Benalla’s cricketing veteran Trevor Saker has been recognised as Victoria’s Specsavers Community Cricket Champion, acknowledging his incredible efforts in making cricket great in the local area.
Saker has been involved in the sport for more than 50 years and currently coaches the Benalla Bushrangers under-14 girls team as well as mentoring junior players in the local community and maintaining the Gardens Oval.
Trevor also continues to play cricket with the Bushies in C-grade, and last year travelled to England to represent Australia in an over-60s Ashes Series.
An avid cricket fan, Saker said he was humbled to be acknowledged for his efforts in the sport.
‘‘I’m pretty chuffed and extremely grateful to Specsavers for rewarding my efforts recognised by the community, but it’s definitely a team show,’’ Saker said.
‘‘Cricket is a unique game and it’s really good to see 12-year-old kids and 60 year-old blokes all having the same enjoyment from the sport.’’
Saker was nominated by fellow cricketer and Bushies secretary Mark Saunders, who is thrilled Saker has been recognised as the state winner.
‘‘Trevor is one of those blokes that absolutely loves the game,’’ Saunders said.
‘‘He’s very deserving of this acknowledgement because he’s really done it all and has put a lifetime into the sport.
‘‘He’s always helping out and doing incredible things on and off the field and is a real mentor in the cricket community in Benalla.’’
Specsavers, in partnership with Aussie cricket legend Ian Healy, selected Saker as the state’s Community Cricket Champion because of his incredible dedication to building the sport of cricket in the local Benalla community.
As a reward for his commitment to the sport, Trevor has been gifted tickets to a Gillette One Day International match for himself and the local cricket club, along with a free Specsavers eye test and eyewear.