Mosman Cricket Club’s most distinguished old boy came home yesterday, stopping off long enough to hit a century in Mosman Municipal Council’s centenary match on the ground to be named after him – Allan Border Oval.
Twenty years after he walked 100m across The Crescent from No 27 to play first grade on Mosman Oval as a lad from North Sydney Boys High, Border cracked 160 from 118 balls to lead Mosman Mayor’s XI to a one-wicket win over Greg Chappell’s XI.
Allan Border Oval and the club house, prior to its demolition earlier this year.
Border brought up his half-century with a pull-driven six from national selector John Benaud, his century from 92 balls with a lovely boundary through extra cover, and in all he struck four sixes and 22 boundaries.
More than 6000 locals watched the Allan Border XI v Greg Chappell XI centenary match in 1993.
In front of a crowd of 6,000 and before yet another match-winning innings, Border said: “I always come back here, check the place out, drive around The Crescent and look at the oval.”
“I’ll always be a Mosman boy.”
“To have the oval named after you … you always think that happens to old-timers. Perhaps there’s a message there.”
Mosman Mayor Dom Lopez with Allan Boarder after the 1993 centenary match.
Approaching 38 in July, Border laughed and said: “It’s a huge honour, without question. This is really where it all started for me, so it is the ultimate honour.”
Greg Chappell’s team contained 10 Test players and former NSW all-rounder Hugh martin, who smashed his way to 59 after a fine innings by Trevor Chappell (72) and Doug Walters (64) for what appeared to be a winning score of 9-289 before the intervention of Border and his first Captain Barry Knight (50).