Lindsay Alabaster

Debut: 1970-71
Club No: 100
Club Games: 225
50+ Years Service
Batting: 195 innings, 2690 runs @ 16.92
Highest Score: 133no (Seniors)
Bowling: 51 wickets @ 16.31
Best Bowling: 5/4 (Juniors)
Awards: Life Membership (1989), 50 Years Service (2020)
Leadership: Club President (2000/01-2001/02, 2009/10-2010/11), Club Secretary (1986/87-1988/89),
1st XI Captain (1986/87-1989/90), Junior Co-Ordinator (2005/06–2008/09)

Lindsay started with the Club in 1970/71 in the U/14’s as a 9 year old and then became Captain of our first U/12 side in 1973/74, and often subbed for the senior teams. He progressed through the junior ranks and was a member of our first U/16 Premiership side in 1977/78.

As a senior player he played 146 games, and as a wicket keeper recorded 134 dismissals (118 catches and 16 stumpings). A hard hitting batsman he scored two centuries.

Lindsay captained the 1st XI for four seasons in which the team was twice runners-up.

He has held the positions of Club President, Deputy President, Secretary, Vice President (Match Committee) and Vice President (Juniors) along with Delegate, Junior Coach, Senior Practice Co-ordinator and Social Convenor.

In 2006, Lindsay compiled a complete history of all Junior statistics and published them along with all players’ numbers for Club, Seniors and Juniors. He continues to to update the club’s valuable statistical records of all players. (Seniors, Juniors and Vets)

Lindsay’s 2 sons have also played for the Cougars, which now make 7 Alabasters (across three Generations) in total to have played, or are still playing Seniors. Six of the Alabasters all played and Captained in our Juniors (John Alabaster only played Seniors).

Lindsay managed negotiations with Council in the building of our new pavilion in 2006 and then headed the project of raising over $20,000 in just a few short months, for the installation of practice nets at Glen Waverley North Reserve.

In 2009, Lindsay’s son Jake was recruited to Premier club Richmond where Lindsay followed.
Lindsay was immediately elected in on Richmond’s Committee where he committed the next 11 years. Lindsay was awarded Life Membership at Richmond for his outstanding commitment to the Club.
All during his time at Richmond, each season Lindsay still gave his time back to the Club compiling all the Cougars stats.

2020/21 marked Lindsay’s 50th year of service to the Club and became the second Club member to achieve this outstanding milestone. This season, Lindsay also had the VETS “MVP” trophy named in his honour.