b. 14-Oct-1918 | d. 23-Jun-2003
Doug Ring was only 20 years of age when he arrived at Punt Road in 1938 after playing 2 senior games at Prahran. After only a handful of games at his new club, on December 23rd that same year he made his debut for Victoria against N.S.W, a rapid rise indeed.
Doug was a champion bowler of right arm leg spin and a punishing middle order right hand bat. The Second World War intervened in his career but even with those terrible wasted years he was still able to achieve nearly everything he would have wished for in the game he loved.
For the Tigers in the period 1938-39 to 1956-57, Doug played 127 games, taking 392 wickets with 22 five-wicket hauls and scored 2289 runs with 2 centuries and 8 fifties. He was a great leader around the club and on the field his contributions were remarkable. He was 4 times Club Champion and won 5 Bowling Awards. When he was available he was a regular Victorian player.
At First Class level for Victoria he played 67 games, took 236 wickets and scored 2369 runs with 145 against Queensland his best. These figures were good enough to have him selected for Australia and he made his Test debut against India in 1948, becoming Australia’s 181st Cap and Richmond’s 8th. He toured England with Australia teams twice, the 1948 undefeated team became known as the Invincibles. All up he played 13 Tests and took 35 wickets, his 4 scores of 50 or more at this level showed his batting ability.
Doug was a big man 188cm tall and 90kg, but the sharp reflexes he possessed saw him take 68 catches for Richmond and 62 for Victoria, usually at slip. He possessed such a wonderful personality and great knowledge of cricket that he was the Channel 7 cricket reporter for the highly rated Sunday programme World of Sport for many years.
He captained both Richmond and Victoria, played in Richmond’s 1946-47 Premiership Team, was awarded Life Membership in 1953 and selected in the club’s Team of the Century. Cricket lovers around Australia would not be surprised at Doug Ring’s induction into the Richmond Cricket Club 2009 Hall of Fame.