Lloyd “Bing” Bilney


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 team in March. 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 and 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 only Wistow player to have done so). He won the Association Batting Aggregate in 1983 together with five club batting 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 was his 16 overs of express pace bowling taking 5/44 in the 1982/83 premiership win.