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Michael Schokman during his 251st game

Koonung Heights Cricket Club was formed in season 1962-63 as Koonung Heights Presbyterian Cricket Club in the Eastern Suburban Churches Cricket Association. Initially one senior and one junior side played at Reservoir Reserve in Kew, with the club moving to its present ground at Greythorn Park (once part of the Balwyn Wildlife Sanctuary) in 1963-64. Founding members included Colin Fulton, Bob Tran, Frank Cahill, Jack Mackie, Jack Poustie, Tom Garnham, Alan Smith and Reverend lan Tanner, the first president of the club.

The club amalgamated with Koonung Heights Methodist Cricket Club in 1966-67 to become Koonung Heights Presbyterian/Methodist Cricket Club, fielding two senior and two junior sides. Michael Schokman (featured in the photo during his 251st game) started his career with the club in this season, and retired in his early sixties in 1992-93 after 300 games, 6074 runs and 550 wickets.

The club became Koonung Heights Uniting during the 1970's and became Koonung Heights Cricket Club in 1981-82 when it joined the BHRDCA.

The club has fielded up to five senior and two junior sides in one season, and in 1993-94 fielded four senior teams.

Many people have contributed to the club over its life and those playing significant roles include Colin Fulton, Jack Mackie, Bob Tran, Tom Garnham, John Watts, Michael Schokman, lan Watson, lan Hampson, Bernie James, Ken Ferguson, Peter Rosenthal, Warwick Edmonds, David Long, Theo Vlahos (all life members), Gregg Sinnamon, David Nicholson, Peter Bellairs and Geoff Frost.  Recently, the club has received significant contributions from Bill Karametos, Michael Crooks, Greb Webb and Cameron McWhinney.

1st XI Premiership 2013-14Premierships won by the club include:

  • 1st XI - 6
  • 2nd XI - 6
  • 3rd XI - 4
  • 4th XI - 2
  • 5th XI - 4
  • U16 XI - 1
  • U14 XI - 2

In 1993-94, 2005-06 and recently in 2013-14 (refer to photo), the 1st XI won the premiership to earn admission into the McIntosh Shield grade.




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