D.J.Lillie First-class career

D.J.Lillie First-class career

Post by Rick Ey » Tue, 07 Mar 1995 09:36:29

FOREWORD: This article is dedicated to all those people who
incorrectly spell the surname of the great Western Australian fast
bowler Dennis Keith Lillee.  There was a leg-spinner from Queensland
named Dennis Lillie who played first-class cricket at the same time
as Dennis Lillee.

NAME:       Dennis John Lillie
BORN:       28 October 1945, Brisbane
TEAM:       Queensland
BATTING:    Right-handed
BOWLING:    Right-arm leg-spin

DEBUT:      3-6 December 1965, Queensland v MCC (Brisbane)
LAST GAME:  8-11 January 1982, Queensland v South Australia (Adelaide)

HIGHEST SCORE:  29 v Western Australia (Perth), 22-25.1.1966
BEST BOWLING:   5-48 v Tasmania (Brisbane), 9-12.1.1981


Season      M   Runs    Wkt     Aver    BB      5WI 10WM
1965-66     7    709    10      70.90   4-69
1980-81     5    399    12      33.25   5-48    1
1981-82     5    577    11      52.45   4-77

Total      17   1685    33      51.06   5-48    1

As a batsman, he batted in 24 innings (8 not out), and scored 135 runs
at an average of 8.43, with a top score of 29.  He held 6 catches.


Lillie was a promising leg-spinner in Brisbane club cricket when he
called up to play for his state at the age of twenty in the 1965-66
season.  After seven games with little distinction, he returned to
the grade scene, seemingly never to receive further first-class

However, fif*** years later, at the age of 35, he got his recall
to the state side, and formed a leg-spinning duo with Trevor Hohns.
Despite a couple of match-winning performances in tandem with Hohns
in the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons, he was discarded midway through
the latter season, as the Queensland selectors preferred a four-man
pace attack which included Thomson, Rackemann and Dymock.


*   D.J.Lillie's first season of first-class cricket in 1965-66 was
three years before D.K.Lillee made his first senior representative

*   D.J.Lillie and D.K.Lillee did not appear together in the starting
lineup of the same game, however Lillie was twelfth man in a Queensland
v Western Australia Sheffield Shield game in the 1980-81 season, and
in fact caught D.K.Lillee in the first innings of that game!

The following line appears from that scorecard:

D.K.Lillee  c sub (D.J.Lillie)  b G.S.Chappell  11