Introducing the Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket Hall of Fame

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Cricket Australia has opened the Indoor Cricket Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Australian Open Championships Awards Dinner.

The announcement was expected following a pre-announcement by Cricket Australia endorsed by none other than Australian Test Cricket Legend Mark Waugh.

Speculation has been rife regarding who would be inducted on Saturday and now the cat is out of the bag.

The first three inductees to the Indoor Cricket Hall of Fame are Ross Gregory, Donna Dalby and David Shepley! Each of these individuals have made tremendous contributions to indoor cricket and thoroughly deserve the accolade.

Ross Gregory

  • Involved in the sport for over 30 years
  • Made major contributions to Indoor Cricket as a player, administrator and elite coach
  • Captained the Waverley Chiefs/Knox Chiefs to 12 Premiership wins in the Vic-league
  • Represented the Victorian Open Men's Team from 1982 to 1990 and was captain between 1984 and 1988
  • After retiring as a player, became coach of the Victorian Open Men's team
  • In 2001 Ross was appointed to the position of Head Coach of the Australian Extreme Men's Indoor Cricket Team
  • Ross has led Australia to 6 successful World Cups & 7 International Series victories

Donna Dalby

  • Started her playing career at the age of 14 at Ipswich Indoor Sports Centre
  • Dominated the Queensland Indoor Cricket Super League with the Ispwich Indoor Sports Centre Ladies A team
  • Debuted for Queensland in 1988 and went on to play 18 National Championships at Opens Ladies Level and several more in the Over 30 Ladies
  • Debuted for Australia in 1990, soon becoming captain and leading Australia to 4 consecutive Indoor Cricket World Cup titles
  • In 2004 Donna was appointed as the Queensland Open Ladies Coach
  • In 2007 Donna graduated to the Australian Junior Ladies Coach where the success continued
  • In 2008 Donna hit the heights and became the Coach of the Australian Open Ladies team, a position she still enjoys today

David Shepley

  • Involved in the sport for over 30 years
  • Umpired at 5 Open Championships, including 3 Men's Grand Finals
  • Developed and implemented the Umpire Accreditation Program in 1992, which is still in use today
  • Developed and conducted many umpiring workshops throughout Australia, helping deliver the high standard of officiating witnessed today
  • Worked tirelessly on rule development including the official rules for Indoor Cricket as well as for state and international events
  • Moved from the recognised position of top umpire into the role of Tournament Director
  • Managed 100+ state events, 46 national events and 6 international events as Tournament Director
  • Awarded Indoor Cricket Life Membership from Queensland Cricket
  • Current member of the Cricket Australia High Performance Committee


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