Premier Cricketer - David Scott
David Scott, or "Scotty" to everyone at VSCC, commenced in the juniors in the 1980's. It wasn't immediately obvious that he was going to be an outstanding cricketer. He moved into the seniors in the late 1980's, and was 12th Man for the 2nd XI in the 1987-88 premiership when he was 18 years old. He was starting to show his ability as a genuine fast bowler at this time.
Scotty quickly advanced to the 1st XI in the ensuing years, and came to terrorise many BHRDCA batsman. When he left the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association he was recognised as the fastest bowler in the competition. The Box Hill North Cricket Club would confirm this based on his best ever performance of 8/35 against them in his last year. It was a super spell of bowling that helped the club defend a total of only 135 runs. Fear could be seen in players eyes this day having to come out and face Scotty.
Scotty holds the honour of being the first ever player from the Vermont South Cricket Club to play in the first eleven at a Victorian District Cricket Club. After 7 seasons at Vermont South, Scotty joined Hawthorn Waverley in 1992/93. This was after he had played 71 games for Vermont South, having taken 131 wickets at 18.16 and made 518 runs with a top score of 54 not out.
After a couple of seasons in the 2nd XI at Hawthorn, Scotty established himself in the firsts and in 1995/96 became one of the best bowlers in the Premier competition. Top ten in wickets taken and averages, with 34 wickets at 24.59 he was added to the state squad during this season. He also polled very well in the Ryder Medal (competition Best Player Award) in this season, being the best performed Hawthorn player with 13 votes. This placed him in the top ten in this season.
He again had a good season during 1996/97, despite having to play with a number of injuries. He finished 13th in the competition bowling averages with 31 wickets at 19.00, including a best of 5/57. He polled 9 votes in the Ryder medal this season behind the winner Ian Wrigglesworth (52 votes) to finish as Hawthorns 2nd best performed player. He was also a vice-captain of the first eleven in season 1996/97.
Overall his career at Hawthorn comprised 79 1st XI matches taking 179 wickets at 19.22 including 6 x 5wk hauls His last game for the club was taking 8 wickets for the match in the winning Grand Final against Melbourne University - a fair way to finish.
Scotty last two seasons stats: Overs Maidens Runs Wkts Ave 5wkts Best 1997-98 267.4 61 700 42 16.67 1 5-22 v Ringwood1998-99 283.4 77 600 47 12.76 1 5-46 v University (grand final)
He was made a life member at Hawthorn in 2016-17.
Everyone still enjoys seeing Scotty back at the club for a beer - still the same loveable and easy going fellow who started with us back in the 1980's!!