1986 - 1987 Season Report
1986 - 1987 Season
Paddy Clift of Rhodesia, Leicestershire and Natal appeared as the guest speaker on the 16th October 1986. Paddy who sadly passed away in Durban in September 1996 was aged only 43. At the time of his visit he was a regular in the Leicestershire side. A dependable allrounder, not least in limited-overs cricket Clift took 2 for 40 against Essex as the county won the Benson & Hedges Cup final in 1985. His most famous innings was a 100 not out at Hove in 1983, reached in 50 minutes which remains the fastest century ever scored for Leicestershire. It is inevitably for his bowling skills - later as an offspinner- that he will best be remembered. When he settled in Durban he had taken 876 first-class wickets at 24.67 (586 at 23.90 for Leicestershire) scoring 8383 runs at 23.61 in his 319 matches, and he held 161 catches.
Clive Lloyd of West Indies, British Guiana, Guyana, Lancashire was the guest speaker on 27th November 1986. Clive Lloyd made his first-class debut as a left-hand middle-order batsman in the then British Guiana in 1963-64 and played for Haslingden in the Lancashire League in 1967. He was offered terms by Warwickshire before signing for Lancashire, making his debut for them in 1968, and winning his cap the following season. At his best Lloyd was a flamboyant batsman once scoring 201* in just 120 minutes against Glamorgan in 1976 - equalling the record for the fastest ever first-class double hundred. Lloyd was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971 after he'd scored 1600 runs for Lancashire at 47. He scored 126 against Warwickshire at Lord's to help Lancashire to the Gillette Cup in 1972, and hit a wonderful century in the first ever World Cup Final at Lord's in 1975 to take the West Indies to victory. Lloyd's final record as captain was remarkable, including a run of 26 Tests without defeat, and 11 successive wins. He also became the first West Indian to win 100 Test caps. He became a brilliant cover fielder before knee problems forced a move to the slips, where he pouched many of his 90 Test catches. Lloyd was a useful right-arm bowler taking 114 first-class wickets in all with a best of 4-48 for Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford in 1970 and with 10 in Tests. He was awarded a testimonial by Lancashire in 1977 and made captain of the club in 1981.
David Wells was the guest speaker on 22nd January 1987.
Colin Tunnicliffe of Derbyshire 19th February 1987. He played 150 first class matches taking 319 wickets and scoring 2092 runs.
John Abrahams of Lancashire, Shropshire was the guest for the dinner of 19th Match 1987. He played in 252 first class matches between 1973 and 1988 scoring over 10000 runs and taking 56 wickets.
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