Vale Bob Jenkin

Nunawading CC are saddened to announce the passing of Club legend and Life Member, Bob Jenkin, who passed away yesterday aged 91.

Bob joined Nunawading CC as a friend of fellow life member Ken Rout in 1962, Ken and Bob grew up together and played turf cricket at East Malvern where Bob was also a life member.

Bob’s career at Nuna spanned 16 years, until 1978. He played 158 games as an off spinner and lower-order bat, taking 334 wickets at 15 with thirteen 5 wicket hauls. He also made ten 50s and one century with the bat with an average around 20 which is very good for a bowler of any generation.

In 1965/66, Bob made almost 300 runs as well as winning the bowling average with 33 wickets at 10.6.

Bob was soon involved in the administration of club affairs and acted as club delegate to the BHRDCA. He spent time as Assistant Secretary of the BHRDCA when Ray McIntosh was President.

Later, when Bob Saker was unable to continue as Club President because of his police responsibilities, Bob became Nunawading CC President, a position he held for ten continuous years from 1972 to 1982.

The Club winning the BHRDCA Premiership and McIntosh Shield, celebrating the Centenary of Test Cricket in 1976-77 and end of season trips were amongst Bob’s highlights at the Club.

Bob was awarded Life Membership in 1975.

Of course, Bob was Peter’s Dad. Peter is also a Life Member and filled the Club President role for as long as his Dad and also bowling offies (perhaps not as good a batting average however 😉).

Bob was well known for his dry sense of humour and his business-management approach to running the Club, an approach which we are still benefitting from to this day as Bob set the tone for professionalism in club administration which we still adopt.

The Club wishes Peter and his family all the best at this sad time and recognises the immense contributions made by Bob to our club both on and off the field.

Vale Bob !

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