At the peak of his career, Lloyd Bilney was chosen to play against Clive Lloyd’s West Indian side in October 1984 after having impressed for the S.A. Country XI against a City XI team in March 1984. Playing as an opening bowler, Lloyd dismissed opener Gordon Greenidge for 14, taking 1/52 from his 10 overs.
Few would have thought in 1970 when Lloyd Bilney first played for Wistow C.C. Colts that this enthusiastic “midget” would become in seven years a permanent A Grade player who would develop into a very quick opening bowler. A top allround cricketer who was always in the game, his catching was a treat. When not dominating the bowling crease he would be dominating the middle order batting with his free scoring style, so not surprisingly he rarely missed collecting the club’s Best Allrounder trophy.
“Bing” was elected Club Captain for two seasons 1980/81 and 1981/82 and was selected in the Meyer Shield team for eleven seasons from 1977 to 1988. Lloyd took a hat-trick on two occasions and won the Association Bowling Aggregate once, together with eight club bowling trophies. His batting was just as impressive having made the tail “wag” with numerous runs scoring eight centuries including one double century (the first Wistow ‘A’ grade player to have done so). He won the Association Batting Aggregate in 1983 together with five club batting trophies and at least six bowling trophies. When Lloyd left for Goolwa after the 1988/89 season it left a gaping hole in Wistow’s team as he had “done it all”, the most memorable being his 16 overs of express pace bowling taking 5/44 in the 1982/83 premiership win.
Two-time A Grade Premiership Player – 1973/74 & 1982/83 (scored 31 and took 5/44 from 16 overs)
1984/85 A Grade Batting – Aggregate & Average – 591 runs @ 49.25 **stats are incomplete for this season**
1985/86 A Grade Batting – Aggregate – 350 runs
1986/87 A Grade Batting – Aggregate & Average – 604 runs @ 46.46
1987/88 A Grade Batting – Aggregate & Average – 454 runs @ 41.27
1983/84 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate & Average – 28 wickets @ 15.07
1984/85 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate & Average – 31 wickets @ 16.48 **stats are incomplete for this season**
1985/86 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate – 16 wickets
1986/87 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate & Average – 39 wickets @ 10.64
1987/88 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate & Average – 33 wickets @ 9.97
1988/89 A Grade Bowling – Aggregate – 35 wickets
2,450 runs scored in A Grade @ 37.69 including 11 half centuries and 5 centuries
182 wickets in A Grade @ 14.21 including 11 five wicket hauls
*NB – all of the above stats are only for the period from 1983/84 – 1988/89 after Wistow joined the Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket Association – Bing’s earlier stats from when the club played in the Mt Barker & Eastern Hills Cricket Association are still to be collated.
FOOTNOTE – the enthusiastic “midget” below: