Peter Williams was such a highly respected and capable junior cricketer from Xavier College that the Richmond Cricket Club appointed him captain of its Schoolboy XI in 1957-58 when he was recruited to Punt Road.
He played in the clubs lower grades at Punt Road having success in the 1959-60 Second XI premiership team. Before he played senior cricket at Richmond, Peter’s law studies took him to the University Cricket Club where he made his senior District debut in 1960-61. He played 40 games at University scoring 1,083 runs and Richmond were more than happy to welcome him back for his long awaited senior debut with the Tigers in round 1 of 1964.
Back to back centuries against Prahran (101no out of 5 for 148 dec.) and University in that Richmond debut season, showed his class and it took only one season for him to be appointed Captain of the senior team, a position he held with distinction for 10 years.
Peter was a reliable right handed batsman who scored 4,700 runs for Richmond with 10 centuries and 19 fifties in 133 games over eleven seasons. He won 5 batting awards scoring 500 or more runs in a season 4 times and was club champion in 1967-68. Great in the field, his safe hands saw him pouch 94 catches for the yellow and black. To show his worth we can state that he is the sixth highest run scorer in our history and his 10 centuries place him equal second to the club’s first Immortal, Jack Ledward, who hit 14.
Peter Williams was a man who displayed great pride in the Richmond Cricket Club, not only on the playing field, but also at board level. During his 10 years as First X1 captain he was the player’s representative to the board and in retirement he served as Vice President and was a board member until the 1990-91 season. All up he spent 30 quality years with Richmond.
Cricket in the state of Victoria was much richer because of Peter’s involvement in the game. His imposing record shows he played 4 First Class games for the state in 1965-66, and was Richmond’s V.C.A. delegate, serving on the state’s executive for 16 years from 1975 until 1991.
Peter was a recipient of Richmond’s Best Clubman Award and honoured with Life Membership in 1972 and he is now a worthy inductee into the Richmond Cricket Club’s Hall Of Fame.