Parnell Cricket Club legend eyes next challenge

Parnell Cricket Club head into this weekend’s Hedley Howarth round against Takapuna minus a familiar figure – Coach Ian Trott will no longer be donning the whites on the sideline.

Into his 11th season with the Club, Trott has taken up a position as Director of Cricket at Auckland Grammar School, a challenge he is walking towards with vigour.

“I have life left in me yet,” says Trott.

“There’s a new challenge ahead of me at Grammar and while I was sad to leave Parnell I felt I have made the right decision.”

Club players across Auckland will know Trott or at the very least know the figure he carved out on the boundary rope in his distinctive playing whites.

“My pro from England, Alan Oakman, wore his whites as coach way back in 1966, I was impressed so looked to emulate it.,” Trott says.

“It’s about setting a tone and setting a standard, I don’t do it to stand out.”

However, there has been times when Trott has had to put the whites to use, coming on as a sub fielder several times in his 11-year tenure.

“One time against East Coast Bays, I was on for two and a half sessions. It was a long day I can tell you.”

Trott leaves Parnell Cricket Club in “good hands” with Phil Horne as Director of Cricket and takes away many fond memories from his time in charge of the Premier Men’s side.

“In 2009/10 we won the One-Day Comp. Chasing a small total we found ourselves 85/9, when James Walsh came to the crease. Walshy believed he was a batsman but he didn’t exactly make runs that often.

“However, he batted with a lot of character that day and we managed to win by a wicket, it was our first trophy and a great memory,” says Trott.

He also notes winning the Hedley Howarth competition and any outright victory the side completed inside three sessions as highlights of his time.

“We’ve played good cricket and made some great memories and that’s what it’s all about,” he says.

That sentiment was echoed by Phil Horne who says the club has been “honoured” to have Trotty at the helm.

“His impact on the Club is immense – across all grades,” says Horne.

“He has set the standard that we simply must strive to uphold. We are sad to see Trotty go, but we wish him all the best in his new role at AGS.

“I know Parnell will always be close to Trotty’s heart and while he will not be here in an official capacity, we look forward to welcoming him at any time,” says Horne.

Trott is now charged with developing the next generation of Premier Men players with his role at Auckland Grammar.

He leaves behind a lasting legacy at PCC with the current crop of lads saying they will miss his humour, warmth and of course the big box of sweets he used to bring for drinks breaks!

Go well Trotty, we’ll see you around!