1989 - 1990 Season Report

1989 - 1990 Season

Another of Doug Wilks' contacts from Yorkshire was Ted Lester who ws the guest at the start of the season on the 26th November 1989. His career with Yorkshire lasted for a decade immediately after the war before he was dropped to the second XI and then became scorer. He made his debut as an amateur and in 1947 he finished third in the national averages with 657 runs in 11 innings, including three hundreds turning professional in 1948 scoring over a 1000 runs in seven of the next eight seasons with his best year coming in 1949 when he made 1801 runs. He went on to become the county's scorer, and in 1964 he made one last appearance when illness meant he was drafted into Yorkshire's side for a Gillette Cup tie at Lord's where he made 0 and Yorkshire lost. He continued as scorer until 1988.

Mike Watkinson of England, Cheshire and Lancashire was our guest for the dinner of the 7th December 1989. Mike Watkinson was still a valuable allrounder being a useful seamer who later in his career turned to offspin, and he was an aggressive lower middle-order batsman. He was almost 34 when first picked for test honours and he turned in two good performances against West Indies that won him selection for the winter's tour of South Africa where he played in only one ODI. Not a major success he returned to the county ranks, and after his playing days were over he moved into the role of county coach.

Martyn Moxon of England, Durham, Griqualand West, Yorkshire made his first appearance for the dinner on the 18th January 1990. Eight men have made 99 in a Test but never a century and Moxon was unlucky as one of them when against New Zealand at Auckland in 1987-88 Moxon swept three runs off the middle early in his innings that were given as leg-byes by the umpire. He was out to Ewen Chatfield on 99 and in the next Test at Wellington he was on 81 not out when rain washed out the last two days. Moxon made ten appearances but never got close again. He had a great start to his county career scoring centuries in his first two home matches. After his playing days Moxon became director of coaching at Yorkshire before moving on to coach Durham in 2001.

Paul Allott made his second appearance as guest speaker on the 15th February 1990.

Chris Old made his second appearance on the16th March 1990. By now retired from first class cricket Old remains one of England's unsung heroes of the incredible win over Australia at Headingley in 1981, when they became the only team in the 20th century to win a Test after following on. He came in at 252 for 8, when England's lead was only 25, and helped Ian Botham add 67 in under an hour. After retiring Old moved to Cornwall where he ran a fish and chip shop and later opened a boarding house near Falmouth.

Bomber Wells by now a Fylde Coast regular made his third appearance at the final dinner of the season on the 5th April 1990.

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