BCA LIFE MEMBERS
The BCA recognises the significant contributors to cricket in the Ballarat region by awarding Life Membership.
The individuals listed below have served the Ballarat Cricket Association above all others and have all helped shape the BCA through its long history to what it is today.
The following people are members of the BCA Hall of Fame:
Rex was the first Ballarat Cricket Association member to be elevated to Legend status. His contributions to cricket were almost un-paralleled and have been recognised at levels well above the BCA.
He is pictured with BCA President, Rob Florence receiving his recognition at his home in March 2017.
Dec. December 30, 2018
Allan "Ally" Spratling was the second Ballarat Cricket Association stalwart elevated to Legend status. Ally's contributions were endless and he will forever be etched into BCA folklore.
He is pictured with BCA President, Rob Florence receiving his recognition at his home in March 2018. Sadly, Ally passed away on December 30, 2018.
W. H. (Peter) Heinz
Dec. March 26, 2009
After a term of 20 years, W.H. (Peter) Heinz resigned as President of the Ballarat Cricket Association leading into the 1970-71 season. In recognition of two decades of outstanding leadership and interest in every facet of the game, Peter was awarded a Life Membership of the BCA. Peter also spent 19 years as President of the VCCL starting in 1968-69. He was awarded and O.A.M for his contribution to the community and in particular cricket in 1994.
Peter also had an illustrious playing career, being and A Grade opening batsman for North Ballarat for about 30 years. He started playing in 1937 and retired about 1970 having missed the seasons between 1941 and '46 due to WWII. His contribution to the development of cricket in Ballarat and Country Victoria is equal to any other and grew out of his great love for the game.
Dec. December 14, 1990
In recognition of his service to country cricket, Ewen Kirton was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours lists in 1973. He was awarded Life Membership of the Ballarat Cricket Association in November, 1986, having been actively involved in cricket administration for almost 56 years including a term of 40 consecutive years as Secretary of the Victorian Country Cricket League. Ewen spent 22 years as Treasurer of the Ballarat Cricket Association and in 1963 was awarded Life Membership of the VCCL. The cup presented to VCCL Country Week by the BCA was called the E.C.Kirton Cup in recognition of Ewen's contribution to cricket in Ballarat and Victoria.
Dec. January 18, 2019
A long term commitment to cricket at all levels saw Len receive two cricket life membership awards - to the VCCL in 1981 and to the BCA in 1985. Len was a founding Director of the BCA in 1950 and secretary for 25 years - Ballarat Country Week organiser for 23 years - VCCL Zone representative for more than 17 years and a member of the Appeals Committee. His service to cricket complemented a long playing career dating back to before WWII and included stints in the Churches Association, the Industrial association, the Ballarat Cricket League and the BCA. Len also holds life membership the Ballarat Basketball Association and the Ballarat Basketball Referees Association.
Dec. December 30, 2018
After a continuous 22 years on the BCA committee Allan Spratling was awarded Life Membership in 1989-90. His untiring efforts have included an uncountable amount of years on the BCA Pennant Committee and management of the Ballarat Country Week team which he took over in 2000 from the late Vin Cahill. He has also had a great influence in his own Club and on other BCA activities. In season 1999-2000 Allan reached the 40 year milestone as Mt. Clear Cricket Club President. He was recognised at a dinner held at the VCA (Now Cricket Victoria) where he was awarded a VCA Outstanding Volunteer Award for his contribution to cricket, not only as Mt. Clear President but for his involvement in cricket in general whether as Chairman of the Pennant Committee, BCA team manager organiser of wicket layer.