It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of Don Scarlett. A Life Member and Hall of Fame inductee “Donny” was a wonderful servant of the Club.
A fiery fast bowler, Donny lead the Centrals bowling attack for many years, rarely letting a batsman get onto the front foot. His intimidating frame and aggressive approach had many an opposition dreading their time at the wicket.
Donny’s bowling statistics for the Club are legendary. In over 200 games for the Club he collected over 750 wickets, with game best figures of 8/16 in B Grade in 1975/76. With an aggregate of 61 wickets in the same season and 57 in A Grade in 1978/79, it is not surprising he collected 6 Bowling Average Awards amongst many other accolades.
However, it wasn’t just Donny’s bowling that made him a critical part of the Club’s success in the 70’s. A larger than life personality and affectionately known as “Village”, Donny bought an energy and commitment to the Club. Donny was a “Big Man” with a “Big Heart” and is fondly remembered for his after match celebration antics, particularly his booming voice and articulate commentary on all elements of the game and personalities.
Donny’s devotion off the field was also significant including the role of Treasurer for five seasons, long time sponsor and commuting to cricket from Albury every weekend one season, when work required him remote.
Condolences to Heather, Chris, Julia and their extended families at this difficult time.