Mt Lawley District Cricket Club (MLDCC)
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ABOUT THE HAWKS
mt lawley district cricket club
Welcome to Mt Lawley District Cricket Club (MLDCC), an inclusive and community-oriented cricket club located in Mt Lawley, Western Australia. With a rich history dating back to 1924, MLDCC is committed to fostering cricket talent, promoting community engagement, and providing a welcoming environment for cricket enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
We believe in the power of cricket to bring people together, build friendships, and create lasting memories. From our senior teams competing in the Western Australian Premier Cricket competition to our enthusiastic junior teams, we offer opportunities for players to showcase their skills, grow their passion for the sport, and achieve their cricketing goals. Beyond cricket, we actively engage with the local community through coaching clinics, school programs, and social events, spreading the joy of the game and promoting teamwork and fair play. Join MLDCC to be part of a diverse and supportive community where respect, inclusivity, and sportsmanship thrive.
About The Competition
Unleashing the Spirit of Friendly Rivalry and Athletic Excellence
The WA District Cricket Council Inc. (WADCCI)
The Western Australian District Cricket Council Inc. is the body that is responsible for the management of Premier Cricket in Western Australia. Each of the 16 Premier Cricket Clubs are represented by a delegate and the day-to-day affairs are managed by the WADCCI Management Committee in conjunction with the WACA Premier Cricket Management. More information on the Premier Cricket Competition can be found at: www.waca.wa.cricket.com.au
WACA Premier Competition
The WACA Premier Competition is the Premier Club Competition in Western Australia, with players vying for Warriors, Scorchers and national team selection. Retiring international and first-class players wishing to continue playing will generally return to their original Clubs. 16 Premier Clubs having four grades each playing two-day and one day matches over fifteen rounds between early October till late March, with the top six sides in each grade making the finals.
One Day League
The One Day League is contested by the 16 Premier Clubs. The top four sides progress to the semi-finals.
The Colts competition is an "Under 21" age competition contested by the 16 Premier Clubs, as well as the Country Colts. The top eight sides progress to the Qualifying Finals. The four winners play the Semi Finals, with the two winners contesting the Final at the WACA ground.
Premier T20 Cup
The Premier T20 Cup is contested by the 16 Premier Clubs. The Country XI is also represented in the Premier T20 competition, the first three rounds are round robin fixtures of four groups, with the top two from each group progressing to the qualifying finals. The winners of the qualifying finals progress to the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in the final, under lights at the WACA ground.
Premier Juniors (Under 17 & Under 15)
This is a Saturday morning competition featuring teams from each Premier Club playing a 15-round season. Six teams progress to the finals.
Premier Juniors (Under 14 & Under 13)
This is a Sunday afternoon competition featuring teams from each Premier Club . They play in divisions of eight (north and south), with the top two teams in each division playing off at the semi-final stage.
This is a social competition played on Sunday afternoons over seven rounds. All players are over 35 years of age.
Tracing Our Legacy, Celebrating Our Journey
The Maylands-Mount Lawley Cricket Club first entered the "A" grade Western Australia Cricket Association (W.A.C.A) district cricket competition in 1924-25 after having applied for entry two years earlier.
Their first home ground was Maylands Oval, which later became known as Shearn Park. In 1927-28 the name Maylands was dropped from the title.
In 1947-48 saw the "HAWKS" use Inglewood Oval for the first time in senior matches. A further move was made in 1973-74 when the club moved to Hamer Park. Finally, the Club relocated to Cornwall Reserve in October 1978 which is now firmly established as the club’s home. In 1982-83 the name of the ground was altered to Breckler Park.
Mount Lawley has been lucky to have numerous excellent cricketers represent the club over the years. Players such as Barry Sheppard, Ashley Mallet, Terry Jenner, Tony Mann, Colin Milburn, Geoff Marsh, Dermott Reeve, Ravi Ratneyeke, Gehan Mendis, James Whitaker, Michael Veletta, Ashley Noffke, Chris Jordan, Dean Brownlie and Michael Klinger - who have all represented their respective countries at international level.
The club also has a rich history of local players in the early years like Dick & Frank Bryant, Leo Bott, Les Renfrey, Ted Martin, Stan Francis, Wally Kimpton and George Gardiner. The 1950’s saw the club's first state players George and Alec Robinson, Ron Frankish, Frank Sparrow and Frank Allen followed by Len Pavy and Trevor Bidstrup.
During the 1970’s & 80’s Mt Lawley became the most powerful club in the competition thanks to Don Langoulant and Frank O’Driscoll the two presidents of the time. There were several state players as well as some of the best cricketers in the competition these included John McGuire, Malcolm Wolfe, Ian Green, Peter Grayson, David Boyd, John Davis, Geoff Millar and Ian Kevan.
During the 1980’s and into the 90’s the production line of quality players continued with Shane Clements, Mitchell Ross, Idris Evans, David Virgo, Ben Stewart, Craig Wilkinson, Craig McDonald, Dean Solly, Phil Smith, Marc Lincoln along with some well-established recruits in Gary Ireland, Mark Atkinson, Clint Auty and Jamie Stewart.
The next period through the later 1990’s and 2000’s saw great players continue to come through like Phil Alvaro, Michael Carmody, Paul Davis, David Lindsay, Shane Rakich, Matthew Dixon and Tom Beaton. Special mention must be made of Chris Matthews for being the first 'homegrown" Mt Lawley player to wear the baggy green cap for Australia.
Even though John McGuire didn’t play international cricket, he was considered to be one of the best batsmen of his generation who scored over 10000 first-grade runs and holds several of the batting records at Mount Lawley. The current first-grade team is coached by former Surrey and Glamorgan first-class cricketer Stewart Walters and the team includes players like Clint Hinchliffe who has represented the Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League and formerly represented Perth Scorchers and Western Australia in first-class cricket. First Grade Captain and all-rounder Darius D'Silva represented the United Arab Emirates in International Cricket where he played ODI and T20I formats. Veteran Chris Prescott has added experience in the pace bowling department. The Clubs Head Coach is David Virgo, who has continued to do a fantastic job of preparing our relatively young squad into capable first-grade players.
The club is currently in the process of the commonly quoted "rebuilding phase". We have many good young cricketers to carry on the traditional Mount Lawley attributes of fierce determination, unyielding competitiveness, and above all, "our mateship". The committee at Mt Lawley will be looking to increase its support of developing its junior competitions ensuring the great game of cricket continues well into the 21st century.
Mount Lawley has had some remarkable club administrators. Two outstanding secretaries Reg Heath (29 years) and Graeme Rolfe (22 years) served the club with great distinction. Three long-serving presidents, Walter Broomfield (18 years), Frank Bryant (15 years) and Peter Murphy (27 years), as well as some very wise leaders in Don Langoulant, Frank O’Driscoll and Denby Gardner.
Successful clubs have many quiet achievers and Mount Lawley has had more than its share, including Jack Richards, Don Manual, Trevor Curtis, Colin Tyler, and Paul Tomerini. In the Juniors there have been several that have stepped up Graeme Rolfe, Graham Lynn, Harry Bastow, Peter Melbin and the longest-serving junior coach at the club Paul Worthington. The club has also produced two of the best scorers in the competition in Bev McMullan and Lance Catchpole who followed on from the impeccable John Prescott.