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The Taverners Cricket Team

The Governor, Dr Ken Michael presents caps to members of the Lords Taverners Team prior to the annual match against his team at the WACA Ground in November 2009.The Captain of the Lords Taverners team, Rod David, is on the left.

The Taverners Cricket Team had its origins in the late 60s when members of the Nedlands Suburban Turf Cricket Club formed a team of senior cricketers primarily to play against Government high schools and Catholic colleges. The aim was to assist in the further development of young cricketers attending these schools.

With Norm Ashton as Captain, the Taverners’ first game was played against Combined Teachers Colleges at McGillivray Oval in Mt Claremont on November 25, 1970 and resulted in a comfortable win for the Taverners.

The Taverners fulfilled its function well, playing against metropolitan and country high schools as well as Catholic Colleges until the late 70s when the focus was extended to embrace schools in the Public Schools Association, initially with matches against Hale School and Guildford Grammar.

The aim was to field a competitive side with a core of six to eight players with the balance made up of well-known English County and Australian First Class players. Where possible, the team's bowling and batting strength was tailored to the schoolboys’ skill level and after each game, two Taverners were delegated to talk to the boys about features of their play. These games contributed significantly to the development of young players, raising their interest in cricket and providing models of technique and attitude for them to copy.

In 1972 the Taverners played its first international match against the Hong Kong Police Academy at the WACA Ground.

In 1980, following the formation of Lord’s Taverners WA, the Taverners cricket team became incorporated into the new organisation, a move that proved beneficial to both groups. An earlier attempt by the new team to form an affiliation with Lord’s Taverners UK was rejected on the basis that it failed to share Lord’s Taverners charitable and fundraising aims.

The Lord’s Taverners Cricket Team, as it became known, continued to operate as it had, adding extra games to its playing schedule. An annual feature for many years was the game against the WACA President’s XI, played at the WACA Ground. Due to fixturing difficulties this game is no longer played. Instead, an annual match is now played against the WA Governor’s XI, also at the WACA Ground.

While fewer games have been played in recent years, annual matches are still played against Kent Street and John Forrest, the two Government high schools with specialist cricket programs.

The Cricket Team is seen as an important adjunct to Lord’s Taverners charitable work and it is proposed to further expand its playing schedule in future years. The current Captain is Michael Prindiville, who is keen to increase the playing strength of the team. Members interested in being considered for selection in the cricket team are requested to contact Michael by email at: micprindi@gmail.com