The Home of the Imps
Welcome to Williamstown Imperials Cricket Club. We are based in the inner-western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria just 10km from the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Known as the 'Imps, we currently run three sides, two turf and one matting and participate in the VTCA, for seniors and have two Under 11As, and an Under 11 Cubs in the WRJCA and an extensive Milo Cricket Program for your younger stars.
Our home ground is the Fearon Reserve in the historic bayside suburb of Williamstown and is located just a 'six over square leg' away from Williamstown Beach.
Imperials Award Winners Season 2016/17
This season has seen many highs for the club and also many individual highs. This season saw 4 separate hundreds made and a number of 5 wicket hauls taken. This season saw all three of our senior sides make the finals, with our firsts and seconds making it through to Grand Finals. Our first's broke their premiership drought of 23 years with a hard fought win over Seabrook.
We would like to congratulate the following players for their seasons and their awards they took home this year.
First Eleven Winners:
Batting Average: Peter Herrick - 74.63*
Bowling Average: Glen Robson - 8.88*
Eddie Marr Medallist: Peter Herrick
Second Eleven Winners:
Batting Average: Rob Gibbins - 52.00
Bowling Average: Brenton Fletcher - 17.65
Kellett Family Medallist: Brenton Fletcher
Third Eleven Winners:
Batting Average: Gavan Flower - 66.33
Bowling Average: Tristan Pearce - 17.05
Alan Bunnett Award: Tristan Pearce
Best Clubman: Brett Pearce
* Denotes Association winner
Inspirational leader takes home Comp Medal
Captain Coach Lee Elmore has taken out the West A1 competition medal, voted the best player in the league. Elmore took out the prized award with 28 votes, one ahead of Seabrook captain Leigh Edwards. Elmore had a fine season, not only being the first Captain or Coach to bring home a First XI flag to the Fearon, but also being named Captain of the West A1 team of the Year side also.
Elmore throughout the season, had an ability to change a game when needed either with the bat or the ball. He made 280 runs at 21.54 with the bat, and 33 wickets at an impressive 9.88 average with the ball with best figures of 6/20 against County West.
Elmore struggled throughout the season with underlying injuries with his shoulder, but stood up when needed, bowling through the pain to put his side in winning positions. Elmore demonstrated time and time and again his leadership and experience through taking wickets at times of need. His best performance no doubt came against Williamstown Colts where he took 5/8 in 10 overs. He also showed his dominance on a flat track against Bellbridge early in the season taking 4/19 off 17 overs.
Elmore was joined in the team of the year by two other Williamstown Imperials players. Peter Herrick and Glen Robson. Both players finished in the top 10 for the competition medal also. Herrick finished the season with a tally of 597 runs at an average of 74.63 in 11 games with two hundreds to his name. Whilst Robson amassed 407 runs at an average with 45.22 with one hundred to his name. Robson also took 24 wickets at an average of 8.88 from his 115 overs bowled throughout the season. Both undoubtably had great years to support Elmore.
We would like to congratulate all three players on their year.
West A1 Team of the Year
Peter Herrick - Williamstown Imperials
Dean Comensoli - Grand United
Leigh Edwards (wk) - Seabrook
Daniel Lewis-Williams - Williamstown Colts
Andrew Cristofaro - Melton Centrals
Glen Robson - Williamstown Imperials
Lee Elmore (C) - Williamstown Imperials
Adam Hulett - Melton Centrals
Milorad Konjevic - Grand United
Wayne Donaldson - Grand United
Hassan Muhammad - Williamstown Colts
Imperials Break Flag Drought
It was 23 years in the making, our clubs first 1st XI flag since the 1992/93 season. Lee Elmore led his chargers into the final as favorites against Seabrook CC in the West A1 Grand Final who were playing in their first Grand Final in over 3o years. The Grand Final was played over four days at Saltwater Reserve in Point Cook.
Our boys went into the game full of confidence after beating one of the flag favorites in the Semi Final, Melton Centrals.
Seabrook's captain, Leigh Edwards won the toss and elected to bat. The day almost got off to the best start possible if not for a drop catch in the very first over of the day. Our bowlers toiled hard in the 133.2 overs they had to bowl which meant that the Imps where in the field for a day and a half. Had it not been for many dropped chances, the Imps may have been batting a lot sooner. Luke Fossett was the pick of our bowlers taking 3/36 off his 29 overs, which included 21 maidens. Luke Hudson, Ben Butcher and Michael McCullough taking two each. The bowlers restricted Seabrook to 231 off their 133.2 overs in the heat over a day and a half.
It was over to the batters to get the job done, and the Imps got off to a flyer. Peter Herrick and Daniel Slattery put on 48 before Herrick was dismissed for 30 before drinks in the third session of day two. at the close of play day two, the Imperials where in a fight being 4/100 with Glenn Robson and Lee Elmore at the crease. Partnerships where the key for day three, and the skipper (Elmore) and club legend (Robson) where up for the challenge heading into the days play. Elmore fell when the score was on 104, which brought Rob Gibbins to the crease fresh from hitting the winning runs in the Semi Final. He and Robson added 56 for the 7th wicket before Robson fell on 68 with the score at 160. Gibbins fell when the score was on 185 which brought Hudson and Butcher to the crease together. Still needing 62 runs to win Hudson and Butcher built a partnership and etched towards the total. At stumps on day three, the Imps had only five runs to make to win first innings points. Hudson and Butcher strode to the crease on day four full of confidence, knowing that the Seabrook bowlers would throw everything at them. Butcher fell early and McCullough joined Hudson. McCullough decided that he didn't want this to be drawn out any longer and tried to hit one out of the park for a dot ball. The next over Hudson got a single bringing McCullough on strike with one to tie and two to win, he smashed the ball through mid wicket to get back for a second run. The scenes were of joy and jubilation on the sidelines with Seabrook not wanting to play a second innings to try and reverse the result, which left the Imperials crowned Premiers for season 2016/17.
Luke Hudson went on to win player of the match with his 2 wickets and 33 not out to guide the side to victory.
Unfortunately, the 2nd XI were not able to come up trumps in their Grand Final Clash against Gellibrand. Gellibrand batted first with our key wicket takers were Brett Pearce with 4/52 off his 22.2 overs, Shiven Nayyar with 3/50 off 17 overs and Ciaran Hayes 2/50 off his 20 overs. The Imps restricted Gellibrand to 195. The Imps batters were not able to get this score, only managing 125 with Pearce top scoring with 37 not out and was supported by Brenton Fletcher with 32.
This result will no doubt drive our players to further success in 2017/18. We would like to congratulate all players that took part in the 2nd XI finals campaign.
Our 3rd XI competed well all season to be bundled out in the Semi Final to West Newport in a heart breaking game for our boys. They were 7 runs short at the end of the days play in the One Day competition. Matt Jones was the pick of our bowlers with 2/45 off 7 overs whilst Stuart Richardson top scored with 48 and was supported by Paul O'Keef with 44 and Lee Hayes with 34. We also congratulate our third XI players for their season and finals campaign.
Three senior sides in finals, one premiership, one runner up and a semi final game demonstrates the success the club witnessed this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our year, our sponsors, our committee, our supporters and families. We look forward to preseason for next season. Go Imps!