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Cricket: Hawk set for his 200th

MICK Gaylor knows it’s a cliche to say, but he truly regards East Ballarat Cricket Club as a “second family”.
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And it’s no surprise given the 35-year-old has spent a large part of his life there after joining as a youngster during the mid-1980s when the club was known as Millbrook-Black Hill.

On Saturday, Gaylor will kit up for game number 200 with the Hawks in the Ballarat Cricket Association seconds clash against Darley.

And as a bit of “icing on the cake” he will serve as stand-in captain, with regular skipper Brad DeJong unavailable for the match.

Gaylor’s 199 games have netted more than 4700 runs at an average of almost 25 and included three centuries and 25 half-centuries.

While not known for his efforts with the ball or in the field, Gaylor also has 23 wickets and 54 catches to his name.

He has played 47 first-eleven games for East, is a fourth-eleven premiership player and is the current record-holder in the seconds with 3079 runs.

“A lot of my best mates are cricketers from the club and it’s just a fantastic place to be,” Gaylor said.

“It’s not an effort to turn up because you know you are going to enjoy yourself. If you are having a bad day, everyone gets behind you.”

Gaylor’s only time away from the club was during two seasons with Collingwood in Melbourne’s district ranks, where he played third and fourth grade as a teenager.

“It was good,” he said.

“If you are serious about (cricket), I think you should (do it). It brings a bit of a different perspective on it and the training methods they use down there, you can bring back.”

Gaylor said a turf premiership with East was the burning desire before his playing days came to an end.

“I’d love a turf flag,” he said.

“We have played in three of the past four grand finals and just haven’t quite cracked it.

“We are there and thereabouts … the team can certainly do it.”

Hawks cricket manager Mark Simpson said Gaylor was reaching legend status at the club, where he has also served on the committee.

“We are really proud of what he has done over the journey,” he said.

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East Ballarat cricketer Mick Gaylor is set to pad-up for his 200th game with the Hawks on Saturday. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

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