A Tribute to Dr John Beaton
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dr John Beaton, the enthusiastic pioneer of 0/60 cricket in ACT and talented administrator of the first Interstate 0/60 cricket Carnival, in 2006. It was played at the Australian National University Ovals, where John was engaged for many years.
Not only did he seek grounds for play, but gained Government interest, to enter a team in the carnival of politicians and servants.
Prime Minister at the time, John Howard, gave radio and press support following John Beaton's personal approach to him.
That carnival pioneered the ongoing interstate games thereafter.
I have a beautifully engraved trophy skilfully produced by John, thanking me for my part in the event.
His story as an American taking on cricket not only as a player, but in an expert administrative capacity, with Canberra thereafter being an enthusiastic participant in all aspects of our veterans' game.
Ron Axelby , in that original Carnival, has few peers in his dedication to continuing where Dr John Beaton started.
John Hammer OAM Life Member VOSCA ( now Australian Masters Cricket)