Congrats Mad Dog on Game 350
Taylors Lakes Cricket Club legend, life member and games record holder Simon Haigh reflects on the TLCC career of fellow club legend and life member, Robert 'Mad Dog' Morgan, in the week leading up to the latter's 350th club game.
A Laker all his life, Rob “Mad Dog” Morgan plays his 350th senior game this weekend. A 4-time Premiership player, Mad Dog was a member of all 3 premierships in the 1st XI 3-Peat. He has been an integral part of TLCC since his 1st XI senior debut in 1989/90. During his early years, Mad Dog was one of the premier opening bowlers of the competition. By no means express, Doggy was able to swing the ball both ways, with amazing accuracy. More often than not though, Doggy’s first ball would land in the dirt off the side of the pitch. He’d then shout a few expletives to himself, and then the show began. His 7 over spell late in a Semi Final vs Craigieburne remains one of the most electrifying spells of bowling ever witnessed at Lionheart.
Hamstring injuries would plague Mad Dog as his career progressed which saw him then concentrate on his batting, to the extent he opened the batting for the 1st XI during our most successful era. A tough batsman to dismiss, he has been not out 71 times – 2nd on the all time list.
Club Champ in 91/92, Mad Dog now finds himself in the Top 3 run-scorers at Lakes, and still remains in the Top 10 of all-time wicket-takers for the club, despite hardly bowling for the last decade.
A sufferer of White Line Fever, Mad Dog never took a backward step out on the ground. He was there to win, and that’s what made him a great ally out on the field. Always quick with a clever little sledge, Mad Dog could be very entertaining out on the ground as well.
So Congratulations to Mad Dog on 350 senior games for TLCC. You’ve been a pillar of consistent quality performances throughout your career. Those of us who have played with you over the journey could not respect you any more. We always knew what you would bring to Lionheart each Saturday