At Onslow Cricket Club’s 86th Annual General Meeting, John ‘Mystery’ Morrison was inducted as a life member of the club. Morrison is a well-known and highly respected former international cricketer who has contributed a great deal to Onslow cricket over the years.
Andy Wilson, who nominated Morrison as a life member, said “I have been impassioned about making him a life member because he is a great Onslow man from way back, lived in Trelissick Cresent, played junior rugby for Onslow and played cricket for Onslow.”
Morrison grew up in Ngaio/Khandallah and at the age of five his father dropped him off at Onslow to play nursery cricket. He played first class cricket during his time at New Plymouth Boy’s high school and would return to Wellington in the summers to play senior cricket for Onslow.
One of the highlights from Morrison’s time at the club was when the Onslow senior team won the Cook championship in 77/78, thrashing Kilbirnie in the final match. According to Wilson, the team had rather a lot to drink afterwards and Morrison woke up the next morning at the bottom of the Nairnville park bank. Having failed three times during the night to get up it, he decided to stay the night at the grounds, despite his house being just across the road.
Andy Wilson was captain one year and had to choose between Jeremy Coney and John Morrison which player would make the Onslow team, because they could only make one change. He picked John and Jeremy then didn’t get picked for Wellington because he hadn’t played club cricket.
Andy Wilson recalled one hilarious moment in particular from Morrison’s Onslow cricketing days: “Mystery’s mother used to come over from her house on Khandallah road and watch Mystery bat, and during one innings he smashed a shot and his mother was sitting right in the path of the ball and it knocked her out cold!”
Although Morrison has been a New Zealand cricketer and achieved a tremendous amount, Wilson says “He’s always maintained a great contact with his club, and his roots in Khandallah – he has green and red blood.”
Upon accepting the life member nomination, Morrison thanked everyone in attendance and acknowledged players from the past, who had put in a lot of effort to make the club what it is.“
I think it’s a great club, and long may it live, and long may it do well, and long may we celebrate it.”
John’s daughter, Sally, Chair of Cricket Wellington, and three of his granddaughters were also in attendance.
(from left) Kevin Haines, Andy Wilson, John Morrison, Sally Morrison, David Ireland and John's granddaughters.
John Morrison with the Onslow Premier Cricket Team.