KANE Vandenberg, who last Friday sustained fatal injuries in the Stromolo Forest Park (ACT) in the lead-up to the World Solo 24-hour Mountain Bike Championships, enjoyed a notable career in Shoalhaven cricket.
While he played with five clubs over the years, Kane’s finest moment was with Albatross in the 1993-94 grand final.
Only 10 overs were delivered during a rain-affected first day at the Bomaderry Sporting Complex, but next morning minor premiers Ulladulla United were bowled out for 148.
Vandenberg was the destroyer with his best first grade analysis of 8/36 off 23.2 overs.
He was at the crease when Albatross reached its target with three wickets in hand, and it was no surprise when he was named man of the match.
His career began with Bomaderry under 11s in 1977-78, and the following summer he took his first hat-trick and five-wicket bag in the 12s.
Progressing to the 14s in 1979-80, he enjoyed his first premiership and made his representative debut.
While his club side was beaten in the play-off a year later, Kane top-scored in the grand final.
During two seasons in the under 16s, he started to make his mark in rep games with top score of 44 against South Coast and 4/21 against Camden, while he also won the club’s fourth grade bowling award.
It was no surprise that Kane changed clubs in 1982-83, joining Nowra where his grandfather Reg Crump was a life member.
However few anticipated his phenomenal bowling spell against Tomerong when he took all 10 wickets at a cost of 44 runs, a club record for third grade.
This helped him take out the association bowling award with 34 victims at 7.52, but after he picked up 6/37 in the semi-final victory, Nowra went down in the grand final.
Early the next season, Kane took a hat-trick in figures of 9/10 against Berry, giving him the best two analyses for the team, and it signalled a rapid rise up the grades.
After crossing to Albatross in 1988-89 to play first grade, he achieved a great deal with the navy club.
His all round potential was revealed in the opening round of 1990-91 against Bomaderry when he scored 84 and took 5/92.
Apart from his regular wicket-taking, he featured in century stands and contributed in other ways by serving the club as secretary/treasurer.
With his career being based at HMAS Albatross, he also had the opportunity to play inter-service with navy, and for several seasons he was chosen in Australian Combined Services teams.
After having played only a few games in the SDCA over a period of six years, he joined Ex-Servicemen in 2005-06 and was a dominant player in the premiership line-up, and made a clean sweep of the club trophies.
Kane’s last season was 2009-10 when Nowra thirds benefited from his experience and knowledge.
Although naval commitments and other interests restricted his cricket at times, his final senior aggregates were 2455 runs (including 991 in first grade) and 283 wickets of which 109 came in firsts.
His funeral service will be held today (Friday) at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, HMAS Albatross, starting at 11am.