The club was formed in 1965 as Parkview Cricket Club and fielded it’s first side in D grade of the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association in 1965/66. The club was formed by a group of players who had played with St Lukes, but they decided to form a club of their own as there was some doubt about the future of that club. The founding players from St Lukes included Chris Day, Mal & john Boschier, Christ Nichols, Stewart Graham, Maurie Bell, Bill Lockhart and Ron Elverd.
Another player to join the club was Brian Dinsdale who at the time was a student at Mitcham High School. In following seasons he lured fellow students Colin Bull, John Peck and David Peebeles to Parkview. The club’s home ground was initially Nunawading High School, with some home games being played at Deep Creek reserve on Anderson’s Creek Rd, East Doncaster, at Donvale Soccer Ground and also at Blooms, (now Simpson’s) Reserve in Cochrane St, Mitcham with this ground still being used by the club.
The colours of Parkview were originally green and brown. During the early seasons players raised funds by delivering leaflets around various parts of Melbourne on Sundays. The club were premiers in 1965/66 with Chris Nichols collecting 75 wickets (still a club record), the inaugural president was Mr William Piercy.
On the 14th July 1967 the club changed its name to Heatherdale Cricket Club and its colours to blue and white. In 1968/69 the club moved to the Heatherdale Reserve in Purches Street, Mitcham. The main Heatherdale Reserve was laid out in the 1972/73 season and at the time the club’s pitch was moved from the now No.2 oval to its present position.
Heatherdale has grown progressively from its foundation to one of the largest clubs in the association, with 6 senior teams, a Veterans team, up to 14 junior boys teams and 3 junior girls teams.
In the seniors the 2nds were added in 1967/68, the 3rds in 1971/72, the 4ths in 1974/75, the 5ths in 1977/78 and the 6ths in 1979/80. Our first junior side was the U14s who were fielded for the first time in 1969/70. The first U16s side was the following year while the first U12 side turned out during the 1972/73 season. Veterans began in 2006 and we were one of the inaugural clubs to have girls teams in 2015/16 season.
At the beginning of 92/93, due in main to the ageing of the local population, the junior club merged with Vermont Uniting, doubling junior numbers at Heatherdale.
And so we see the creation of Heatherdale Cricket Club, one of the powerhouse clubs in the BHRDCA.
|4||Kevon Harris (Deceased)||1981/1982|
|7||Michael Van Zuyden||1986/1987|
|27||Tim Da Silveira||2011/2012|
|12||Alex Gillespie (Deceased)||1993/1995|