Eric and Graham Best
Father Eric and son Graeme are our only father and son Life Member combination. Graham began with Nuna in 1952, as a result of an invitation from a tennis-friend who lived a couple of doors from the Silver Grove ground. After a wet October training night he was chosen for his first game but missed the first two after contracting Chicken Pox. He started in Round 3, in C grade. He was 15 years of age, batting at #10, and never after forgot to wear a protector, after learning in the hardest possible way in his first match!
Father Eric (he of the transistor and racing guide) joined the Club a year later. He played in the "ones", then was appointed Captain of the D grade team, and the pair played together that season and won the Premiership. Eric had of course been Graham's backyard coach, and GB had been "banned " from bowling fast there, possibly due to Eric's hooking ability and the high cost of glass at the time. Although Eric, after an 8-year spell, was close to his mid-40s when he began with NCC, he continued for more than 10 years, chiefly as a left-arm medium-pacer allowing no "free hits".
Graham's first (of many) stints as captain occurred in the 60s, and immediately produced a premiership. It required a Captain's knock when chasing 213, GB providing 64 at the crunch when coming from a long way back in the Final. The team was promoted but still managed Runners-up the following year.
Graham tells us he took 28 years to reach, or return to, the First X1, in the early 1980s. In the "unbeaten champions" season, GB batted with Graeme Torbitt from 9/120 to 9/213 (Torbitt 87x), and the 2nd day was washed out. That was that First X1s only non-win during that season.
Whilst compiling a quiet 100 one day, Graham hit two consecutive 6s, the second of which was not noticed by the scorers. In a last-home-and-home match he played a significant role, but an overlooked permit caused a loss of the points PLUS a "doubling" penalty, so, from first on the table the team finished fifth (but won the subsequent teeth-grinding-championship!!).
Graham records bags of 8/30 and 8/35 vs St Davids, and a 7/27 vs Blackburn among his "personal Bests. And he is a leggie, mind you. He also has 3 centuries - yes, with the bat.
He served the Club as Secretary, Asst Secretary, and Committeeman. He was many times a Captain, twice a BHRDCA representative player, and once kept wickets all season bar the finals.
Graham rates the transfer to Mahoneys Reserve, the growth it generated, and the Social Club's arrival, as significant events during his time. He finished after season 1984/85, playing 33 seasons and 350+ games.
Eric was made a Life Member in 1957 and Graham in 1977. Eric passed away in 2000