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Essendon Cricket Club marks 150th anniversary with inaugural Hall of Fame night

The Herald Sun reported on the Essendon Cricket Club's milestone 150th anniversary celebration, held at the MCG. The event, dubbed the inaugural Hall of Fame night, brought together cricket legends from Premier, state, and international levels to commemorate the club's illustrious history.

Highlights of the evening included the induction of the first 10 names into the Essendon Cricket Club Hall of Fame. Among the honored were John Grant, recognised as the first inductee for his remarkable achievements as an 11-time club champion and a dual Ryder Medallist. Keith Kirby, Essendon's all-time leader in games played (262) and wickets taken (623), was also inducted.

The event provided a platform for generations of Essendon players to reconnect, sharing stories and memories. It celebrated the contributions of individuals like Michael Walsh, a legendary scorer for the club since 1963, and modern-day stars like Simon O'Donnell and Jamie Siddons. O'Donnell, also known for his dual careers in cricket and Australian Rules football, reflected on how Essendon Cricket Club shaped his life and career.

Craig Berger, Essendon's leading run-scorer, and Harry Nunn, noted for his contributions both as a wicketkeeper and in administrative roles, were also among the inductees. The evening concluded with the acknowledgment of the club's rich history and a promise of more celebratory events in the future, underscoring Essendon Cricket Club's enduring legacy in Australian cricket.


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