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Ken Aitken calls stumps after first padding up for the Lakers in the 1970s

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Kinglake cricketer Ken Aitken formally retired last night following a stellar Kinglake cricket career of over 30 years, first beginning in the 1970s. Club president, Jason Gaffee, thanked Ken for his lifetime contribution to the Kinglake Cricket Club and wider Kinglake Ranges community.

Aitken acheived the 150 game milestone on January 16, 2016 with lifetime (batting) figures of 160 innings from 168 matches with 952 runs and a batting average of 7.55 and two half-centuries.

In bowling Aitken achieved 133.3 overs with 13 maidens for 658 runs, taking 16 wickets for an average of 41.12 during his career.

“Ken’s keen observations on field, his knowledge of the way the game [cricket] should be played, his tactical nous and his cutting  sense of humour will be missed by all,” Gaffee said.

Aitken told Kinglake Ranges News that ‘he was too slow now’ and couldn’t “get his eye in anymore.”

“Ken’s knees will be eternally grateful for him retiring …” Gaffee said.

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Ken Aitken walks on February 11, 2017. PHOTO: Ashley Geelan.

Ken Aitken is also a member of the Kinglake Lions Club and has been (with Bruce Stonehouse) ‘manning the gate’ for Kinglake Football/Netball Club matches since reformation in 1990.

In a hundred years’ time locals of the next generation will read of Ken’s  achievements -both on and off the field- in the annals of Kinglake history.

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