FEW clubs can lay claim to the rich history celebrated by Bendigo United Cricket Club at the weekend.
The club, fondly known as BUCCs in cricket circles, celebrated it's 150th birthday.
More than 200 past and present players attended a birthday dinner at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club on Saturday night, where many stories were shared and past victories remembered. Cricketer and former captain David Bicknell said master of ceremonies, former BUCCs cricketer and sports commentator, Anthony Hudson ``added polish to a tremendous night''.
``The players and supporters are very proud of our history,'' Mr Bicknell said.
``There's been a lot of reminiscing and a lot of funny moments.''The club yesterday celebrated it's playing history with a match of past and present players.
The team of past players was led by life member and former captain Herb Hesse.
``Fortunately, I feel I will be able to bat a little, but the ball will look pretty small to me,'' he said.
The 85-year-old played with the club from 1936 until 1960.
He scored a century when the club won the 1937-38 premiership.Mr Hesse remembers when five men were needed to push a heavy roller across the ground to prepare the wicket before matches and practice sessions.
``That heavy roller was a curse,'' he said.
``The roster didn't always work and sometimes only three of us would turn up to prepare the wicket and my wife would have to help us push.''Fellow life member Keith Fox, 76, said the club had survived through some difficult times. ``There was a lot of individual effort put in by members to keep the club going because money was scarce,'' he said.
Mr Fox said the club suffered financial strain after the war and players refurbished deck chairs which once sat adjacent to the club's home ground, the Harry Trott oval, in Kennington, for auction.