Cricketers

Jack Chegwyn and W.A. Brown, Combined NSW Cricket Clubs’ Team versus GPS XI, Sydney Cricket Ground 1934

Inevitably, given Australians’ love of the game, their are some enthusiastic and notable cricketers in the ranks. Jack Chegwyn had a  proud record, making 11 943 runs and 20 centuries for Randwick and the NSW team and was for a time  Randwick’s first grade captain. He is also renowned for his voluntary work in cricket promotion and discovering talent such as Doug Walters in 1962. Bruce Francis  made his Test debut against England at Manchester in 1972. He went on to be a hard hitting opening bat for Essex, the County from which his Rumble ancestors migrated in 1857.  He was a key mover in the establishment of World Series Cricket in 1977 and the rebel Australian tour to South Africa in 1984-1985. The Rainbow family achieved fame in the Fairfield district. William Rainbow was a prominent athlete in his early days and practised cricket with Charles Bannerman who played in the first test match in 1882. William and four of his five sons played with distinction in the Wetherill Park A Grade team  winning many a match. The family also produced tennis players who have excelled over generations. David Childs, a keen first grade cricketer and cousin of the Rainbow boys passed on his skills to his grandson Bryan Preen who went on to play first grade cricket. Many other individuals in the Adam, Bowden, Adams, Campbell, Edwards and Scrivener families enthusiastically played with their local sides from pioneering days in rural districts though not always with distinction. Ted Whitfield was one who played in a city team, winning a trophy or two in the 1930s.