Victorian Premier Cricket wish to advise of the passing of former Carlton and Waverley (now Dandenong) batsman Doug Rolfe.
Doug began his Premier career with Carlton, making his debut in the 1969/70 season and would play four seasons with the Blues until the end of the 1973/74 season where he would move to Waverley. Between 1974/75 and 1978/79, Doug would enjoy breakout form with the bat which would be recognised with a cap for Victorian at the end of the 1975/76 season against Western Australia, being dismissed for a duck in the 1st Innings (Ct Rod Marsh, bowled Mick Malone) before making 13 in the 2ndInnings (Ct Rob Langer, bowled Dennis Lillee) in a game won by WA inside two days.
Doug’s Premier career in Victoria would see him play 87 1st XI games, scoring 2,738 runs at an average of 31.11 with 5 centuries and 17 fifties (top score of 165 against Northcote in 1976/77), 7 wickets at 50.28 (best of 3/42) and 32 catches.
Doug left Victoria before the 1979/80 season and played a further 5 First Class games and a List A game for South Australia across the next two seasons.
Doug passed away on the 1st June 2020 in Adelaide aged 67.
A 'Thank You' goes out to Victorian Premier Cricket Historian Mr Ken Williams for advising Cricket Victoria of this news.