Stalwart hailed as a legend

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
David Hutchison was equally accomplished with both bat and ball at country week.
Camera IconDavid Hutchison was equally accomplished with both bat and ball at country week. Credit: WA Country Cricket Board

Respected WA cricket country week stalwart David Hutchison will receive an illustrious honour next Friday when he will be officially recognised as a “legend” of the carnival.

Hutchison, who will be inducted alongside current WA Country Cricket board chairman Rob Marshall and Shane Tobin, has competed in 32 consecutive country week carnivals prior to the 100th instalment, which begins on Sunday.

Naturally, there have been a few instances which have threatened to derail the strike, including a curious fly which caused Hutchison discomfort on the day of a game many years ago.

“I’ve been very lucky,” he said.

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“I’ve been a school teacher so I’ve always been on holidays, which has been fortunate for me.

“There have been a couple of little things along the way — one year, I remember on the way to the ground I had a flyblow into my eye and I think I missed the first three games.”

Hutchison grew up in Kalamunda and began his country week tenure with Port Hedland after getting a work transfer following his wedding day.

In later years, he also represented Northam, Donnybrook-Capel and Donnybrook-Blackwood.

However, regardless of where the versatile all-rounder was, a degree of pride and camaraderie for the region and teammates he represented always followed suit.

“That was probably one of the best things about country week, especially in those days,” Hutchison said. “We’d go back to the WACA after every night and we would all get together.

“When you arrive in a place you don’t know anyone — very quickly you can walk into a cricket club and get to know a group of blokes.

“Then if you go away with them, you can get to know them really well.

“And with guys from other clubs that you got to meet, you’ve got that common interest of cricket and you end up making really good friendships.”

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