Ron Hamence.

img119Ron being carried by his workmates at the Guv after the announcement of his inclusion in the 1948 Australian Cricket Test Side.

( Photo courtesy of Bruce Lockier).

Ron Hamence was a hot metal compositor at the Old Guv and later became a proofreader up until his retirement.

Sadly, Ron passed away in 2010, but during his time with us he was a wonderful character who loved his mates and a few beers.

He was also a wonderful cricketer who played District Cricket for West Torrens and Sheffield Shield Cricket for South Australia.

In 1948, he became part of Don Bradman’s 1948 side “The Invincibles”.

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Pictured on the boat bound for England in 1948 is Ron Hamence with his good mate Ernie Toshack (fast-medium bowler).

Ron often recalled that he and some of the cricket side on the ship-board journey to England frequently had a sing-song in the adjacent cabin to Captain Don Bradman with Arti tapping on the wall after each song finished and calling out ‘What do you think of that one, “Braddles” (Bradman)?’.

Bradman was not amused.

Ron Hamence played in 19 of the matches in 1948, and was extremely unlucky to miss out on a test game.

His top score was against Somerset with 99 runs. He finished with a tour average of 32.33.

Between 1935 and 1950 Ron Hamence made 5,285 runs for South Australia at an average of 37.75 including 11 centuries.

His highest score was 173 against New South Wales.


Pictured: Neil Hallett (Ron’s son-in law), Luke (Ron’s great grandson) and Lyn Hallett (Ron’s Daughter) who sadly passed away in late 2015).

Rod Parham

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