||Ebeling, Hans Irvine
|Date of Birth:
||1 January 1905 (d 12 January 1980)
||1922/23 - 1938/39
Ebeling was a gentle giant whose influence spread from the MCG playing field to the committee room. He made a spectacular debut for Melbourne in 1922/23 when he won the first of his seven bowling average awards and later led the club to five premierships.
Ebeling had an outstanding career with Melbourne. In 149 First XI appearances from 1922/23 to 1938/39 he captured 447 wickets at 16.17 (the third most for the club) as well as scoring 1201 runs at the useful average of 15.59.
His best bowling was 7/10 against Richmond in 1930/31 while his highest score of 76 was against Collingwood in 1932/33. He won the club's bowling average seven times between 1923/24 and 1935/36, his best season being 1932/33 when he captured 62 wickets at 12.01. He led Melbourne from 1932/33 to 1938/39, during which time the club won five premierships.
He sat continuously on the committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club from 1934/35, serving as vice-president from 1954/55 to 1978/79. In 1959 he was made a life member of the club.
He is best remembered for his dominant role in the staging of the Centenary Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1977. In February 1979 he succeeded Sir Albert Chadwick as president of the Club, but unfortunately his health faltered and he died during his first year in office.
He was a wonderful bowler whose career was limited because of work commitments. The season after his debut for Melbourne, at age 18, he captured 7/43 with his fast-medium deliveries for the Victorian Colts against South Australia at the MCG.
He captained Victoria from 1934/35 to 1937/38, leading the team in 22 matches. He could swing the ball either way and snared 217 wickets at 26.58 in his 73 first-class games, including one Test in England. He was a handy lower order batsman who scored 1005 runs.
Ebeling was elected to the MCC committee in 1935, became vice-president in 1954 and was president from February, 1979 until his death in January, 1980, aged 75. He was a guiding light in the production of the Centenary Test at the MCG in 1977, and did much to develop the MCC’s Museum and display of photographs.
He toured England in 1934 but was unavailable because of business for the 1935/36 tour of South Africa. Meanwhile he had led Victoria to victory in the Sheffield Shield.
Although he made his debut for Victoria at the age of 18 in 1923-24, it was not until 1934 that he got his chance at Test level.
Chosen for the 1934 tour of England, he played in the decisive Fifth Test at the Oval as a replacement for Tim Wall who was unfit. He did well in what turned out to be his only Test, taking three wickets in England's first innings, his first victim being Wally Hammond and in Australia's second innings, batting at No. 10, he scored a useful 41, adding 55 for the last wicket with Bill O'Reilly. Australia won the match, which meant that it regained the Ashes. He captured 62 wickets at 20.80 on the tour, coming fourth in the averages behind the spin trio of O'Reilly, Fleetwood-Smith and Grimmett. Selected for the 1935-36 tour of South Africa, he was unable to obtain leave from his employers, and did not receive another chance at international level.
Ebeling played for Victoria from 1923/24 to 1937/38, capturing 117 wickets at 31.17. His best figures of 7/33, including a hat trick, were recorded against Queensland in 1928/29. During the 1920's work commitments restricted his availability and 1928/29 was the only season during this period in which he appeared regularly for the state, though he was a member of Victoria's team to New Zealand in 1924/25. He retired in 1929, but returned late in 1932/33, at the request of Jack Ryder. Good bowling performances in two testimonial matches early in 1933/34 paved the way for his inclusion in the team to England at the end of the season. After returning from England he led Victoria with much success from 1934/35 to 1936/37, the state winning the Shield in both 1934/35 and 1936/37. Work commitments hastened his retirement from first class cricket early in the following season at the age of 32.