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History of Weston-super-Mare C.C from 1966 - 1970

 

A day to remember in our club history is in July 1966 when Weston 1st XI entertained the International Cricketeers XI in support of Brian Langford’s Benefit Year. The Cricketeers side was captained by Brian Close and included Geoff Boycott, Alan Oakman, Keith Stackpole (Australia), Jim Parks, Jim and Peter Watts, John Snow and Fred Rumsey. The match was terminated mid-afternoon due to rain, but the large crowd enjoyed a superb display of batting by the Stars, and spirited bowling and fielding by the home side. The Weston team captained by Trevor Sparkes enjoyed the company of these great players, all of whom entered into the spirit of the day. Brian Close, in particular, helped to make the day unforgettable. Arriving with the team in time for an early lunch and autograph signing, he regaled us until he left about 9 o’clock in the evening to be driven to his next destination fortified by a ‘couple’ of glasses of his favourite Scotch. His friendliness, humour, candour and stories made a real cricket day never to be forgotten. In August 1966, he was appointed Captain of England at the Oval against the formidable West Indies team who were leading 3-0 in the Test series. Inspired by Brian’s captaincy, England won the final Test in the series by an innings!


In 1967, the Pavilion alterations created a new Kitchen, a new Main Lounge and amusingly entitled Sun Lounge for viewing cricket. The Bowmen of Mendip Archery Club were let loose in the East Ground. The Eaglets XI temporary die.
Brian Rose and Eddie Langford were the leading ren-getters. The Annual South Devon Tour was at its’ strongest masterminded by Cecil Board. The Eaglets were re-born in 1968. Knowle were skittled out for 30 with Gerry Campkin taking 6 for 8. Brian Rose tops the batting averages in a very damp summer. James Fitzgerald signed for Warwickshire but did not play a first-class match for them


In 1969 became the ‘draw specialists’. Phil Slocombe plays for the club’s 2nd XI as a 14 year-old schoolboy.

In an attempt to get results in 1970, Weston 1st XI experimented with Win/Lose 45 overs-a-side matches on Saturdays. Terry Willetts, Eddie Langford and Chris Norton were the leading run-getters, and the bowling honours were shared
by left-arm spinners Gerry Campkin and Eric Bryant.