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Landmark for AUCC Skipper Ben Wakim

Ben Wakim passes the 2000 run mark

from Rob O'Shannassy

During his innings of 158 in the Round 4 match against Woodville Ben Wakim became only the nineteenth Adelaide University batsman to reach the 2000 run mark in 1st Grade of the SACA Premier Competition* matches. By the end of the Round 5 match against Kensington he had accumulated 2079 runs  at the splendid average of 50.71 in 43 games with the Club.

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It is noteworthy that Ben is the only AUCC player to have amassed 2000 runs or more and have a career average with the AUCC of over 50 runs per innings. The next best are 1990s legend Darren Webber who made 3846 runs at 46.9 and Brian Hone (our 1930 Rhodes Scholar), a great University opening batsman from the late 1920's, who compiled 2012 runs at 46.79. 

Darren played 44 First Class (2053 runs at 34.28 ) and 27 List A games for South Australia while Brian played 44 First Class games, 11 with South Australia and 33 for Oxford University (2768 runs at 40.11). Hone was the Captain of the Oxford University CC in 1933.

*excludes one day and T20 fixtures that are not included as part of the SACA Premier 1st Grade Premiership Competition

Vale - Kevin Raymond Griffiths

Doctor of Education (EdD); MA; BA (Hons); Dip Phys Ed; Dip T.

Western Michigan University, Adelaide University, Adelaide Teachers College

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It is with sadness we write to advise of the recent sudden passing of our fellow “Black” Dr Kevin Raymond Griffiths. We have lost a truly outstanding man who made a significant contribution to the Adelaide University Cricket Club as a player, coach and was an ongoing supporter of the Club, regularly attending past player and other functions. He was an all-round sportsman, excelling at high levels in both cricket and football and after establishing a successful business gave back to cricket in administrative roles. The following is a brief summary of his sporting life covering his A-Grade cricket, football, professional careers and involvement with the SACA.

Rob O’Shannassy



Griff’s cricket career  started with West Torrens in 1964/64 towards the end of the season as a 17 year old just out of Secondary School. After the 1965/66 season he then played with Teachers College from 1966/67 until 1972/3. In those days it was compulsory to play for the college team while enrolled as a student

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Our cricket careers overlapped for the best part of 14 seasons and for all but one season he was a great opponent. Griff was an extremely competitive medium/fast bowler and lower order batsman who prized his wicket. Fit, tall and strongly built and bowling off a relatively short run up for an opening bowler and he could go most of the day if needed. He bowled an impeccable line and length and with perhaps a slight round arm slinging action moved the ball predominantly away from the right hander but had a very useful off cutter and slower ball.

1979- 80 AUCC


After transitioning from a teaching career he commenced further studies at Adelaide University. With Michael David as captain and Allen Greer was coach, he joined the AUCC and played 87 A Grade matches for the Blacks over the next 7 seasons from 1973/74 until 1979/80. He took over the captaincy in 1976/77 and then became captain coach from 1977/78 – 1979/80. For University he took 266 wickets (2nd on all time list) at an average of 19.46 and was the 1976/77 season Bradman Medallist. He retired from cricket following the 1979/80 season.


I had the pleasure of playing alongside him for a single season; that being when I returned to Uni in 1979/80, forming a very competitive opening bowling combination.  I had also played in a SA Colts game with him in 1967-68 Season against a WA side that included Lillie, Marsh, Yardley and Massie. SA Won, with former AUCC player Ian Edgley as skipper.

South Australian Colts Team 1968/69

1968- 69 SA Colts

Back: Jeff Hammond, Rick Niehuus, Jeff Kowalik. Chester Bennett (Coach), Robert O’Shannassy, Mal McLachlan, Dick Angove

Front: Kevin Griffiths, Jeff Langley, Ian Edgely, Steve Howe, Peter Curtin, Peter Herbert.

Football - Courtesy of  Egils Olekalns & Janne Filmer (AUFC)

Griff was a well established league* and amateur league footballer, enjoying outstanding success at Teachers College before coming to play and coach the Adelaide University Football Club.

1967 - from Teachers College, representing SA in a carnival year

1968 -  from Teachers College, representing SA against Victoria

1969 - from Teachers College, representing SA against Victoria

1970 - from Teachers College, representing SA in a carnival year – all Australian, best player in Carnival

1973 - from Teachers College, representing SA in a carnival year

1974 - from Adelaide University, representing SA against Victoria – all Australian

1976 - from Adelaide University, representing SA in a carnival year and captain

Details from “History of the Amateur League” - Fred Bloch

After his final season with Teachers College, Griff became the A1 captain and coach of the Blacks and was our playing captain coach 1974, 75, 76 – winning A1 premierships in 74 and 75 and a losing grand final in 1976. He always lived at Myrtle Bank and I recall celebrating a grand final win at his place in 1974. Griff retired from football at the end of the1976 season.

He was awarded a Blue for football in 1974

 He had accomplishments in football and cricket – he was on the SACA board for quite a few years.

Interestingly he never touched alcohol – this came in handy for us in later years when he was a regular on a golf trip that we had each year to the south east (Coonawarra) and driving was needed. He was a more than capable golfer.

*From 1971 until late in the 1973 season in between his time with Teachers College and AUFC he played league football with South Adelaide (30 games)

Professional Career

In addition to his teaching qualifications (Dip Phys Ed; Dip T), in the early 1970s he completed further studies at Adelaide University (BA (Hons); MA). In the early 1980s the family travelled to the USA where he completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at Western Michigan University. His career then followed in the logical path of  leadership management skills and team building in the Corporate world and in 1988 established the successful firm KRG Consulting. He was much sought after as consultant, presenter at conference and created important practical management tools.


Cricket Administration

In the early 2000s, Kevin for a time put his own business activities to the side and was for several years was the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Then returning to run his own business, he later returned to the SACA as a Board Member and later was on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of the Stadium Management Authority. He was also appointed to the Board of Cricket Australia as a member of the Audit Committee


Kevin had just turned 72 years of age, was married to Allyson and they had 2 children – Belinda and David.

Funeral Arrangements

For those of you who knew ‘Griff’ well, his funeral will be held in the Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park on Friday (8/11) at 12.45 p.m.

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New Regulations for Helmets in 2019-20

Please see below the regulation this season regarding to compliant helmets.

  • Wearing the helmet - Helmets must be a specifically-designed, properly-fitted cricket helmet with a face guard. Current ‘best of breed’ helmets are those that are compliant with the British Standard for helmet safety (BS7928:2013 Specification for head protectors for cricketers).This Standard has been described by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the de facto international standard for helmets and now supersedes the existing Australian/New Zealand Standard for cricket helmets, which dates from 1997. Consistent with Cricket Australia’s commitment to player safety and an ICC directive in 2015, it is mandatory for Cricket Australia, State Contracted cricketers and players in CA Pathway competitions in Australia to wear helmets that are compliant with British Standard 7928:2013 when batting, wicket-keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close to the batter.

In practice it is up to each player to ensure that they have a compliant helmet. The Umpires will will make sure that the players are wearing helmets that are compliant with the British Standard. If the umpires notes that a player isn't wearing a BS compliant helmet that will be reported to SACA and action will be taken on a case-by-case basis.
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For further info and a list of compliant helmets please visit the link below.

Cricket Australia Premier Cricket Club of the Year 2018


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At a star-studded ceremony in Melbourne AUCC won the Award of 2018 Premier Cricket Club of the Year at the Cricket Australia A Sport for All Awards.  


Club Chairman Stephen Dickinson and Club Head Coach Ben Hilliard were both on hand to collect the award that was presented for our commitment to establishing a strong women’s program focused on learning, improving and retention. The club has a firm focus on inclusion demonstrated by their commitment to introducing international students from non-traditional cricket countries to the game.


SACA who nominated us for the award commented, " It's great to see Adelaide Uni getting the gong here – well done! Deserved recognition for the mountains of work you and your team have undertaken over the years". 


AUCC has created sustainable participation in cricket through the ongoing development of its players and its facilities. 


The introduction of a women’s development team in the newly established ATCA Women’s competition has now established an internal pathway for female players. The side has offered more opportunities for beginners to get involved in the game and some of these players have already been selected for matches in the higher SACA side.

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 AUCC Representatives David Penn, Rosemary Penn, Joleen Hall, Bonny Miller and Joanne Hedges receive the SACA  Club of the Year Award

The club encourages its players to undertake coaching accreditation courses so they can provide coaching to other players at AUCC and other clubs.  Members of the SACA Women’s side have who have undertaken coaching courses have taken coaching roles within the club.  They are also the key drivers behind the club working to establish a Strikers Girls League from within the University community, providing opportunities for girls to learn to play the game.


The club also continues to invest in its facilities.  This season the hardwicket practice facility at University Oval has been upgraded.  This facility is heavily used by the wider community, including school and residential college groups as well as by local residents.


University has shown a firm commitment to inclusion especially since re-establishing women’s cricket at the club in 2011.  Since that time the club has had players from non-traditional cricket countries such as Germany, Austria and Venezuela.  These have been international students who have seen cricket on television and have wanted to ‘have a go’ as part of their experience of living in Australia.  This season a current player represented SA in the state aboriginal women’s team at the National Indigenous Championships. 


In recent years, the men’s senior sides have also experienced a significant change in their demographics.  With the increase in numbers of international students, University attracts players from a range of countries including India, Pakistan and Nepal.

The club continues to develop its relationship with Blind Cricket SA, playing an annual game against BCSA for the last few years.  BCSA regularly train and play at the University Oval grounds.

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At SACA’s Community Awards, with AUCC members: Deepak Chetry (recognized for his work in the Nepalese community ), Jo Hedges (State Aboriginal Women’s team), Rosemary Penn OAM (Cricket Australia Fifty Year Service award for service to Blind Cricket and AUCC), and Joleen Hall and Bonny Miller (captains of our Women’s teams that have introduced international students from non-traditional cricket countries to the game).


The club has ensured a high-quality experience for everyone, regardless of their background in cricket.  This season after promoting the Strikers Girls League two high school aged Chinese students have come out to the club to learn to play cricket.  They have absolutely loved being a part of the club, regularly attending training and playing a few games in our development side.  They have already started to contribute to the club, volunteering at O’Week promotions and helping with the club’s Pink Stumps Day.  The Club also has a program of past player lunches and other social events to keep past players engaged with the club.


Adelaide Uni has ensured cricket is a sport for all Australians by offering a wide range of opportunities to be involved in the game.  This season the club has established an Over 50s side, providing a new chance to play for the club.  As a result, the club is now providing the opportunity to be involved in cricket to all Australians; young and old, male and female, and from a wide range of backgrounds.

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