Veteran Lyon to pad up for 250th first XI game for Strathfieldsaye

AT the age of 46 Greg Lyon is still working on ways to better himself as a cricketer.

Be it his batting or out in the field, Strathfieldsaye veteran Lyon still has a fierce desire to find improvements in his game, while his passion for cricket is still as strong as ever.

On Saturday Lyon will take to the field for his 250th first XI game for the Jets in the BDCA – almost 30 years after playing his first.

“Even at this age I still try to improve where I can and I just don’t want to be making up the numbers,” Lyon said on Thursday.

“I want to make sure that I’m contributing to the side and getting better wherever I can… whether that’s with my batting or fielding.

“That’s definitely one thing I try to pass on to the young players is that you’ve just got to keep trying to go to the next level every year and always look to ask questions.”

Greg Lyon completed batting seasons since 1999-2000.

Greg Lyon completed batting seasons since 1999-2000.

Lyon made his first XI debut for Strathfieldsaye in 1988-89 and has forged a career in which he holds the club record for most runs (5688), dismissals (372) and first XI games.

He’s a former captain and coach of the Jets, a member of the club’s only BDCA first XI premiership team in 2000-01 and has represented the BDCA four times at Melbourne Country Week.

“Taking the A grade side to two finals campaigns as coach is something I’m proud of doing,” Lyon said.

“I know we didn’t get the chocolates in either year (2008-09 and 2014-15), but I feel it was an achievement from the club’s perspective.”

Greg Lyon completed fielding seasons since 1999-2000.

Greg Lyon completed fielding seasons since 1999-2000.

As well as his career at Strathfieldsaye, Lyon – who has 253 runs this season – has also spent time playing with Caloundra in Queensland, where he also coached the club into finals.

While he has relinquished the gloves, most of Lyon’s career has been spent as a wicket-keeper batsman.

He’s one of only three players in BDCA history – along with Geoff Findlay and Matt Fitt – to have more than 300 dismissals and 5000 runs.

Lyon’s 250th game will be played against Golden Square at Wade Street.