Harold Crozier with his certificate of thanks from Cricket Australia.
Harold Crozier with his certificate of thanks from Cricket Australia. The Northern Star

Cricket says 'Thanks'

IT has been 20 years since Harold Crozier played competitive cricket for Lismore, yet he still waters the pitch at Oakes Oval, Lismore, once a week.

John Lee has served the Eastern Districts cricket club tirelessly and generously as a player and an administrator.

John McDonald, a life member of Casino District Cricket association and Far North Coast Cricket Council, has been involved in just about everything to do with cricket in Casino.

Each has worked in different fields but they've all been doing it a long time.

And the trio has each been sent an official 'Thank You' certificate and decorative pin from Cricket Australia for 50 years of volunteer work in the sport.

Local cricket identity John McMahon said it was because of their efforts that the sport continued to thrive in the area.

"If you don't have volunteers you don't have a game," McMahon said.

"If you don't have people like them at the grassroots, there's really no game called cricket.

"You've got to have those people who do these things, not for applause or accolades - just to do the work that a lot of people hate to do.

"It's essential for the running of local cricket."

McMahon said it was great to see Crozier, Lee and McDonald get recognition for a lot of what is often thankless work.

"I felt Harold thoroughly deserved this as nobody in Lismore would've done the work that he's done to ensure the grounds are in condition over a very long period of time," McMahon said.

"He used to come down and make sure the covers were on the wickets and take the covers off the wickets and do all the things people never do, to ensure people get a game of cricket ... and apart from that he was an outstanding cricketer."

Crozier is still heavily involved with pitch maintenance at several grounds.

"I've been doing it for 30 years now," he said.

"As a captain I always wanted grass on the pitch so the least I could do after I finished playing was to keep that going.

"I love cricket and I believe it's a service that I can give cricket that helps the curator.

"Any bare patches that appear in the pitch, I go and plant out straight away.

"Even after the final game of the season I go down there and water and plant out"

Basically anyone who's been involved with Easts over the past 50 years would know who John Lee is.

"John Lee is a fellow who's been involved as a player and administrator for a huge period of time," McMahon said.

"He's been heavily involved for many years and he is also a club stall ward."

McDonald said he felt honoured to receive official recognition from Cricket Australia.

"It's something I'll treasure forever," he said.

"I guess it recognises that I've been involved in cricket for so long."


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