Mouses Memories - 1st Edition
Date of Event Richmond Union Cricket Club: Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:17PM

Welcome to the 1st Edition of our own Mouse's Memories.
This is the first of a few stories about Richmond Union CC over the years, which hopefully, will keep everyone informed and entertained whist in lock down.


First Game of Cricket at Citizens Park Richmond.

The following article from 1993, was written by Mr. Alan Donaldson (Dec), one of our regular Umpires back then. Season 1993/94 marked the Centenary of Cricket played at Citizens Park, Richmond. Originally known as Market Reserve as well as Richmond City Reserve. The first Cricket Game on the Reserve was played on 30th September 1893, between Richmond (YCA) and Richmond City (not the current Club) in the presence of a fair attendance of spectators.


The Richmond Guardian Newspaper reported that "Richmond (YCA) batted first, but, principally swing to the meritorious bowling of Will Kelly, nine wickets had fallen for 41 runs, when Tritten and Matthews got together and put on 50 for the last wicket, bringing the total to 91. The City, at the call of time, had lost 5 wickets for 43 runs, batting in bad light".


First Turf Wicket used at Citizens park Richmond

The turf wicket of the Reserve was opened on Saturday 10th January 1931. The combatants being Richmond Districts (the other team of the 1967 amalgamation) and Yarraville. The local press reported "the wickets played well and the Council deserved every commendation for giving the Richmond District and City Clubs every opportunity for playing their cricket on Turf".


Well, not much has changed over the years, or has it?


Last updated: Sunday September 13, 2020 9:36PM
Author: richard woolcock