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Ray Steele was born in 1913. He married Jean and lived with her at 9 Brooke Street in Eaglemont until his death. He worked as a surveyor, where he owned his own business. Ray and Jean had one daughter, Diane.
Ray was a foundation member of the Dennis Cricket Club, playing his first game as a 19 year old. He was known as a no. 4 batsmen and a third change bowler, he helped get the Smith's (Len and Norm) a lot of wickets with his tight bowling. Standing at 6ft 2in and 19 stone (188cm and 120kgs), he had large hands, which made him a great slips fieldsman. In the 1938/39 final series, Ray scored 73 out of a total score of 140 in the semi, hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes in reply to Baseballers paltry total of 70, he then went on to help scuttle the Baseballers for 100 in their second innings taking 4/26. In the final he helped beat Regents by top scoring with a well made 59.
Ray was one of 14 Life members named in 1965, the first 14. He played from 1932 and retired from cricket in 1958 playing all his games in the firsts. On retirement he became President of the club for a staggering 11 years (1958/59 to 1968/69). His committee work didn't start there though, he was first club delegate for the 1934/35 season, and held the position of Treasurer and Vice President along the way.
Ray took a hatrick in 1940/41, finishing the day with 6/44 v Thornbury. Ray searhed for a century and it finally came after 15 years, he ended up with 3, twice scoring 104 v Preston Baseballers (1947/48 and 1953/54) and 103 v Croxton United (1955/56). He played in 7 premierships for the club.
Ray Steele passed away in 1972 after 40 years of great service to the club. The clubs best 2nd XI player award is named in his honour.
Ray Steele a Great, a Dennis Legend.
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