Most of his 60 years have been spent on the land

Bernie Cummins has fought many battles, and now he is fighting for his local cricket club after its association folded

HEART AND SOUL: Bernie Cummins at his beloved ‘MCG’ with the latest trophy of the Merton Cricket Club. PHOTO: Peter Hunt

BERNIE Cummins has spent most of his 60 years in the Bonnie Doon/Merton area.

Farming, shearing and fencing have kept him busy, but he has gained ‘fame’ as long term president of Merton Cricket Club.

Born in 1955 he is a fourth generation ‘Bonnie Doonian’.

“My parents moved their house at Bonnie Doon to above the rising waters of Lake Eildon in 1955,” Bernie explained.

“They also had a house in Euroa and in the late 1950s they bought a place in Merton, where I now live.

“So my primary schooling was shared between Merton and Euroa.”

Bernie went to the Sisters of Mercy Convent School in Mansfield for his secondary schooling, before moving on to boarding school at St Bede’s College, Mentone.

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