Bill Lawry inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame

October 10, 2014
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Bill Lawry inducted into Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Victorian cricket legend Bill Lawry was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at a gala celebration in Melbourne last night.

Starting his cricket career as an 11-year-old at Northcote Cricket Club, Lawry made his Victorian debut in the 1955-56 season, just a few months before his nineteenth birthday.

The opening batsman went on to play 99 first-class matches for Victoria, accumulating 7618 runs at an average of 51.47.

Captaining Victoria for 68 matches, Lawry scored 23 centuries with his highest score of 266 coming against New South Wales.

In 1961, Lawry made his Australian Test debut against England, going on to captain his country for 25 Tests.

The tall and angular left-hander played 67 Tests, scoring 5234 runs at 47.17, with 13 centuries and a highest score of 210.

After his playing career, Lawry became the cricket manager of the Victorian Cricket Association and took a role as a commentator for Channel Nine, in which he has occupied for more than 30 years, becoming an iconic figure.

Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tony Dodemaide acknowledged Bill’s achievements and the commitment he has shown to Victorian cricket.

“There aren’t too many names that are as synonymous with cricket in Australia than Bill Lawry,” Dodemaide said.

“From his humble beginnings at Northcote Cricket Club to captaining his state and country, Bill’s significant contributions to cricket cannot be underestimated, as it is his pursuit of excellence that has helped to shape Cricket Victoria’s desire to lead Australian Cricket.

“One of the finest opening batsmen to play the game, Bill is one of the most revered figures in cricket, not only for his on-field performances but also for his off-field services.

“I would like to congratulate Bill on his much deserved induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame”

Cricket Victoria would like to join Cricket Australia on congratulating Bill Lawry on his induction.

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