Former Chairman of selectors for the New South Wales Blues, Australian selector and legend of the Gordon Cricket Club, Dick Guy, has passed away.
Mr Guy served as Chairman of the NSW panel of selectors for nine seasons from 1979/80 to 1987/88 and served as a selector for 16 seasons between 1972/73 to 1987/88.
He was also a member of the Australian selection panel that famously selected former Blues off-spinner Peter Taylor to make his Test debut in the fifth Test of the 1986/87 Ashes series at the SCG.
Taylor claimed career best figures of 6/78 in the first innings, finishing with eight wickets for the Test, and scoring a valuable second innings 42 to be named man of the match.
Mr Guy collected 25 wickets in eight First-Class matches for NSW between 1960/61 and 1968/69, and was a prodigious leg-spinner throughout his 18 seasons with the Gordon Cricket Club in the Sydney First Grade competition.
He was also a member of the NSW Cricket Board for seven years and the Australian Cricket Board for six years.
Mr Guy was elected a Life Member of the NSW Cricket Association in 1981 for his distinguished career in cricket administration.
Director of the NSW Cricket Board and former NSW player, Marshall Rosen, said Mr Guy was a dear friend and will be sadly missed by many in the wider cricket community.
“Dick was my First Grade captain for around nine years and was the ultimate cricket man, first as a passionate grade cricketer for Gordon, First-Class cricketer for NSW, State (and) Australian selector and also as an administrator,” said Mr Rosen.
“All of his huge involvement with the game of Cricket was as an amateur and unpaid.”
“Dick and a number (of) other Gordon cricketers of that era have remained as friends for life.”
Mr Guy returned his best First-Class figures of 4-64 on two occasions against Western Australia in 1964/65 and South Australia in 1968/69.
He claimed 21 wickets at 24.56 in five matches for NSW Colts and took best figures of 6-71 at that level against Victoria Colts in 1961/62.
Mr Guy also managed the NSW 2nd XI and Colts teams for seven years and took a NSW team to Zimbabwe in 1989.
The legendary spinner took 786 wickets for Gordon in First Grade at the outstanding average of 16.44, which is the most by any Gordon bowler and more than 200 wickets ahead of the next on the list, the great Charlie Macartney.
His 786 First Grade wickets included an amazing 61 five-wicket hauls between 1957/58 to 1974/75. Across all grades, Mr Guy claimed 999 wickets for Gordon.
The Gordon great claimed eight wickets in an innings five times in First Grade and seven scalps in an innings on a further eight occasions. His career best figures in First Grade were 8-34.
He took 50 wickets in a season seven times including a career best tally of 91 scalps during the 1967/68 Sydney First Grade season and was named the 1968 Daily Telegraph First Grade Player of the Year.
His season haul of 91 wickets was the most wickets taken in a season not affected by either World War I or II. He was also the leading wicket-taker in First Grade on six occasions.
Mr Guy was a member of the Gordon Cricket Club General Committee for 20 years – the last five as President – and was elected a Life Member of the Club in 1969.
He was also a delegate to the NSW Cricket Association for 20 years.
Mr Guy passed away on Wednesday age 81.
The funeral for Mr Guy will be held at Terrigal Uniting Church on Tuesday 22 May at 1.00pm.
Funeral details for Dick Guy:
Terrigal Uniting Church, Tuesday 22 May at 1.00pm.
380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal
(afterwards at Erina Leagues Club)