Jeffrey I. Russ

Jeff Russ was a one club player. For 17 seasons, 1967-68 to 1983-84, Jeff gave the Richmond Cricket Club all the loyalty and physical endeavour he could muster in an effort to see the club succeed, and succeed they did.

Jeff sent down 8490 energetic deliveries to obtain 434 wickets at the wonderful average of 19.56. When you add in the 2337 runs that he achieved for the Tigers in his 206 games you realise just how highly influential in the club’s success story of his playing days he was. In a golden period, Richmond played in 6 senior Grand Finals and took out the V.C.A. Club Championship 6 times.

In the 2 Richmond senior premierships he was part of, Jeff opened the batting in the 1976-77 win scoring a fine 70 and in the 1982-83 victory bowled 31 overs taking 3 for 38.

He was a very consistent cricketer, his right arm fast medium bowling was good enough to achieve 20 five-wicket hauls; he took 30 or more wickets in a season 7 times and twice took 40. Statistics such as these enabled him to head the complete V.C.A. bowling average on one occasion and its bowling aggregate twice.

For Richmond he was Club Champion four times. He won club awards for bowling four times, and for batting once. An all-round cricketer of class he had scores of 50 or more 7 times and held 51 catches. Jeff Russ’ achievements in District Cricket made him a popular player with both Richmond and opposition sides, he played hard on the ground but gave respect to opponents when due.

For great playing ability and leadership off the field he was awarded Life Membership of the Richmond Cricket Club in 1980 and induction into the Hall of Fame in 2009.