1981 - 1982 Season Report
1981 - 1982 Season
John "Jack" Ikin was the guest on the 23rd September 1981. Jack played for Staffordshire at the age of sixteen, appeared in four matches for Lancashire and in 1946 he was picked for England before he had got his county cap and that winter went with MCC to Australia, where he played in all the Tests. In 1947-48 he toured the West Indies, but was a failure and his only other tour was to India in 1950-51. An injury forced him to refuse the MCC tour to India the following winter. For Lancashire he did splendid work as a batsman and as a leg-break and googly bowler. He missed a good deal of cricket through ill health and injury and this caused him to retire at the end of 1957. He continued to play for Staffordshire until 1968. In 1965-66 he was assistant manager on the MCC tour to Australia and New Zealand, and after retiring from active cricket he did much coaching in the North and Midlands. Jack died in September 1984.
Phil Carrick of Eastern Province, Northern Transvaal, Yorkshire was the guest on 25th October 1981 The left-arm spinner took more than 1,000 wickets and fell just short of 10,000 runs in a career that reached its peak when as captain he led Yorkshire to victory over Northampton in the 1987 Benson and Hedges Cup. Carrick retired from first-class cricket in 1993, but continued to play in the Bradford League for a number of sides, including Farsley, Pudsey, St Lawrence and Pudsey Congs. He was also a Minor Counties umpire. Phil Carrick died of leukemia, aged 47 in January 2000.
Brian Close of England, Somerset, Yorkshire was the guest for the dinner held on the 4th December 1981. Still playing first class cricket at the age of 49 the former England captain of legendary toughness still holds the record for the youngest player to represent England when he was picked to play against New Zealand in 1949 at the age of 18. He was in and out of the England side over the next 27 years, batting left, and bowling right-handed. He captained Yorkshire and England with success. He was famous for his fearless fielding at short leg, where he would rarely duck or move to avoid a hard hit ball. He was also known for his courage against fast bowling, memorably so in 1976, when he was recalled at the age of 45 to face the fearsome West Indies pace trio of Holding, Roberts and Daniel. In later years he played in the Lancashire League then returned to Yorkshire, and much controversy as chair of the cricket committee. He was also an England selector in the late 70's.
David Hughes of Lancashire, Tasmania was the guest on the 14th January 1982. In a career spanning some 24 years he was at the time playing mainly second XI cricket which he captained to the second XI title in 1986. In 1987 Hughes and the then second eleven coach Alan Ormrod were then promoted to first eleven captain and coach following the sacking of manager Jack Bond and coach Peter Lever. It was one of the last acts under Chairman Cedric Rhodes, who abruptly resigned in February 1987 following mounting criticism. He went on to captain the senior Lancashire side that won every one-day competition in a three-year period between 1988 and 1990.
Guy Willett 18th February 1982
Bomber Wells formerly of Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire made his second visit to the Society on the 19th March 1982.
Jonny Wardle of England, Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire was the Society's guest on the 17th April 1982. Johnny Wardle was one of the most skilful left-arm spinners the game has seen. Though he usually bowled in the orthodox tradition, he sometimes bowled wrist-spinners including a bemusing googly - the `chinaman' especially when on overseas duty for England. Wardle played 28 times for England and taking 102 wickets, five times taking five wickets in an innings. There was more to Wardle than the expert bowler and rib-tickling clown who enjoyed outrageous charades and ball-tricks on the field. He could be acidly critical and, according to some of his Yorkshire colleagues, occasionally selfish, characteristics which might be excused of high-class performers in some fields of entertainment, but not cricket. It was a shattering conclusion to a wonderful career. After the breach with Yorkshire, Johnny Wardle played for Nelson and Rishton and Minor County cricket for Cambridgeshire. He was made an honorary life member of Yorkshire, and became bowling adviser. In his latter years he managed a country club near Doncaster, enjoying his second love, golf. He sadly passed away in July 1985 aged 62.
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