Overseas Players

Dulip Samaraweera.

Johnson Park was joined by Dulip during the 2004 off season. As a representative of the Sri Lankan national side in 7 tests matches and 5 ODIS between 1993 and 1995. He also scored over 7000 first class runs with 16 centuries. The expectations were big on Dulip, and he did not disappoint. A brief but sparkling career whereas he holds the competition 1st division record for the highest score of 235*. Along with a Feaver medal win in 06/07 he won 3 competition Batting awards to go with 4 Club Batting Awards. In 05/06 Dulip won his first and only Bowling Award. He was club champion in all four of his seasons with 6 centuries and best bowling figures of 6/14. A member of “The Hall of Fame” and every “Team of”, he will be forever remembered as one of the best players to represent Johnson Park and is still coming to visit on occasions, sometimes treating JP youngsters with his knowledge and expertise.

Mark Halse.

The first “Pom” to represent Johnson Park over multiple seasons, Mark has the distinction of the clubs highest score of 258 in 06/07. On his second visit in 11/12, Mark represented us in the 2nd XI where he helped to guide and lead a young side with 411 runs @ 51.38 from 8 matches. He added a further two centuries to his record. Also taking 6 wickets @ 23.17 with best figures of 3/46 with his part time off spin, Mark was a very popular member with all members of the Johnson Park community.

Elliot Hind

Joining the club for the 06/07 season, Elliot Hind was a right-handed wicketkeeper batsman who offered great reliability both behind the stumps and in front of them. With a highest score of 65, Elliot totalled 236 runs at an average of 23.6. With the gloves, he took 21 catches and two stumpings. He will be remembered as one of the cleanest wicketkeepers to represent Johnson Park.

Adam Burgess

A left-handed Opening Bat who has the distinction of being the first “Overseas player” to win a flag with Johnson Park. With a total of 384 runs @ 27.43, Adam was an integral part of the Clubs first ever 1st division premiership in 2009/10. With a highest score of 136 against St Johns Tecoma in round 11, Adam quickly established him as a consistent performer at the top of the order.

Aaron West

Our Overseas player for 10/11 was none other than Aaron West. Joining us from Brentwood Cricket Club, Aaron debuted for the club against The Basin with a score of 93, which continued on with 5 half centuries in his first 5 games. With a high score of 110, he finished the season with 559 runs @ 46.58 to ensure that no one would ever forget just how good he was destroying bowling attacks around the Ferntree Gully comp.

Usman Arif.

For the first time in Johnson Park history of “Overseas Players”, we had recruited a fast bowler for the 2011/12 season. One of the quickest bowlers to played within the FTGDCA, Usman or “Uzi” bowled with great control and hostility on his way to 16 wickets @ 16.63 with best bowling figures of 5/19. He automatically made everyone else around him a better bowler, mainly because no one wanted to face him. He has since gone on to open his own cricket academy in England.

Adam Dobb

Adam Dobb joined the Johnson Park Cricket Club For the 12/13 season from the MCC young cricketers’ program. During his time at Johnson Park, Adam was a off spin bowler who contributed handy lower order runs. With a highest score of 56 against Knoxfield, he shone with the ball taking an equal record of 43 wickets @ 13.72 for the season. His best bowling figures were 8/86, with 2 five wicket Hauls. Unfortunately, Adam had to leave us after the semi final triumph, missing the premiership against UFTG, but will always be remembered as one of the most popular members Johnson Park has ever had.

Martin Weightman

One of the only 2 “Poms” to spend multiple seasons at Johnson Park, Martin joined the club for the 13/14 season. As a left-hand Bat and Left arm fast bowler, Martin is right up there with the best players to represent JP. Throughout the course of his two seasons Martin had made 1267 club runs including 986 runs for the 1st XI. He scored 2 centuries with a high score of 134* with a career average of 38.39 with a 1st XI batting award. With 45 wickets in 2 seasons with best bowling figures of 5/50, Martin was a true “All-Rounder” becoming the second “Overseas Player” to win a Premiership with the club in the 14/15 season.

Adam Clarke

The third “Pom” to be a premiership player for Johnson Park was Left arm spinner Adam Clarke. Playing in the clubs 50th year in 16/17, Adam claimed 17 wickets @ 18.94 with best figures of 3/11. In the grand final Adam took 2/30 off 13 overs as Johnson Park defeated Lysterfield. A popular figure around the club with everyone of all ages.

Julian Whetstone

18-year-old Julian Joined the club for the 17/18 season where he scored 290 runs @ 26.36 with a high score of 113. Used as a part time bowler, Julian also took 8 wickets with his right arm mediums with best bowling figures of 3/16. Julian has since relocated to Australia, playing with rivals Upwey Tecoma, but will always be a popular figure at Fair Park where he often attends club Functions.

Joseph Hayes

The last “Overseas Player” Johnson Park has had before the Global Pandemic in the 2019/20 season came from Cuckney Cricket Club, Joey was one of the cleanest strikers of the kookaburra seen at Johnson Park. A right-handed Batsman, capable at scoring quickly, his highest score of 76 was made against eventual Premiers Lysterfield in brutal fashion. Scoring 254 runs @ 23.09, Joe also managed 1 wicket with his bustling right arm mediums. Not many people before him or since have hit the ball as cleanly as “Big Joey"

Oliver Todd

Our First "Overseas Player" since the Pandemic put a halt on things, Johnson Park were joined by 18-year-old Oliver Todd for season 22/23. A tall Right Arm Fast bowler joined the club straight from the Essex 2nd XI, where 2 months before landing in Australia, he had dismissed England Test Representative Gary Ballance. After representing the club in 15 matches, he took 15 wickets at an average of 23.40. After also representing the FTGDCA in Country Week and Southeast Country in the VCCL U/21s, totalling 18 wickets. A lot of Oliver's Fridays were spent coaching our Junior Blast kids, giving back to the junior section of the club. A popular club member, his value couldn't be measured in runs and wickets alone. He is the 4th and youngest Overseas Premiership Winning player.

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