A call has been made for a modest former Black Cap to be selected for a project recognising Taieri people who have achieved excellence in their field.
Nominations for the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board project – Celebrating Local Excellence on the Taieri – closed on Thursday.
Philippa Milburn, of Mosgiel, nominated her father Barry Milburn – a former New Zealand and Otago wicketkeeper, who also lived in the town.
He played three tests for his country in 1969 – all against the West Indies.
He took six catches and effected two stumpings during the series.
The series was memorable because of a six-wicket win in Wellington.
It was New Zealand’s fifth test win.
He also played cricket for Otago from 1963 to 1983.
Although he was remembered for his work behind the stumps rather than with the bat, he scored a maiden (and his only) first-class century playing for Otago in a win over Wellington.
In a 2011 article, former Otago Daily Times sports editor Brent Edwards described it as the “most tenacious century made by an Otago batsman” he had seen.
Ms Milburn said she nominated her father because she was “proud of him” and what he had achieved – not just by playing and coaching cricket.
He also played hockey and represented the South Island and coached hockey teams on the Taieri.
His business career included running Milburn’s Meat Centre in Mosgiel.
The community stalwart has been a Mosgiel Rotary Club member for 47 years.
Board deputy chairwoman and project leader Joy Davis said inductees would be celebrated by way of an installation in a central Mosgiel location.
The shape and form of the installation was pending but suggestions proposed were a mural or monument with a story board or plaque.
Nominations would be considered by an induction panel on Monday.
The four people on the panel are Mrs Davis, historian Ron Palenski, athletics coach Raylene Bates and former Otago cricketer and Taieri College principal David Hunter.
As of yesterday, she had received 11 nominations.
“So far the areas covered are horse racing, sports, industry and medical research.”
The nominations include a horse, she said.
Ms Milburn said she hoped the panel’s choices would include her dad.
Mr Milburn (“75 not out”) said he was “not worried” if he missed selection.
“A lot of people have done a heck of a lot more than I ever have.”
Ms Milburn said her father was humble about his achievements.
“Dad doesn’t like a fuss.”