The all-time leading runscorer in District/Premier Cricket, Ayres was destined for a distinguished career from early days, when he became the only Victorian to be selected in four successive Under 19 Championships.
After twenty seasons, four premierships and two Ryder Medals at Melbourne, Ayres moved to Dandenong as captain coach in 2002/03, taking the Panthers to an historic first flag in 2006/07. His most productive seasons were 1119 runs @ 65.82 in 1997/98 and 1166 runs @ 58.30 in 1999/2000. The latter is the season aggregate record for District/Premier Cricket.
The prolific Ayres played 46 first class matches for the Bushrangers between 1987/88 and 1996/97, scoring 2611 runs @ 33.91, with 7 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
Ayres' 41 centuries is also a District/Premier record, ahead of Jack Ryder (37), Peter McAlister (31), Warwick Armstrong (29) and John Scholes (26).
Warren Ayres' Centuries:
For Melbourne (30)
For Dandenong (11)