Cricket Teams I have played for


School House matches, Huddersfield New College – probably the most competitive cricket I played. We almost came to blows, but I seem to remember we won the senior trophy in my final year 1958-66

School second team – captain, 1966. Great, mostly a refuge for the first XV with some who didn’t want to play in the first XI (eg Lindsell). Good venues at Wheelwrights’ Dewsbury, Roundhay and King Edwards, Sheffield.

Medical Unit – evening league, Heath Hospital, Cardiff 1974-77. Cardiology had all the best players. We played at Whitchurch, the local ‘bin’. Part of that movement that saw great sports facilities, but I think used by the staff mostly (similar to David Lewis hospital in Manchester). Billy Boston’s dad was a resident until his death in the middle 1970s. He was admitted to the medical unit with lung ca. Billy visited.

Medical Unit – evening league, MRI, Manchester University late 1970s-82.

Thorp Perrow – country house cricket near Bedale, N Yorkshire 1982-85. Home of Sir John Ropner.44 fixtures per year and a tour to Skegness. Team mostly came from Snape and surrounds, with the odd ringer.

Northallerton RUFC – evening league 1982-85. Teams along the A19.

Huddersfield Medics 1985-90. First contact with the Casuals. We played at the YMCA ground next to the private hospital, Nuffield as it was then.

Almondbury Casuals – nomadic Sunday gentlemen’s cricket in W Yorkshire 2000-2005.

Invitation matches

Liverpool University second XI – one game in Birmingham, rained off

Broadgreen Hospital – knockabout with the house staff

Redbrook sailing club at Marsden – rained off

Royal High, Edinburgh. Peter Carr’s team

Howard’s architect’s firm, Cardiff. Given out LBW – a guest I ask you?

Brian’s select against Friarmere, at Friarmere

MRI/2 ringers v Oldham Dog Track at Delph.

MRI medical unit, university evening league

Northallerton RUFC, N Yorks evening league

Thorp Perrow, social cricket in the grounds of Sir John Ropner’s large private estate in Snape, near Bedale. N Yorks

Almondbury Casuals, social cricket wherever we could play

Dads v. lads, Honley CC and Huddersfield GS