1974 - 1975 Season Report

1974 - 1975 Season

26th September 1974 A Pilling & Keith Goodwin of Lancashire CCC

25th October 1974 N Oldfield Lancashire CCC and England and Joe Massey Blackpool CC.

Glamorgan veteran David Evans was the speaker at the dinner of 20th November 1974. He was a wicket-keeper making his first-class debut in 1956, and becoming the regular wicket-keeper in 1958. He played his entire career at Glamorgan until he retired in 1969 and became a first-class umpire in 1971. He stood in nine Test matches between 1981 and 1985, including the famous Test between England and Australia at Headingley in 1981.

27th February 1975 Alan Wharton of Lancashire, Leicestershire, the MCC and England. This was his second visit to the Society with his final appearance at the dinner of the 23rd January 1985. Alan sadly passed away on 26th August 1993.

Worcestershire and England player Basil D'Oliviera was the guest at the meeting held on 21st March 1975. Basil D'Oliviera was born in South Africa and a victim of apartheid that stunted his development as a professional cricketer. Broadcaster John Arlott persuaded Middleton, the Central Lancashire League club, to take him on as their professional in 1960. He was then signed by Worcestershire and he played 44 tests and 4 ODIs for his adopted country and played 362 first class games. He is widely recognised as being responsible for exposing the apartheid regime in South Africa. Basil sadly passed away 19th November 2011.

England, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Tasmania, and Yorkshire all enjoyed the benefit of John Hampshire's playing ability who was guest on 5th April 1975. As a player he was a middle-order batsman and an excellent close fielder. He made a hundred on debut against West Indies in 1969 but was dropped after the next match, making only occassional appearances after that. He captained Yorkshire for two seasons (1979-80) during one of their most turbulent times. He staged a "go-slow" at Northampton as a protest against what he saw as selfish batting by Geoff Boycott. He ended his career with three seasons at Derbyshire. After retiring, Hampshire became a first-class umpire in 1985 and was appointed to the Test list in 1989. In 1999 he was added to the ICC panel of umpires and remained a high quality umpire on the county circuit until 2005.

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