July 14, 2003

Victoria loses cricket legend

Former Victorian player, captain and coach John Scholes passed away today aged 53. The cause of death is unknown and will be subject to a coroner's report.

Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ken Jacobs, said that Scholes was a unique person and would be sadly missed. "I think today Victoria lost one of its greatest ever cricketing sons. John's contribution as a player, junior and senior coach, as well as mentor to many young Victorian cricketers, will quite simply never be matched. On behalf of the entire Victorian cricket community, I extend our sincere condolences to Diane, as well as John's children, Shannon and Adam".


  • Played 62 matches for Victoria (3201 runs @ 30.78, 3 centuries, HS 156)
  • First captained Victoria aged 21 and again aged 30
  • Coached the Victorian Bushrangers between 1996 - 2001. Led the side to the 98/99 Mercantile Mutual Cup and to two successive Pura Cup finals in 99/00 and 00/01
  • All time Premier Cricket games record holder (396). Carlton (277), Fitzroy Doncaster (119)
  • 12, 693 runs (Premier Cricket record at the time), 26 centuries, 60 half-centuries
  • 5 Premierships (4 Carlton, 1 Fitzroy Doncaster) from 9 Grand Final appearances
  • Coached Carlton CC in 2002/03
  • Played Premier Cricket for 31 years