Nunawading Cricket Club

Colin James

Colin James

There have been very few players at Nuna who have placed as high a price on their wicket as Colin James.  Col was a fearless opener more than prepared to wear a few on the body for the team.  As well as being a hard man to remove Col set up many a win with his batting prowess.  His fearlessness also extended to his close in fielding. 

As a captain, Col inspired those who played with him and he was admired and respected (if not always liked) by all of his opponents.  Col gave no quarter on the field and asked for none in return but was always the first to invite you in for a beer after the game. 

In his later years, Col was happy to play down the grades to pass on his experience and in 1990/91 playing in the sixths after years of outstanding service, finally made his first century after batting nearly all day at Timber Ridge  -  an emotional moment for Col and those privileged to have been there. 

Col was also a great contributor off the field.  He served as social secretary with great distinction for a number of years and also chaired the selection committee for a time.  A fixture on trips away, Col always loved the off-field activities almost as much as the game itself. 

Col played in three First XI Premierships, in 1965/66, 1966/67 and 1979/80 and played a total of 309 games for the Club, what a fantastic contribution.

Away from the club, Col was a local personality running his barber shop in Station Street, Nunawading for many years and cutting hair for generations of Nuna and other BHRDCA cricketers and always having time for a laugh.  On any Friday in cricket season there would be a steady stream of people catching up on selection as the teams were on display in the window of Col's shop. 

In many ways, Col embodied the spirit of Nuna, tough as nails on the field but a great bloke off it and a friend to many.  Col's untimely death in 1996 shocked us all and his passing was mourned by many.  As a sign of the esteem in which he was held, the trophy for games between Nuna and Blackburn is the "Colin James Trophy".