SRDCC Life Member - M J Walters

At the Annual General Meeting of the Club held on the 25th July, 1983, Life Membership of the Club was conferred on Mr. Maxwell John Walters in recognition of his special services to the Club.

Maxwell John Walters commenced his cricket career with the club in the 1965/66 season at 12 years of age and headed the Club and Q.C.A batting averages with 354 runs at 44.25 as opening batsman in the premiership Schoolboy side. He also kept wickets (8 catches & 5 stumpings) and played 3 innings in the Intermediate Grade.

In the following year, he captained the Schoolboy side which won the premiership and again headed the Q.C.A. batting averages with 295 runs at 59.00. In this year, he played 1 innings in Intermediate Grade, 13 in B Grade and 5 in Reserve Grade. His 8 stumpings in B Grade is still joint record for any year in the grade.

He first played A Grade in the 1967/68 year and played A & Reserve Grades until the 1970/71 year when he was selected in the Colts team. In this year, he made his mark averaging 30.37 with one century (103) against this Club.

Max returned to play with the Club in the 1972/73 year before clinching his place in the A Grade contributed 88 runs at 44 to the premiership winning Reserve Grade side.

He had a momentous year in 1975/76. He made his first century (101) for the Club and headed the Club averages with 362 runs at 60.33 from 8 bats (still the best average in First Grade and the senior grades). He captained the Metropolitan Colts and Queensland Colts in wins against Country Colts & N.S.W. Colts respectively. He was selected to play for Queensland in the Gillette Cup Final against Western Australia in February, 1976 and to play in the Shield match against South Australia.

His 35 in the Gillette Cup Final was memorable as it helped in the winning of Queensland's first major cricket trophy - fittingly in the Association's Centenary year. He rounded off the year as a member of the Club team which on the 21st March, 1976 won the Channel O Cup - the Club's first major trophy.

Further representative honours eluded him until a Gillette Cup match in October, 1977 and he then had a good run in Shield matches scoring 485 runs from 16 innings at 30.31 which included a century (122) against N.S.W. in January, 1978. He played against India in Novmber, 1977.

In 1978/79, he made 57 not out in a Gillette Cup match against South Australia, but played in 2 Shield matches without success. He had the misfortune to be badly injured in his last representative game against the M.C.C.

Max has consistently made runs for the Club, generally as an opening batsman and in later years was 4th. in the Q.C.A. averages and 2nd. in 1980/81. He has made 4 centuries (one in Second Grade) and holds the First Grade record partnership, 219, with Martin Kent. He was captain of the First Grade in 1980/81 and 1981/82 years. His record is:-

  Innings Not Outs Highest Score Runs Average
First Grade 158 22 119 4009 29.48
Queensland Shield 21 - 122 523 24.90
Queensland First Class 25 1 122 544 22.66
Queensland One Day 3 1 57* 104  52.00

Max served on the Executive Committee of the Club during the year 1975/76 and was a Club delegate to the Q.C.A. He was appointed Honorary Treasurer of the Club on the 4th February, 1980 and still holds that position. He was again a Club delegate to the Q.C.A. in the 1980/81 year.