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Greg Healey is recruited to Perth from Bayswater-Morley. Paul Terry returns and again is prolific, scoring 836 runs for the season at just under 56. Again this tops the WACA Aggregate and Averages.
Perth are defeated by Mt Lawley under lights at the WACA in the One Day final.
Mark Atkinson makes his first-class debut against South Australia. Former WA and NSW Sheffield Shield player Mark O’Neill plays a season for Perth.
Young Hudson Trevenan, is the leading bastman in A’s with 523 runs at 43.6 runs per innings.
Popular leg spinner, Giles Bush, is the leading wicket taker in the competition with 39 wickets.
Another youngster, Anthony Barranca, scores 92 as Perth win the Third Grade flag under Peter Coombs; defeating Midland-Guildford.
Perth are again defeated by Mt Lawley under lights at the WACA in the One Day final.
Adam Gilchrist arrives at Perth and is appointed First grade captain.
Anthony Barranca scores his maiden A grade hundred (100*) and together with NSW recruit Andrew Wilson (65*) they set a new 7th wicket record of 162* against Mt Lawley at Breckler Park.
Perth defeat Midland-Guildford at the WACA to win the Toyota Cup One Day competition.
Tony Percival plays his 141st and final A grade match. Tony makes an enormous contribution to the club on and off the field.
Mark Atkinson has an exceptional all-round season, With 484 runs and 41 wickets (17.9).
A new club record is set when Perth make 473 versus Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill.
Mark Atkinson wins his second consecutive Olly Cooley medal.
Sunday 5 Oct 1997. Adam Gilchrist is promoted to the top of the Perth order and opens in the One Day game versus Gosnells at Sutherlands Park. He blasts 252 in the new role and shortly after starts to also go in first for the Australian one-day side. This would dramatically change Australia's approach to limited overs cricket and lead to World Cup success. Surrey pro, and future England Test player, Ian Ward makes 87 as Perth rack up an amazing 3/424 off their fifty overs. Gosnells are dismissed for 140 in reply.
Shane Jurgensen captures 50 wickets for the season.
A week before his 28th birthday, Adam Gilchrist achieves his lifelong dream when selected to play for Australia in the 1st test versus Pakistan at the Gabba. He scores 81 on debut and follows up with 149* and leads Australia to a famous run chase victory in the next test.
Brad Thompson has a good season with the willow, posting 448 runs at 56.0.
In December 2001, Luke Ronchi announces himself as a player of quality with a superb 178 versus Melville at Fletcher Park including 22 fours and 6 sixes.
Perth are second grade champions.
Luke Ronchi scores 706 runs at 41.5.
Englishman Darren Maddy (224) and Brendan Rayner (92) set a new 4th wicket partnership record with 275 against Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill Park. It is also the highest partnership for any wicket for Perth in first grade.
Perth are Third grade premiers.
Luke Ronchi makes his first-class debut.
Simon Allison (91*) and Fransua Grobler (115*) set a new 5th wicket record with an unbroken partnership of 214 against South Perth at Richardson Park.
Perth win the Second grade pennant, under Joe Santostefano, with Daniel Townend taking 5/32 to skittle University for 154. Nick Herbert scores 50 to guide Perth home.
A new 10th wicket partnership record is set in the game against University at Fletcher Park. Paul Keenan (104) and Peter Waite (42*) put on 128 for the last wicket. Paul Keenan wins the Olly Cooley medal and is the leading wicket taker in grade cricket this year with 55 scalps.
Luke Ronchi scores a run a ball century in a first class match against New South Wales.
Adam Gilchrist is named man of the match in the 2007 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at Barbados. A number of Perth committee and ex-players make the trip as spectators in support.
Stewart Walters returns and is made Captain, a post he holds for four seasons.
Perth is runner-up to Scarborough in the first grade competition. Australian opener Justin Langer scores a patient 112 to thwart Perth’s attempt to break a first grade premiership drought since 1948/49.
Left-arm swing bowler Ross Scali has a very successful season with the ball claiming 54 wickets, the most in the competition.
Stewart Walters takes 25 catches in the season to set a new record by a non-keeper. James Benning from Surrey is our overseas professional.
Perth defends 164 (Davies 48, N. Herbert 49*) by dismissing Bayswater-Morley for 96 (Munson 4/16) to win the Third grade title. Earlier in the season, veteran Joe Santostefano scores an unbeaten 228 in a third grade game against Willetton.
In June 2008 Luke Ronchi is called up to play for Australia in the T20 and One-day series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
Perth is the Club Champion. Phil Rigg and Joe Santostefano have the distinction of playing in both the 1982/83 and 2007/08 club championship years.
Adam Gilchrist plays his 96th and final test match against India in Adelaide. In all he made 379 catches and 37 stumpings, scored 5,570 runs with 17 centuries. In March he plays his final ODI and T20 for Australia but appears in several seasons of the IPL.
Michael Yardy, the Sussex player, is our professional player and wins the Butcher Trophy as the most outstanding player in A grade. Nick Manifis captures 7/21 in a fourth grade game and Neil Mullally is the Rigg medallist.
Surrey professional Matthew Spriegel makes 191 as Perth defeat Rockingham-Mandurah.
Michael Paterson was the man of the match in the Sunday One Day League final at the WACA on 14th February 2010. His 80 was the base around Perth’s 204. Three wickets apiece to Paul Nicholas, Ross Scali and young quick Josh Nicholas routed a strong Scarborough side for 81 in reply.
ESPN cricinfo name their all time World Test XI team, and it includes Lillee and Gilchrist. Don Bradman and Shane Warne are the other Australians selected.
Paul Terry returns to the club as head coach.
Chasing 131 for victory in a T20 against Gosnells, Luke Ronchi blazes 103* off 52 deliveries as Perth record 0/133 in the 13th over. In the KMPG T20 final at the WACA, Perth is defeated by Melville.
Captain Stewart Walters scores 201* versus University, however Perth fail to take the ten wickets and the match is drawn.
Joe Santostefano wins the 3rd grade batting average for the seventh time in the past ten seasons.
In a tragic event, Stephen Rigg collapses in a colts game at Fletcher Park East.
John Lindsay continues his long reign as Club President, after a long playing career he continues to make an invaluable contribution to the club off the field too.
Tim Monteleone and Royce Blight set a new club record partnership for the 4th Wicket. It is also the highest partnership for any wicket for Perth in first grade. Tim scores 157, Royce scores 119 and the partnership is 283 versus University at Fletcher Park.
Luke Ronchi makes his highest A Grade score of 201*against eventual premiers Wanneroo at Kingsway. In this innings he passes 5,000 runs, the first batsmen to pass this milestone for Perth in fifty years.
Perth miss out on finals by the narrowest of margins. At the WACA district cricket awards night Perth life member and administrator Nick Manifis is recognized as the WACA club administrator of the year.
Luke Ronchi leaves for NZ at the end of the season in an attempt to secure an opportunity to play test cricket. He plays one first-class innings for Wellington, before the season close, and scores 111.
Perth celebrate its 150th year since the formation of the club back in 1862.
On the field, the first grade side fell tantalisingly short of making the finals. The final game of the season against Willetton, was an elimination final as the winner would make the playoffs. Needing 212 in the second innings, we were bowled out for 170. Third grade made the semi-final and Fourth grade were defeated in the Elimination final.
Individual highlights for the season included Angus Webster making 149*, his maiden A grade century. Surrey pro Matt Spriegel returned and scored his fifth century for the club in 1st grade. His 126 against Rockingham-Mandurah was his third ton against this club. Ash Dahiya won the Rigg medal in a season where he blasted four centuries in second grade with some of the most exciting hitting ever witnessed. Promising young bowlers Liam Guthrie and Aidan Enright continued to progress in senior ranks.
On November 11, the club hosted a significant event at Fletcher Park, to celebrate the long history of the club under the Perth, Metropolitan and East Perth names. Guests invited included players, administrators and supporters from all the era’s back to 1940. After a speech from club president John Lindsay, compere Trevor Jenkins hosted a discussion with club and Australian legends Dennis Lillee and Adam Gilchrist. A ‘team of the century’ was chosen from the 1912-2012 period. In a very special moment that will remain with all those in attendance, Bert Rigg was the final name announced and appointed Captain of the side. To have Bert and Basil Rigg attend in person was memorable.
The team of the century announced was Paul Terry, Ron Sarre, Bert Rigg (capt.), Basil Rigg, Adam Gilchrist, Luke Ronchi, Leo Bott, Allan Evans, Dennis Lillee, Bob Paulsen, Harry Price and Harry Gorringe. Gordon Becker was named coach.
Jason Thompson takes over from Steve Mayne as Head Coach.
With injuries to key players, 1st grade only managed to win two matches for the season. Mike Grzinic was a worthy winner of both The Butcher Trophy & The Rigg Medal.
Second grade just missed qualifying for the finals. Both the Third & Fourth Grade teams led by Nick Herbert & Alan Tyler respectively qualified for the grand final.
Third Grade were defeated by Claremont-Nedlands whilst Fourth Grade were victorious against Joondalup. This game also saw the graceful retirement of club stalwart Jed Wilkinson.
The 2014/15 season saw a vast improvement on the previous season with all senior teams qualifying for finals & the club just missing out on winning the Club Championship by a measly 4 points.
The Fourth Grade Team led by Alan Tyler successfully defeated Bayswater-Morley to win back to back titles.
The season also saw
Josh Nicholas picked in a WA Futures League match
Liam Guthrie picked to represent WA in the National Under 19s Carnival
Adam Disisto picked to represent WA in the national Under 17s Carnival
Josh Nicholas took out The Butcher Trophy.
The club finished second in the Club Championship for the second year in a row.
The season also saw Josh Nicholas & Jonathan Wells make their Sheffield Shield debuts for the Western Warriors, although Jonathan had previously played for Tasmania. Ryan Duffield represented Western Australia in the Futures League.
Liam Guthrie & Jake Lewis represented Western Australia in the Under 19s National Championships.
Ryan Duffield took out the Butcher Trophy as well as the Rigg Medal!
The club finished second in the Club Championship for the third year in a row.
Mark Atkinson made a welcome return to the club in a coaching capacity.
Josh Nicholas & Jonathan Wells continued to represent Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield Competition.
Liam Guthrie made is debut in the Futures League representing Western Australia.
Jake Van Galen won the Butcher Trophy!
The club finished third in the Club Championship.
The Third Grade team qualified for the Grand Final but lost to Melville in a one-sided match. Second Grade were knocked out in the Preliminary Final whilst First Grade lost in the Semi Final.
Liam Guthrie made his debut for the Western Australian Sheffield Shield Team. Jonathan Wells continued to play for Western Australia.
A new player Kyle Gardiner (transferred from Rockingham-Mandurah) represented Western Australia in the Futures League Competition.
Luke Jury topped off an excellent season by winning the Butcher Trophy.