At last nights CAW Hall of Fame function, club Life Member Peter Duck was inducted into the CAW Hall of Fame. Peter joins Norm Wighton who was inducted at the 2014 function.
Peter Duck played A grade cricket from 1973 to 2000. He started his career as a wicketkeeper and middle to lower order batsman and developed into aggressive opening/top order batsman and exceptionally skilled gloveman. Peter was also renowned as an excellent captain and tactician who often performed on the big stage.
Peter came of age as a batsman when he scored 173 in a Viscount Cup match during the 1980-81 season. He switched from St Patrick’s Cricket Club to captain Tower Cricket Club in the Wodonga & District competition in 1984-85 leading them to successive premierships in the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons, scoring 151* in the 1984-85 decider. After three seasons with Tower, Peter returned to his home club of St Patrick’s. Unfortunately work commitments in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s saw Peter move away from the area. Peter returned to the Club in later part of the 1991-92 season and then proceeded to captain the B grade team to successive premierships in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96. He scored 121 in the 1993-94 decider and 110 in the semi final in 1995-96.
Peter represented the ABCA in a number of representative teams including Country Week in 1980, and the Toohey’s Cup team in 1983 (vs Wagga on 23 November 1983).
On 4 December 1983 Peter represented NSW South West Zone vs ACT in the quarter final of the TNT Roadfast Country Cup. On 21 December 1983 Peter played in the South West NSW team against the touring Pakistani side at Griffith. He was also in the representative team (22 February 1984) playing in Griffith against a Western Australia side that included the likes of Rod Marsh, Geoff Marsh, Graham Wood and Mike Veletta. He also played in the North East Victoria Country team vs ACT on 11-12 November 1984, top scoring with 48 runs. Peter opened the batting in all these matches.
In the 1982-83 season Peter won the ABCA Cricketer of the Year award.
Peter’s A grade statistics show he scored 4,330 runs at 27.41 and took 146 catches (115 as ‘keeper) plus a further 34 stumpings.
Bill Ellwood (father of John Ellwood and grandfather of Will and Tom) was also inducted into the CAW Hall of Fame last night. Bill played with Talgarno in the 1920s and ’30s.