Cricket Volunteers Honored


By Kevin Boiler,?The Canadian Cricketer, June 1980, Vol. 8 No.2?

Several prominent players and officials from the past and indeed the present have been honoured by the Board of Governors of the Toronto & District Cricket Association.  Following recent expansion during which the league was realigned into four divisions and eight sections, it was decided that each section should be named after prominent national and local cricket personalities.  A committee, chaired by Mr. Martin Vieira, set about the task and following lengthy deliberations during which many worthy contenders were considered the final recommendations were placed before the Board of Governors on May 20 and received unanimous approval.

The two sections of Division 1 (Continental Life Cup) have been named after Vic Walker and Jimmy Chappell, two international players who have given sterling service to Ontario and Canadian cricket.

For over twenty?five years Vic Walker has been a leading cricketer in Toronto. His conduct on the field of play is exemplary and is an inspiration to any young player. He has represented Canada on numerous occasions and was Assistant Manager of the 1979 Canadian World Cup Team.

Jimmy Chappell represented Canada against Pakistan at Toronto in 1958 and was a past President of the Toronto & District Cricket Association. For a decade between 1957 and 1967 he represented the Ontario Cricket Association on the Canadian Cricket Association. His son, Chris, was a member of the 1979 Canadian World Cup Team. He died in the late 1960?s.

The conference of Division 2 (Godin Cup) have been named after the Wilson family and Ed Burn. The Wilson family has a long association with cricket in Toronto. For over fifty years Charles D. Wilson devoted his extensive energies to cricket and was one of the founders of the maple leaf Cricket Club at king City. His sons also became prominent in Toronto cricket, the most notable being Horace ?Hank? Wilson who played cricket for Canada, represented Ontario on the CCA, and for some years was President of the Toronto & District Cricket Association.

Ed Burn had a colourful career in Canadian cricket. He was President of the Manitoba Cricket Association in 1950-51 and represented the Province on the Canadian Cricket Association. He later moved to Ontario and became Secretary/Treasurer of the CCA in 1956-58.  In 1952 he was instrumental in publishing the now defunct Canadian Cricketer, a forerunner of the present day publication. On October 22, 1969 he was tragically killed along with his wife, Constance, in a car accident at Grimsby, Ontario.  At the time of his death he was President of the Hamilton & District Cricket League.

In Division 3 (Rawlinson Cup) the sections will be known as the Dudley Neufville and Michael Burke conferences. Neither of these players attained representative honours, but are typical of the hundreds of cricketers who turn out each weekend across Canada.
Duddley Neufville played in the lower divisions of Toronto cricket with the Commonwealth Cricket Club until his untimely death in 1978. For several seasons he supported his club faithfully and could best be described in the words of the past President of the Canadian Cricket Association, Professor John Cole, as ?the typical grass roots cricketer?.

Michael Burke spent most of his playing life in the 3rd Division line?up of the Victoria Park Cricket Club, He was extremely interested in the development of young players and was largely responsible for commencing a junior league in Toronto which was the forerunner of the present day Donald King Cup. Off the field he was known as Sgt. Michael Burke of the Metro Toronto Police Department and was considered one of North America?s top police experts on drugs. Sadly in 1979 at the early age of 36 he succumbed to cancer.
The two sections of Division 4 (Paris Cup) have been named after John M. Laing and
George A. Barber.  Both men come from the
pages of Canadian Cricket history. George A. Barber is considered the Father of Canadian cricket. For fifty years between 1825 and 1875 he played a large part in the development of Canadian cricket. He was a founder of the Toronto Cricket Club in 1827 and introduced cricket into Upper Canada College in 1830. Barber also took part in the first Canada vs. U.S.A. game in 1844.

The late Donald King stated on more than one occasion that John M. Laing was probably the finest cricketer ever turned out in Canada. He played during the golden era of North American cricket 1890-1910 and had many duels with his famous American counterpart, Bart King. Laing took the first hat?trick in the International Series and still holds the record for most wickets by a Canadian bowler. He was also a capable batsman and holds the North American 4th wicket partnership of 313 with J .G. Davis.


Following recent realignment in the Premier Division two more names have been added to the list of honourees.  The two newly created conferences in the Premier Division are named after two of the hardest workers for cricket in Toronto, Elvin Pompey and Austin Ward.
Elvin, have been president of the T&D for the past 11 years and Austin was Treasurer of the Association for almost three decades.