History

The following clubs have been significant in the formation of the Balwyn Saints Cricket Club. Each club has brought across their histories, characters and pride to the Balwyn Saints Cricket Club.

St. Barnabas Cricket Club (affectionately known as ‘The Barnies’) was formed in 1921 and has a proud history. Synthetic and turf matches were played from Myrtle Reserve, Severn St, Balwyn North which was also the location of their clubrooms. St Barnabas fielded senior teams at all levels in the Eastern Cricket Association competition. Throughout this time, success has come regularly including 40 senior premierships since the start of the 1955/56 season. Our junior sides are known as the Balwyn Blasters and carried over to Balwyn Saints CC. Click on Barnies Statistics to go straight to the MyCricket website. The Honour Boards can be viewed by clicking on Barnies Honour Boards.

South Camberwell Methodists formed in 1933 until 1936 when it disbanded until it was reformed in 1939.

North Balwyn Methodists formed in 1949 and joined the Eastern Suburban Churches Cricket Association (ESCCA), comprising of some 71 senior teams. An interesting fact North Balwyn Methodists created history in 1966/67 by becoming the only side to field two A grade sides in the one competition. Alex Breadmore was secretary of North Balwyn Methodists from 1956-1967 he was made a life member of the association in 1975 following 15 years as being a member of the executive of the association from 1960-75.

St. Silas formed in 1960.

St. Aidans formed in 1967.

In 1977, St. Aidans merged with North Balwyn Methodists, the club became known as North Balwyn Uniting and participated in the ESCCA until 1991.

In 1981, St. Silas merged with South Camberwell Methodists.

In 1991, North Balwyn Uniting merged with St Silas and the club became known as the North Balwyn Combined Cricket Club (Panthers). The Panthers originally were based at Gordon Barnard Reserve with the First XI playing at Greythorn Park. Over the years, new developments and Council plans meant the Panthers were to be relocated to the iconic Balwyn Park in 2015. At the time of the 2019 merge, the Panthers had two players reach the 500 game milestone – Daryl Gove and Dale Rogers. The Honour Boards can be viewed by clicking Panther’s Honour Boards. We have endeavoured to put as much of our statistical history on MyCricket, click this link Panther’s Statistics to go straight to the site.

In 2019, North Balwyn Combined joined with St. Barnabas to create the Balwyn Saints Cricket Club.

Over the years this club has had a very long and distinguished history within the ESCCA and now with the Eastern Cricket Association. Other past players and members of our great club who also became life members of the association include, Len Wallace, Ian Speed, William (Bill) Merrill, Barry Tobias.

Life Members

All the recorded Life Members from North Balwyn Combined and St. Barnabas Cricket Clubs are listed below.
A. ABRAMSONM. CAMERONN. DONALDSONR. GRANTM. KNOTTB. POPPINSD. SPEED
G. ALLENP. CAMPAINC. DOWLINGT. GREENG. MALEG. PORTELLI (Dec.)I. SPEED
K. BAKERR. CAMPBELLR. DOWLINGC. HARALAMBOPOULOSM. Mc GRATHC. PROWSEP. TAYLOR
M. BARCLAYF. CANNINGTONB. DUVERGIERMRS. I. HARKENSEEA. Mc KILLOPI. REDFERNNANA TAYLOR (Dec. )
V. BARNESW. CAVANAGHE. DUVERGIER (Dec. )K. HARKENSEED. MELZERJ. RODGERSH. TROMPF
A. BENNETTR. CHAPMANR. DUVERGIERB. HUNTMISS M. MERRELLD. ROGERSA. TZEMIS
G. BENNETTG. COLLOPYL. EDWARDSJ. HUNTT. MILESJ. SAPARDANISJ. VARGA
G. BILLINGSC. COLTONR. EDWARDSM. HYDES. MOUSSIM. SCOTTL. WALLACE
M. BLACKMANS. DATSONS. ELLIOTS. KANNI. NORDEENG. SEEDSMANP. WEDEKIND (Dec. )
G. BOWESH. DAY (Dec. )G. ELLISP. KELLYJ. O'MALLEYD. SILVERG. WESTBROOK
M. BRETTARGHC. DICKSOND. GOVEJ. KERRP. PETERSONA. SILVERG. WESTONSMITH
R. BROWND. Di PAOLOJ. GRADYR. KERSLAKER. POLLARDG. SMITHD. WOOD
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