Previously written histories of Beddington CC have considered the early history to be lost. Logically if this history was lost, how would you know it was there in the first place? Our history begins in 1837, the coronation year of Queen Victoria when a cricket match was played on Chislehurst Common between West Kent CC and Carshalton CC. This would have been a suitable occasion for two Knights of the Realm, Sir Herbert Jenner and Sir Henry Bridges, to renew old acquaintances and rivalries that began at public school and university, both gentlemen being knighted by George III in 1813.
Dinner was served after the game at the Tiger’s Head, Chislehurst Common, the headquarters of the West Kent Club (Est. 1822).
In 1850 Herbert Jenner came to live in Carshalton and joined the Carshalton CC with his son Herbert Jenner Jnr. The Jenners lived at The Limes, Culvers Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Old Red Lion, Hackbridge. Herbert Jenner’s work as a barrister at Doctors Commons, London, kept him away from first class cricket with Kent. In August 1858 Herbert Jenner played his last game for Carshalton CC against West Kent CC and returned with his family to the Manor House on Sidcup Green. There is no history of Herbert Jenner or West Kent playing against Beddington Cricket Club.
Carshalton CC disbanded in 1860 due to unpaid debt at their headquarters, the Greyhound Inn on Carshalton Ponds, possibly connected to the Carew Bankruptcy of 1859 as the Carews of Beddington were members of the Carshalton Club. West Kent dropped the fixture with Carshalton in favour of Addington in August 1860.
The first cricket match recorded of Beddington was found in the East Surrey Advertiser of 1857, when Waddon and Beddington played West Croydon. The match was played in a field adjoining the Hare and Hounds Inn, Waddon. It was a well contested affair amongst amateurs who knew well how to play a good old fashioned English game of cricket. The game resulted in a win for Waddon and Beddington by two runs over two innings. Thirty eight people sat down to dinner at the Hare and Hounds after which some excellent songs were sung. 1857 was the year of the Carew Estate Act, when it was decided that, due to unpaid debts, the Carew Estate at Beddington would be split into lots and sold.
Croydon v. Waddon & Beddington. This match took place at Waddon, on Thursday last, between eleven of Waddon and Beddington and eleven of West Croydon, and was a well contested affair, amongst amateurs who know well how to play a good old fashioned English game at cricket, but who, perhaps, knew better how to play a good part at a good dinner afterwards, at which Mr Attwood Bignell efficiently presided. The match was played in a field adjoining the Hare and Hounds Inn, Waddon, to which house they adjourned after the game, and a dinner which in old times might have immortalised the landlord, being provided; it will be quite superfluous to tell any but those who have not the pleasure of being acquainted with them, that they, with one exception enjoyed themselves. Thirty-eight sat down to dinner, after which some excellent songs were sung, and although there were no professional singers among them, the quality of the singing was more appropriate to a good old English game of Cricket and a good old English dinner. We regret that we were not favoured with the score in time for publication or it would have been given in full; the subjoined are the totals: Croydon, first innings, 72; second ditto, 44; total, 116. Beddington and Waddon, first innings, 7; second ditto, 68, total, 118. (East Surrey Advertiser).
Also in 1857 The Morning Post recorded a cricket match played by Carshalton CC against St Nicholas College at Shoreham, Sussex. Playing in the Carshalton side are the Reynolds family the former owners of the Carshalton House Estate, Captain Carew and his son R Carew of the Beddington estate, plus Denby, Morley, and Vernon, who later played for a Carshalton team at Hackbridge House, against an unqualified England XI in 1861. The Shoreham game took place on Whit Monday with the following result, St Nicholas College 81 runs, and Carshalton CC 68 runs. This Carshalton side being almost identical to the team that played in the last game against West Kent CC at Chislehurst.
At Beddington in 1859 Sir Henry Bridges’ wife Frances died. Rev Alexander Bridges had returned from St Mark’s Horsham to Beddington House, Bridges Lane with his young family. Alexander, the eldest surviving son, was given the patronage of the Beddington Church Fields by his father who had purchased the fields from a Mr Raincock of Woodcote who had in turn acquired them from the Carews.
In a two day auction from the 22nd June 1859 the Carew estate came to the market. The whole of the Beddington Deer Park, the Carew Manor House, farm and paddock, were purchased by Joseph Atkins Borsley of Grove Park, Chiswick, a land speculator acting on behalf of William the Duke of Devonshire. Some 3000 acres of land came on the market, not all of which were sold on the auction date. All of this pressure in the parish may have led to the untimely death of the Rev James Hamilton at the age of 49 years during the Easter of 1860. Another victim of the Carew bankruptcy seems to have been the Carshalton Cricket Club who disbanded due to unpaid debts at the Greyhound on the ponds, many of their wealthy members had already flown the nest including the Carews who were now living in Boulogne, France. The West Kent fixture with Carshalton CC was never played again. Atkins Borsley continued his land speculation in Beddington purchasing land in 1880 along Croydon Road to The Grove, Carshalton, ending 20 years of speculation in Beddington and Carshalton. Unfortunately Rev A H Bridges was unable to secure the vacant rectorship left by James Hamilton at St Mary’s, Beddington, when the office was passed to Rev William Marsh, an ageing gentleman of 80 years. Local cricket at this time had moved to Hackbridge House, while Mr Barrett had started a boys’ military school at Carshalton House with cricket, football, and boxing high on the list of learning activities.
In Beddington, Catherine Marsh – the daughter of the now Rector – resolved to make a counter attraction to the woes of Derby Day debts, by organising an afternoon game of cricket in the Church Fields. She wrote a letter to the Millworkers of Beddington inviting them to the game, followed by tea and a musical evening in the Rectory Grounds. An acceptance letter came from all men with only two exceptions, and as long as she lived in Beddington she kept up her rival Derby Day parties. This is the very first recorded cricket in Beddington Park, in the Southern Church fields on Croydon Road. (Circa 1861)
During this period Rev A H Bridges had been working as a perpetual curate at Horsham and also on the completion of the Alms Houses at Bute Road, Wallington, left unfinished after the early death of Rev Hamilton. However in 1861 the young clergyman’s fortunes changed when his father died at Beddington House and left his estates and fortunes to his only surviving son Alexander, his other two sons having died on naval service in 1849 and 1851 in India.
In 1863 – the exact date as yet unknown – the astute Rev A H Bridges, now a very wealthy gentleman and already the owner of the patronage of the church fields, purchased a piece of land in the Northern fields of Beddington Park totalling some 15.9 acres from Atkins Borsley to house a cricket ground for the recreation of choir boys and village teams.
One acre was later given to St Mary’s Church for an extension to the St Mary’s graveyard known as God’s Acre, when completed in 1875. After a short incumbency as Rector at St Mary’s from 1860 to 1864 the Rev W Marsh was taken ill and retired. Rev A H Bridges was elected to the Rectorship of St Mary’s Beddington in November 1864.
It appears that cricket ,after the Carew land sales, had moved to Hackbridge House, a large hotel with fishing rights to the river and a cricket ground with the adjacent Old Red Lion Inn on its doorstep. Hackbridge House was known to the local inhabitants and (I presume) the cricketers, as “The Abode of Love” the proprietor Mr Goad was also a useful cricketer, and enticed many London gentlemen players on the cricket circuit to play at his Alliance Ground.
In July 1861, an unqualified XI of England played twenty-two of Carshalton in a two-day game at the Alliance Ground, the match was left drawn. The unofficial England side: F W Bush, T Mantle, Gunn, W G Marten, Shepherd, T Humphrey, Lockyer, Moody, Coppinger, Taylor, T Baggalley. Bush and Marten shared the Carshalton wickets taking ten apiece. J Humphrey and T Humphrey of Mitcham, who played in the Carshalton XXII, were the brothers of R Humphrey of Surrey CCC. The Henderson brothers came to Beddington in 1876 and played in the Hackbridge House matches on this ground before joining Beddington CC in 1880.
We can now confirm from local newspaper reports at Croydon Archives, that cricket was played by Beddington United CC on the only recreation ground in the Beddington Parish at Beddington Corner. The Beddington and Waddon team played a wind-up game with the Croydon Clarendon CC in Sept 1862 on the Hare and Hound field, Waddon.
In May 1863 Beddington United CC played their first game against Borough Albion CC at Beddington Corner, with a return match at Peckham Rye in July and one week later Croydon Clarendon CC obtained a shameful beating by Beddington United on their Clarendon Ground Croydon, having lost by an innings and six runs. (Croydon Chronicle 1863)
With the railway arriving at Hackbridge in 186,8 the Beddington United team extended their fixture list from Rotherhithe and Bermondsey in the North East to Westcote and Milton in the South West. Beddington United CC continued to exist until 1872 when the club reverted back to their original name of Beddington Corner CC. The Sutton Journal of 1866 referred to Beddington United as the Beddington Club. The Beddington United Club was a unification of the village teams and amateur teams of the period, playing on the only recreation ground in the parish at Beddington Corner, a regular practice for many teams at this time, the land owned by Nathaniel Bridges, Lord of The Manor of Wallington.
‘Greensward’ in his articles of 1921 suggested that a game took place in 1863 between West Kent CC and Beddington CC, which would have been Beddington’s first recorded match. This suggestion now seems absurd as Beddington CC had no ground in Beddington Park and the choirboys’ cricket side did not come into the cricket history until the restoration of St Mary’s in 1869. Herbert Jenner had left Carshalton CC in 1858, playing his last game for West Kent in August 1863, against the aptly named “Butterflies” and retired to his ancestral home in Gloucestershire where he died in 1904.
It would have been more acceptable if ‘Greensward’ had suggested that there were strong connections between the clergy and gentlemen of Surrey and the clergy and gentlemen of Kent through public schools and the church, which may have resulted in a game being played at West Kent in 1863. We have found no evidence to suggest that this game was ever played and no further games were recorded at West Kent by Carshalton CC after August 1859, when Herbert Jenner returned to West Kent and Chislehurst.
There are no other games recorded in the West Kent history, written in 1864, concerning Beddington. In that same year the Lambeth Female Orphanage Asylum had purchased the Carew Manor House and were already demolishing and extending the accommodation, leaving the historic Grand Hall intact. This work being carried out by Joseph Clarke and Roberts the builder. These changes are mentioned in Phillip Norman’s book on West Kent CC, he also mentions Captain Hallowell Carew known at Eton as “buster” who play cricket for Carshalton CC.
Rev A Bridges proceeded with caution in his new role as Rector of St Mary’s Beddington and in 1867 with the Female Orphanage now completed he was able to concentrate on the badly needed restoration of the Church with the help of his trusted Architect Joseph Clarke. This work being completed in the spring of 1869 when the St Mary’s Church reopened the Choir boys engaged and Mr Burry employed as Organist and Choirmaster, Mr Burry and his two sons were later to play in the Beddington Choir Cricket Team. We understand from the church register that during the restoration of St Mary’s, meetings and accounts were held in the Church School Hall at Beddington Corner, known at this time as the “Chapel of ease”.
The school was built in 1843 by the Rev James Hamilton, Rector of Beddington, and served as a chapel on Sundays. It was closed around 1912, being bought first by Alexander Lambert, snuff miller at Beddington, and then by the Permoid Glue Company. It was abandoned in 1926, and finally demolished in the 1930s. The site is now part of the Goat Green and officially common land. 1
Piles Directory of 1872 described the neighbourhood: Walking from Hackbridge to the Goat Inn and Mitcham Common on the London Road at Beddington Corner. Leaving Hackbridge at the junction of Hackbridge Road and London Road going North on the left hand side, we approach the “Limes”, (the 1850 residence of Herbert Jenner) and Wallington Cottage with the watercress beds on the right hand side. After a mile we come to Beddington Corner, which despite the name is in the Ancient Hamlet of Wallington. The village green forms a pretty scene with wild duck on the river bank, on the left is the Reading Hall, a flour mill and a tanning establishment and by the roadside you have the Beddington Corner School used also as a Chapel of Ease for the Beddington Parish. On the right hand side is a Cricket Ground that is well used in the summer season. The walk from here may be extended over Mitcham Common.
This was the only recreation ground in the Parish of Beddington until 1872. When due to boundary changes it then came under the Parish of Wallington.
In 1870 Rev A H Bridges purchased the whole of Beddington Park from Joseph Atkins Borsley including the Paddock in Church Road. His son John Henry, a pupil at Winchester College, following his father’s footsteps went up to Oriel College Oxford. With the railway now in place, land speculation would have been rife, any land sale would have been the ideal place for the family fortunes, and a shrewd investment for the astute Reverend Bridges. He could now proceed with his original plans for a recreation ground in the Northern fields. The only place for choir Boys cricket at this time being the Paddock adjacent to the church or the Church fields now both owned by the Reverend Alexander H Bridges.
The Draining of the Northern fields: For a description of the original Northern Fields a study of the 1868 Ordnance Map shows the Wandle River on its ancient course through the Park, the Carew Lake to the front of the Manor House and the many streams that stretched across the park. The ground purchase by A H Bridges in 1863, known then as Dog Kennel Mead, shows a stream running through the middle of the field with no sign of any cricket grounds. The only crossing into these Northern Fields was via the Iron Bridge built by the Carews, and now in the ownership of the Female Orphanage.
The Rev Bridges’ alterations to the park included changing the ancient course of the Wandle from East to West, felling ancient oaks, disliked by Mr Smee the Grange gardener, the culverting of the meandering streams to a central lake in the park, the in-fill and turfing of the Carew Lake in front of the Manor, and the building of a Terracotta Bridge with his initial A H B on the central arch, wide enough to take a Four in Hand across the river on a Bridle Path that lead to the Beddington Park ground, the whole project taking three years to complete.
All of these alterations can be clearly seen on the 1897 Ordnance Map of the northern fields including the two pavilions and cricket grounds, confirming our starting date of 1873. All the trees planted along the perimeter and the bridle path were the work of the now Canon A H Bridges.
It was during the winter of 1872 that James Southerton (The man of three counties) who was to make his test debut at the age of 49 years in Lilywhite’s 1877 tour of Australia, laid the cricket ground at Beddington Park, and the ground was ready for use by the spring of 1873.
During the Summer recess at Oxford 1872-1874 John H Bridges and Jarvis Kenrick, his friend from Caterham, went up to the Bridges Estate in Aberdeen and played cricket for the Bonnykelly, Aberdeenshire CC. Aberdeenshire were later made famous by producing Leslie Balfour and Gregor McGregor, who captained the Middlesex side and played for England.
The year Rev Alexander Henry Bridges of St Mary’s was appointed honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral. His son, John H Bridges, was still at Oxford when he played in the first game of cricket on the new Beddington Park ground on Wednesday 25th June 1873, between the Gentlemen of Beddington – his father’s team – and John Henry’s team from the parish of Caterham. He would have invited his friend Jarvis Kenrick of Lancing College and Oxford to play in his side.
First Cricket at Beddington Park – Croydon Chronicle 1873
Beddington Park presented a festive appearance on Wednesday, when a cricket match was played on the new piece of ground lately presented to the residents in the neighbourhood for the purpose, by the Rev Mr Bridges, the rector. This gentleman, who it is well known is always doing something for the social improvement of his parishioners, has lately placed some seats in the park and is we believe about to erect a spacious and elegant pavilion on the cricket ground, which when completed, will compare favourably with any similar place of recreation in England. The match was organised by Mr John Henry Bridges, who selected eleven gentlemen players from the neighbourhood of Caterham. A large and fashionable company were entertained by the Rev Mr Bridges, and a sumptuous luncheon was served up by Mr Budden orf the Greyhound Hotel Croydon, who also provided tea for the ladies. The ground, which was in splendid condition, is approached by a lovely drive through the park.
The match was very exciting, the battling of each competitive force being highly eulogised by some old cricketers present and the fielding was equally well attended too. Mr Bridge’s eleven were successful, the match being decided on the first innings. A more enjoyable day has not been spent in this historic locality. (Croydon Chronicle 1873)
Prior to this match a game was played at Beddington on Wednesday 18th June 1873 between Eight of Beddington Amateurs v Six of White Star, Hackbridge, and may have been the first game played on the Beddington village ground. The all-round play of Davenport, Smith, Steadman, Odd, and Busbridge for the Amateurs was remarkably good, as was the bowling of Jarvis, Graham, and McRae for the White Star. Jarvis, McRae and Hazell were also in the earlier Beddington United side and later played in the Hackbridge House team of 1878.
The Beddington pavilions on these grounds were completed during the autumn and winter of 1873, the date on the pavilion chimney stack, ready for the start of the 1874 season. It was during this period that Beddington United CC reverted back to their original name of Beddington Corner. Boundary changes meant Beddington Corner was now in the parish of Wallington, and the railway at Hackbridge was now in place to Epsom and beyond.
The private pavilion was erected at the cost of £3,000 in an enclosure of several acres (10 acre field) in the midst of Beddington Park. It comprises the covered veranda with raised seats and railed round, a large dining hall, with the proper culinary requirement at the rear pantries and ice well etc. The ladies and gentleman’s dressing rooms, with lavatories and water laid on, on the ground floor and the dining hall are panelled, and the ceilings in pitch pine. There is a large range of lockers, hanging closets, and every requirement for comfort and use. The furniture of the hall is in solid oak and in character. The towers comprised smoking and store rooms with large tanks supplied by force pumps, for the purpose of watering the cricket ground by hose. There are beautiful views over the park from the towers, with the River Wandle running through the surrounding countryside. There is a range of offices with convenient sheds for carriages and horses to the rear, besides arrangement for servants also at the rear of the pavilion.
The building was constructed on a brick foundation with concrete under, having stone quoins and chimney also in red brick, rustic work to the open veranda and elsewhere the floors are planked, the roofs are covered with Norfolk Reed. (The roof was tiled in 1924 although the thatched stables remained). Everything has been carried out in the most substantial manner from the design of Mr Joseph Clarke FSA (Canon Bridges’ favoured architect) 13 Stratford Place, London. The builders were Messrs Roberts of Islington, clerk of the works being Mr Thomas Booth. The whole of the extensive ground is enclosed (10 acres) by oak paled fencing. Date of etching on the chimney wall 1873. A lesser pavilion has also been erected (1873) from the designs of the same architect in a separate but adjoining cricket ground in the Beddington Park Ground. (OS1868 Dog Kennel Mead).
In the year 1874, according to the first History of Beddington Choir, a single wicket match was played in Beddington Park between W H Patchell (the Beddington choir champion), and W T Gower (Croydon Parish champion) resulting in a victory for the former by one run. In the first innings Mr Patchell was bowled by Mr Gower without scoring; Mr Patchell also bowled Mr Gower with a similar delivery. In the second innings Mr Patchell stole one run before again being bowled by his opponent and Mr Gower was caught without a run. Thus the champion won magnificently by one run, much interest was excited in the match.
The choir team was a collection of men and boys from the Parishes of Beddington and Wallington. This year the Beddington choir led by Mr G Burry won all of their matches, C Davenport, Jarvis, E Ribbens, Patchell, and Marfleet all excelled, by this time they were running two elevens. The cricketer to follow in this early history is C Davenport who lived at Butter Hill, Wallington Corner; he played for every Beddington side mentioned in this early history including Beddington United at Beddington Corner, Beddington Amateurs and the Beddington Choir at Beddington Park.
Old Wykehamist CC
The Old Wykehamist CC was founded at Temple Bar in 1874 where the first committee was elected; C Awdry, F H Birley, H Deane, C H Guiness, W Lindsay, C Marriott, and T Latham. A distinguished cricketer at the meeting was John Shuter, who afterward captained Surrey for many years. Only three matches were played during the first year, one of those being the Wykehamists vs J H Bridges’ XI at Beddington Park. For the next three years with T Latham as secretary, the Old Wykehamists played their matches at Beddington Park and in 1877 J H Bridges was elected as secretary, but in 1878 the membership dwindled and it became difficult to raise sides, in fact the records show that no matches were played in 1879, except games at Winchester College. Between 1880 and 1884 the club collapsed, but in the latter year a meeting was called with the object of reconstituting the club, with P R Toynbee as secretary. (Lords Archives)
The extension to the St Mary’s graveyard was completed by Joseph Clarke, and Roberts the Builder, after years of wrangling from 1870, and the sale of the Beddington Farm to Canon Alexander Bridges, by the Lambeth Female Orphanage, which was running short of money, was finalised. Canon Bridges now owned the whole of Beddington Park and the Beddington Farm, with the famous Dovecote still standing today.
Graveyard extension completed 1875
The St Mary’s choir was making a good impression on the local cricket scene, at the Beddington Park ground, against Harcourt, White Star Hackbridge, Beddington Amateurs, Trinity College and Bromley Clarence. By this time the choir was running two sides, and would in the next five years be playing in the Beddington teams on the Beddington village ground with the lesser thatched pavilion.
John Henry Bridges returned to Beddington from Oxford in June. Although John Henry Bridges was a very good sportsman at Oxford he never obtained a blue. He had captained the Oriel College side in 1874, playing in the Oxford Next XV, and in Lord Harris’ XI at Lord’s in the same year.
John Henry Bridges with his good friends Jarvis Kenrick and Francis Birley played in a game at Beddington Park against Reigate Hill, resulting in an easy win for the home team, with Kenrick taking all ten wickets for 39 runs and John Henry scoring 69 runs in a first innings total of 169 runs. This Beddington side contained many of the players involved in the record-breaking Marlborough Nomads game of the following year.
In the 1875 season a team was formed in Carshalton Park by Jerimiah Colman, a private club that played eight games a year until the family moved to Gatton Manor, Reigate in 1885. John Henry Bridges was a personal friend of the Colman’s and Robbie Henderson sometimes scored for the Carshalton Park side as a young lad. (History from a Letter to a Friend by Terence Colman at Sutton Archives).
In 1875 Wisden recorded: Individual Innings of three figures were recorded at Beddington Park when Mr H K Avery scored 129 n.o. for Beddington Park in a match against Eton Ramblers. In August the Old Wykehamists played their now annual match against Beddington Park.
There were three or more sides playing on Canon Bridges’ Beddington Park ground, while the team called Beddington Park and the Choir played on Canon Bridges’ private ground, while all other games i.e. Beddington CC, Beddington Village CC, Beddington Amateurs and Harcourt CC played on the village ground with the Lesser Thatched Pavilion.
Public school and first class games played on the private ground were recorded at Surrey Oval, Lord’s and Wisden, while the Choir Boys and village teams appeared in the local journals. Over time the various sides became formalised as 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs. This was the year that the Henderson family came to Beddington from Newport, Monmouthshire, another coincidence as Newport was the home of Atkins Borsley, the land speculator at Beddington. Thomas Henderson senior had taken a job as a Mechanical Engineer at the Female Orphanage. The family numbering six were given an Asylum Cottage on the Park Farm estate. Robert Henderson was eleven years of age when they first arrived, the youngest of four children, Thomas jnr, David and Robbie, sister Hester (born 1863) became a local piano teacher. The two older boys joined the Hackbridge House CC side and Robbie was soon to play in the Beddington Choir side on Canon Bridges private ground.
This was the year of the record breaking Marlborough Nomads game on the private ground. Although the match was a very inferior one, the record was kept at the Oval Archives as a curiosity. The Beddington Park innings exceeded 500 runs, and the opposition did not bat.
In July, Beddington Park with H R Webbe, R Humphrey and J Southerton played Harrow Wanderers. Beddington were the first to bat and were bowled out for a total of 143 runs. The Wanderers then went to work with the willow and when “time” was called ending the day’s play, their score stood at 162 and not a wicket had fallen. This match is recorded in Wisden.
The Beddington Village CC continued to improve with victories against Chelsham, Bromley, Croydon, Beddington Choir and Beddington Corner United. This year John Henry played in his first match with Surrey CCC as did his friend Jarvis Kenrick, without much success, he also founded the first Aberdeen Angus Cattle breeding farm in England this year, at Langshott Farm in Horley, left to him by his grandfather Sir Henry Bridges in 1862.
In 1877 Canon Bridges had a gate lodge built to house Mr Pulling a trusted friend who managed the Park estate. The Lodge built by Joseph Clarke and Roberts the builder is still standing today at the entrance to the park in Church Road.
This year J H Bridges was elected as honorary secretary of the Old Wykehamists at Beddington Park and the first cricket match against Whitgift School was played on the park ground. (This game is mentioned in Bentham’s History of Whitgift School.) Beddington Park had produced a strong side for this match including Rev R E Lee, J H Bridges, G F Gale, Sid Jones, T Henderson, with Ribbens and Patchell from the choir team, the match finished in favour of Beddington by 17 runs.
In May 1877 at the Beddington Park ground eleven Gentlemen of Surrey with E Barrett played a match over two days against eighteen Surrey colts with F Gale. The Gentlemen were successful with E Barrett from Carshalton House school taking 11 wickets in the game. In July the Old Wykehamists played Eton Ramblers on the private ground, the game being drawn over two innings. Several teams played on the village wicket this season and the choir boys had a successful season under the captaincy of Mr G H Burry the choir master.
The foundation year of the Old Whitgiftians. In days of yore, all members of the cricket club were alumni of Whitgift School. However, for many years now the club had been open to good cricketers of whatever background. The Beddington Club has for many years had a lasting relationship with the school and the club. In this year Beddington defeated the Whitgift School side on their North End Croydon Ground, with J H Bridges scoring a record 158 runs in the match, and these games became a permanent fixture at home and away into the 1900s.
This year Beddington Village CC lost by 35 runs, playing away at the Banstead ground. R I’Anson carried his bat for a remarkable 90 runs n.o. He was later to play for Beddington CC with J Colman, Q West and J Southerton, as well as turning out for the Jockeys at Lord’s. In July of 1878 Reigate Hill CC came to Beddington. John Henry, Jarvis Kenrick, F H Birley and Rev R E Lee now the leading players in the Beddington team were once again too strong for the Reigate Hill team.
This was the last year that the Old Wykehamists would play at the Beddington Park ground, as they were running short of members, and the following year they returned to the Winchester College ground. The Rev R E Lee (Winchester College), the Rector at the Beddington Corner Church School opposite the Goat Inn, was always available to play in the Beddington CC teams during this period.
By 1878-79 archery had become afavoured pastime for the leisured classes to indulge themselves. The Archery Club of Canon Bridges, with its beautiful pavilion and its paled oak fence enclosure, became extremely popular, with the railway now close at hand; the well-to-do flocked to the park to sample the undivided attention of the club secretary John Henry Bridges.
This led to the wedding of John Henry Bridges to Edith Isabelle Tritton the youngest daughter of the banker Henry Tritton, and the evacuation of all cricket from Canon Bridges’ private ground to the Beddington village ground with the lesser thatched pavilion.
The 1879 season began with a match on the Beddington village ground against Whitgift School, this year saw the first appearance of Thomas Bentham the Beddington historian, in the Whitgift XI. The game played on Monday resulted in a victory for John Henry’s team by 48 runs. F H Birley, C Lambert, and Rev R E Lee scored well for the home side.
On the 21st May an interesting game was played at Beddington Park when Wallington College gained a victory over Beddington CC by 9 runs. C Johnson, P Mottu (the keeper) and W Smith distinguished themselves with the bat for their respective sides. For the winners C Johnson bowled with great effect, obtaining eight wickets for five runs in the first innings. For the losers Robert Henderson and A Jenkins bowled very well. F Goddard for the college later became the secretary of Beddington CC. The majority of players in these two teams would appear later in John Henry Bridges’ Beddington CC team, included T Johnson, W Arnott, J Cole, A Smith and the brothers Burry. Robbie Henderson at just 14 years of age took 10 wickets in this two innings match.
The older Henderson brothers had decided to play their cricket at Hackbridge House; at least you could get a pint of beer in the Old Red Lion Inn after the game, not available at the Lesser Thatched Pavilion on Canon Bridges’ Ground. This later presented a problem at the Beddington Club, as cricket in the early days revolved around the local taverns for food, refreshment, and music after the match, the exception at this time being the Beddington CC.
We now believe that 1880 was the year that all these teams and players came together as the Beddington CC on the village ground with the lesser thatched pavilion, this being the season when the three Henderson brothers joined the Beddington Club, Robbie Henderson, 16 years of age, was now a scholar at Wallington College and reports from the inspector of schools that year suggest that R Kirkman and F Goddard, two of the Beddington cricket team, were among the brightest students at the college.
The first match of the season was Mitcham and District v Beddington CC at Beddington Park, both teams selecting a strong side for this local derby. Beddington CC had the three Hendersons, Sid Jones, R Pott, and W H Pott of Eton. Mitcham CC had F Gale and G F Gale, J Thompson and E Barrington. For Beddington R Henderson and S Jones played well throughout the match, while F Mills batted well for Mitcham with 51 runs. Beddington CC won this two innings matches by 45 runs. In June, Beddington CC lost this season’s match against Whitgift School by 14 runs in the first innings, with H W Turner for Whitgift taking seven wickets.
A friendly match was played at the end of June when J H Bridges Beddington XI played Mr C Woodruff’s XI, at Beddington resulting in a victory for Beddington by 183 runs. Mr C Woodruff was the new Rector at Holy Trinity, Wallington. The feature of the day’s cricket was the magnificent batting of Mr J H Bridges who made 122 runs assisted by R Henderson with a score of 30 runs, his brother Thomas Henderson taking six of the opposition wickets. Mr C Woodruff lived on the Wallington Manor House estate, Wallington Green.
In the same week Beddington Choir played Leicester House, Carshalton, resulting in a victory for the choir by 72 runs with R Henderson scoring 84 n.o. and taking five wickets with F Goddard, in the Leicester House total of 30 runs. Marfleet and Baines for Leicester House would later play in the Beddington CC team. The Beddington Choir and the Wallington College were both running two sides during this period, an excellent nursery for the Beddington Club.
At the Archery club ground, Canon A Bridges had sanctioned the beginning of a lawn tennis club. The private ground with the paled oak fence, became the archery and tennis club, no longer a cricket ground. Canon Bridges allowed the Oddfellows and the Free Foresters at the Duke’s Head, to use the ground for their summer fetes. Jarvis Kenrick later formed a croquet club at the private ground, now the Beddington Archery, Lawn Tennis, and Croquet Club. Cricket on Canon Bridges private ground had ended in 1879, when The Wykehamists disbanded.
The start of the cricket season saw the return of the Marlborough Nomads to Carshalton House. They went home again empty handed when they lost the match by one run in the second innings, at least they had a chance to bat this time . The Annual Report on Beddington CC matches for the year reads 16 matches played 11 won and 5 lost. The team did not lose a match in April or May, and won the first match with Guy’s Hospital in June. Oakfield, Whitgift and Banstead, put an end to their winning streak in the next three games.
The match against Mr Woodruff’s XI, now a permanent fixture, ended in a win for the club by 183 runs on the first innings. In July Banstead won again by 12 runs and Beddington beat Mr Woodruff’s XI for the second time. In August and September Beddington were unbeaten. Top of the averages were J H Bridges with 33.50 runs and Jeremiah Colman with 23.6 runs, while Bentley and Muggeridge fared well with the ball, the three Henderson brothers played more than a dozen games each with R Henderson and A F Stevens, the secretary of the club, both playing 23 games during the season.
Extracts from the club rules of 1882 state: “The annual subscription of playing members is 5/- at least, but any gentleman is at liberty to give more.” John Henry Bridges was still running the Archery and Tennis club as secretary and skippering the cricket team. Dodds Papers at this time suggests that Canon Bridges was not much interested in cricket at this time and preferred his trips to Italy in the summer and his cello at charity concerts in the winter.
The first May fixture was against The Priory CC resulted in a win for Beddington, some excellent bowling was displayed by young Robert Henderson who took 9 wickets for only 18 runs and S A Jones who was also credited with 10 wickets for 36 runs over the two innings match, J H Bridges skippered the side in this mid-week game.
Matches continued on a home and away basis with Whitgift School, Oakfield, Banstead, Guy’s Hospital, Addiscombe and Caterham, and July saw the beginning of the first Beddington Cricket Week. Guy’s Hospital suffered the first defeat when Jarvis Kenrick scored 123 runs in the first innings, and took seven wickets in the Guy’s Hospital total of 25 runs. Kenrick, Birley, Toynbee, R Henderson and S Jones were available all week and with John Henry Bridges would have been a formidable team.
In August Robbie Henderson was selected for an East Surrey side to play Crystal Palace, the Surrey side were far too strong for the Palace side, winning on the first innings.
The list of matches included Oakfield, Whitgift, Croydon, Banstead, Caterham, Cheam, Chipstead, Horley, and Addiscombe all on a home and away basis, single matches were Mr A H Bridges presidents game during the cricket week, Upton Park and Mr Burgess’s XI.
Beddington choir played a fixture against Croydon Clarence winning by 63 runs. In July Whitgift played Beddington with R Henderson scoring 96 in a first innings score of 218 runs and then taking 7 wickets in the Whitgift total of 61 runs. Playing in the Whitgift side was G Marks, later to become J H Bridges’ son-in-law, A Moody became secretary at Beddington club and T Bentham the historian.
The first match of cricket week Beddington played Dorking, the day was exceedingly fine and the defeat of the home side can only be attributed to one of those inconsistencies for which the Noble Game is so famous. John Henry seems to have lost interest in cricket at Beddington, and during the season his appearances became irregular. This may have been due to his work and family commitments at Ewell, where his family was increasing year on year.
Robbie Henderson had made his first appearance at Lord’s in this season and an issue of the ‘Cricketer’ this year said: Among the few really capable professionals the southern counties have produced of late, none have shown more distinct promise than Henderson. Very few cricketers have in a first season made their mark so decisively, he is one of the, if not the smallest and one of the youngest professionals who has taken part in first class matches in 1883. All round he is certainly the most promising young professional cricket has produced for some time.
The opening match of the 1884 season was played at Beddington against the “Stygians” the ground very soft after overnight rain, contributing in great measure to the small score made by Beddington who going in first, had decidedly the worst of the day. For the Stygians the fast underhand bowling of Sapte was very destructive, while J Bush and J W Vernon assisted in the manipulation of their fairly good score. The Beddington team were well represented with Messrs Toynbee, Muggeridge and T Henderson with Bentley keeping wicket which excited general admiration, the game being abandoned at a critical stage when rain stopped play. In July the Beddington choir defeated A N Penfold’s XI by 72 runs. Beddington CC fixtures included Banstead, Addiscombe, Guy’s Hospital, Whitgift, Caterham, Cheam and Chipstead. In the return game at Beddington, Addiscombe scored 129 in their first innings, R Henderson for Beddington taking 5 of the Addiscombe wickets; in reply Beddington scored only 62 runs in their first innings and 95 runs in their second innings and lost the game, J H Bridges being bowled out by W Lemmon in both innings for a pair. This was the last game John Henry Bridges was to play for Beddington CC, andhe left the club to start his own team at Ewell. He was at this time secretary in charge of the lawn tennis and archery club at the private ground. In July of this year John Henry became the Executor of Canon Bridges’ will, with various bequests in favour of John Henry Bridges whose mother Caroline was now in her 70th year. The Wykehamists had elected a new secretary at Winchester College, in Mr P Toynbee.
With the departure of John Henry as secretary, many cricketers left the club including Kenrick, Birley, Toynbee the Wykehamists and Jeremiah Colman who had moved to Gatton Manor, Reigate. Many other players left the club such as the brothers Henderson, captain Muggeridge, Mawer and I’Anson who had returned to Banstead, the majority of players preferring Mr Goad’s Hackbridge House ground with better facilities and a pint at the Old Red Lion Inn after the game.
During this season Hackbridge House played Kenley at Hackbridge resulting in an easy win for Hackbridge House, even the incoming curate at St Mary’s Beddington, Rev J Baker, played in the side during the season.
At Beddington Park the Beddington Choir team played the now Wallington Grammar School for the first time, resulting in favour of the latter by 64 runs with J Coates n.o. 103 runs, also taking four wickets for the school. The name of Robertson appears in the school team. In July the Beddington Choir played Mr J Baker’s XI resulting in favour of the choir. Mr Baker was about to become the next curate at Beddington and captain of the Beddington CC for the next three year.
The only published reports at Beddington came from the St Mary’s Choir CC who played Benhilton Choir, Ewell Choir, Whitgift School, Harcourt CC, Mr Taylor’s XI and Wallington Grammar School.
Rev J Baker, now a curate at St. Mary’s, took on the captaincy of the Beddington CC. His captaincy was to last until the end of his stay at Beddington, he had also joined the Hackbridge House team prior to this engagement and was ably supported by Mr F Goddard as secretary at the Beddington Club, this being a successful year for the Rev Baker, with the return of many old members to the club: C W Lindsay, the brothers Henderson, Laidlow, Peile, with Kirkman and Carpenter the front line bowlers, (we even found a Jenner, maybe a relation of Herbert, playing in the side.) Much was achieved by the Rev J Baker during his captaincy, who was himself a useful cricketer.
This was the year that Thomas Bentham the historian of Beddington was ordained. His first encounter with Beddington Cricket was at Whitgift School as assistant master, and he played against the Beddington CC on several occasions. His association with St Mary’s, Beddington, began in 1888 as a curate under Canon A H Bridges, his curacy came to an end on the death of the Canon, but he remained as assistant curate at St Mary’s under Rev H A Hogdson until 1904.
He wrote the History of Beddington in a hurry (his words) in 1923 exactly 50 years after the ground had been laid at Beddington Park, something he would certainly have known about. He was curate and assistant curate at Beddington while his church at Addiscombe was being built and thanked the parishioners for all the kindness they had shown him during his stay at Beddington. In 1937 he was buried in a prominent position at the front of the old St Mary’s churchyard, Beddington.
In this year the experiment of running two elevens was tried, without much success, as it was found difficult to turn out two teams on a regular basis. Opponents included Addiscombe, Mitcham, Whitgift, Guy’s Hospital, Banstead, Kenley, Sutton and Croydon. Beddington CC played 20 games under Rev J Baker winning eight games with four games lost and eight drawn.
In July a match was played at Hackbridge House and resulted in a win for the home team. Hackbridge scored 232 runs in their innings with R I’Anson scoring 61 runs. Beddington in reply scored 150 runs with Rev Baker scoring 58 runs, and R I’Anson taking six of the Beddington wickets. This year Surrey Club and Ground played Hackbridge House, Rev Baker, Sid Jones, L Bentley, of Beddington Club all played in the Hackbridge House team.
With so many members now preferring Hackbridge House for their cricket, the church sexton Mr Estridge solved the problem of refreshments at Beddington by keeping a tub of beer in his Asylum Cottage adjacent to the ground.
In a report by the Sutton Herald July 1887 Beddington CC played Norwood Park at Beddington, resulting in a win for the visitors by 23 Runs. In these reports a game was played by the Beddington Working Men’s Club, at Beddington Lane against Caterham , playing in the side was Albert Saw the man who umpired for Beddington for 50 years.
In the seasons averages it will be seen that F Goddard topped the Batting Averages with 31.0 and A Lintott second with 26.0, the bowling averages by A Peile with 41 wickets at 8.32 runs and A Potter 29 wickets at 8.34 runs, all being creditable averages for the season.
A new fixture for Beddington in 1888 was Carshalton Cricket and Tennis Club at the Grove, W Baines of the Wykehamists playing for Carshalton. T Henderson batted very well and later took 7 Carshalton wickets for 39 runs in a game that Beddington lost. Against Addiscombe CC, the Beddington innings realised 319 runs, while our opponents were all out for a meagre 48 runs.
The batting of F Goddard, T Henderson and C W Lindsay with some assistance from R Henderson was very strong, but the results were poor for Rev Joseph Baker who had been a most popular captain. On Whit Monday, Beddington CC played Banstead CC at Banstead ending in a defeat in the first innings by 15 runs. Banstead totalled 134 runs, Beddington 119 runs. The Beddington team for this match, T Henderson opened the batting with J Dives from the Stock Exchange, F Goddard club secretary, Kirkman, Laidlaw, Carpenter, Peile, from the Wallington College, E Pothecary the vice-captain, H N Moody the team secretary, P Howes who appears for the first time, taking eight Banstead CC wickets during the match.
Rev J Baker the captain for the last three years, was soon to depart from St Mary’s Church for a posting as curate in the Canary Isles. Mr E Pothecary, the solicitor from Harcourt Road, took over as captain in the following year.
The first match of the season J H Bridges bought his Ewell team to Beddington for the first time, the Beddington team consisting of T Henderson, R Henderson, H N Moody, F E Goddard, C F Evans, J Laidlaw, W A Winton, A Howes, J Goodison and P Howes. Beddington CC were the first to bat, T Henderson, H N Moody, R Henderson, and F Goddard put on 128 runs for the first two wickets in the Beddington innings. On the other hand Ewell CC in their innings scored 26 runs for the loss of the first six wickets, C Leggatt collecting 61 n.o., in the Ewell total of 101 runs including eight extras. For Beddington R Henderson scored 46 runs, his brother Thomas contributing 42 runs to the Beddington winning total of 167 runs with four extras.
The second match played at Beddington Park against Hampstead Nondescripts was another success for Mr Pothecary with exactly the same team, Beddington winning by 49 runs. Fixtures this year included Croydon CC, Lansdowne CC, Banstead CC, Guy’s Hospital, Mitcham, with the choir boys playing each week on Monday and Wednesday.
In 1890 John Henry Bridges returned once again to play for Beddington in their first game of the season against Carshalton Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, at Grove Park. The Carshalton club were the first to bat scoring 108 runs in total, with Thomas Henderson taking five wickets for Beddington. In reply the Beddington side were bowled out for 39 runs. The Grove Park wicket, renowned for being lively, certainly was for this match.
In June Beddington CC played Burlington Wanderers the game was keenly contested throughout resulting in another win for Mr Pothecary’s team. In July Mr Pothecary decided that his performances as captain, in cricket terms, were not good enough and stood down, to be replaced by another solicitor Mr F C Lingard his next door neighbour in Harcourt Road, who took on the responsibility for the rest of the season. His first match was Mitcham CC at Beddington, where the home side were bowled out in their first innings for a meagre 29 runs, not one batsman obtaining double figures. Mitcham then went on to score 139 runs in their innings, and bowled Beddington out again in their second innings for 95 runs, of which Mr F C Lingard scored 44 runs.
Dodds Papers, written in the last year of Canon Alexander Bridges life, describes the clergyman during this time: “Canon Bridges whilst not taking any great interest in sport is ever ready to encourage any local enterprise leaning on it and has several times placed his beautiful park at the disposal of the “Oddfellows” and “Free Foresters”, for their summer galas, whilst he has given the field at the side of the Cricket Ground to the Beddington Cricket Club of which he is President, rent free. He is also patron of the Archery and Tennis Club, his son the popular secretary. Canon A H Bridges was the possessor of a large and convenient Mansion, an extensive and picturesque park and a comfortable income from the church. Prior to the marriage of Canon Bridges son to Edith Tritton, austerity was the order of the day at Beddington House garden parties, Bridges Lane. Archery and cricket matches in the park succeeded each other with great regularity for some period of time. The house and park were never dull, under the light hearted drive of John Henry, but after his departure to Avenue House, Ewell in 1879, a change had crept over the ancient estate”.
Thomas Bentham in his history echoes this: “It was a sad day for everybody when John Henry Bridges, severed his connections with Beddington, and Ewell when he retired to Eastbourne in 1920.”
Ted Langham was appointed as our first paid groundsman and stayed for thirty-four years. The Beddington Archery Society held their annual handicap meeting in the park when 48 archers attended. The weather was all that could be desired and the lady archers were not bad either, according to Gilly Reay as he peeped over the oak fence, as a young stallion in 1904.
Cricket continued under the watchful eye of Mr F C Lingard, altogether the club played 32 matches of which 14 were won, 7 lost and 11 drawn. The second XI played 14 games of which 7 were won, three lost and one drawn far better results than the previous season. On the Saturday before Cricket Week, Beddington played Mitcham on the green resulting in a draw. On Bank Holiday Monday they played Sutton, Tuesday Mr S Rostron’s XI, and Wednesday Rev G Cotterill’s XI with winning results. On Thursday Surrey C and G won their match by 106 runs, with A Peile for Beddington taking six of the Surrey wickets. Results were good for Mr Lingard in his second year in office.
At Beddington House, Bridges Lane on the morning of 16th October 1891 Canon A H Bridges died at the age of 79 years, his life almost mirroring that of Queen Victoria. He was buried at his daughter’s side in St Mary’s churchyard. He had in his lifetime procured the whole of Beddington Park for future generations to enjoy and for this alone the Beddington Club must be thankful. At the rectory at Beddington Rev H A Hodgson, the godchild of Canon Bridges and nephew of his wife, had been appointed Rector at St Mary’s by Mrs Caroline Bridges.
Matches arranged for the season were Burlington Wanderers, Kenley, Crystal Palace, Croydon, Roving Friars, Sutton, Caterham, Banstead, Ewell, Dulwich, Mitcham, Surrey C and G. Hackbridge House, and Streatham. And for the 2nd XI, Cheam, Croydon, Telford Park, Sutton, Whitgift School, and The First West Surrey Regiment. There had also been a Cricket Week arranged in August. The week was an innovation in 1891 and is hoped to become an annual affair. The members were looking forward to a successful season, especially with the addition to the playing strength with Mr E G Coles from Trinity, Cambridge and Mr L Rostron, New College, Oxford, who hope to be playing regularly this season. A word of praise for Mr Pothecary who resigned in favour of Mr F C Lingard for his readiness to support the club whenever it is deemed necessary to do so.
A very good choice had been made in Mr F C Lingard as captain. Mr J H Bridges had consented to act as ‘President’ of the club, in place of his Father. Mr H N Moody who has acted as honorary secretary for the last three years, had been obliged to resign owing to the stress of business, among the latest members to join was the newly instated Rector Rev H A Hodgson who was later to give great service to the club. In June John Henry returned to Beddington with his Ewell side, who batted first, scoring 169 for 6 when they declared, with John Henry 48 n.o. and J E Perks 43 runs. Beddington were 65 for 8 wickets, with Bobbie Henderson, 33 n.o., when stumps were drawn.
Mr F C Lingard continued in the office of captain with C W Lindsay now the club secretary. Ground expenses under new management had increased, because a Groundsman now had to be paid, with the passing of the Canon charity seems to have gone out of the window. Subs for playing members had been raised to 30/- per annum, with a 5/- discount for prompt payment. The best performance of the season was the defeat of Surrey Club and Ground by 17 runs with Collison getting a “hat trick”. The game with Mitcham was tied with H Rogers taking 7 wickets for only 13 runs. F Goddard (Wallington College) was the mainstay of the batting this year, scoring 600 runs with an average of 34. The List of Secretaries in the metropolitan area read, A J Hazell Hackbridge House, W T Grant Addiscombe, C W Lindsay Beddington and H R Groom Croydon. This was Mr F C Lingard last year as captain at Beddington, a tried and tested, well respected, member of the Beddington Club.
The present rector at St Mary’s, Rev H A Hodgson, was appointed 1st XI captain of Beddington and held this position until 1904. It was in a large measure due to this genial and splendid cricketer that the Beddington Cricket Club became so well known throughout Surrey, although he missed his “blue” at Cambridge the Rector was above the average club player. Another prominent member at this time was R A Sheppard, who contributed many fine innings for the club until his departure in 1903 when he joined the London County CC with W G Grace and Surrey Club and Ground. R A Sheppard made a number of successful appearances in the Surrey 1st XI. Beddington had a poor Cricket Week this year with only two matches being won, the other four were lost. Mr F Goddard headed the batting list this year.
It was stated that the wicket was in a bad condition, it appears that when the ground had been re-laid some time ago, a considerable amount of money had been expended from the club funds, the work was either badly done, or done by someone who did not understand his business. It would be necessary at some stage to have the turf re-laid.
At the Oval “Bobbie” Henderson was winning golden opinions this year by his consistent good play, an authority remarked that he was fast becoming one of the steadiest bats in the country, another said he was becoming a very stylish bat, while another described an innings of his as the prettiest cricket he had seen at the Oval for some considerable time, but “Bobbie” is so wonderfully modest that observations like these would be overlooked, his Beddington supporters were delighted to find him justifying all they have said about him.
C W Lindsay and his brother W H Lindsay, who lived in the “Brandries” in Guy Road, Beddington with their father W Lindsay, became the prominent players of this period at Beddington CC while Mr F Lingard became the leading bowler, and achieved the feat of taking 5 wickets with consecutive balls against Mitcham this season. Beddington played Marlborough Blues, Burlington Wanderers, and the Roving Friars all in very closely fought matches. Cricket provided good entertainment this year for supporters and members alike.
The first game of the season was Mitcham 2nd XI v Beddington 2nd XI on the green with Beddington losing by 81 runs, T Henderson and P Moody (Whitgift School) batted well, while Russell and Freeman made half centuries in the Mitcham victory. in August the Beddington 2nd XI looked impressive against Addiscombe 2nd XI winning by 77 runs. In the Beddington side L Rostron, A Hill (Capt), T Henderson, E Baker, Kirkman, Collins, Manning and A Langman, who took seven of the Addiscombe wicket, he later became the Beddington Ist XI Umpire. The only thing to spoil this summer season was the English weather. It was in this year that R Henderson was awarded his county Benefit and chose the Surrey v Yorkshire match at the Oval. The Beddington members made a special effort to help on the financial side but professional cricketers’ benefits never reached the figures obtained today.
This was a notable year for Rev Hodgson and his team as it was the first year a home Cricket Week had been held and apart from the subsequent war years, they have been held ever since, in fact they had become the high spot of the season with interesting personalities putting in an appearance. These Cricket Weeks were looked forward to not only by the players but the members and spectators alike, given the fine weather. On Whit Monday Sutton made a big score of 348 runs against our total of 216 runs with W H Lindsay making 81 runs for Beddington. He followed this with 106 runs against Crystal Palace at Beddington, the 106 runs were made without a chance being given, included one six and fifteen fours, out of an innings total of 143 runs. In the following match against the Roving Friars his brother C Lindsay made yet another century.
The season produced fair results, but the club suffered, as many of the best players were unable to turn out regularly. It was in this year that R A Sheppard as a scholar set a record breaking score of 145 n.o. for Whitgift School. It was also the year that Robert Henderson retired from professional cricket, and became the people’s Churchwarden at St Mary’s Beddington. He was as diligent and attentive in that capacity as he was a cricketer according to T Bentham, the curate.
In 1897 P Rostron of “Riverside” Bridges Lane Beddington, joined the club and for some years was a prominent member. It was at this time that W H Lindsay decided to return to his roots in India, a great loss to the Beddington Club. On the other hand it had a valuable addition in T S Dury formerly of Oxford University and Yorkshire CCC now living in Maldon Road, Wallington, who should be a great asset to the club.
Beddington Lane CC’s fixture list for this season included Croydon Adults, Stanley CC, St George’s, Beddington Corner, Old Buffers, Crown Hill CC, Clifton CC, and Thornville CC who appeared on the Sunday fixture list at Beddington as late as 1954. A Saw who umpired for Beddington for 50years, played as a youngster in the Beddington Lane CC team, their headquarters being The Harvest Home in Beddington Lane.
This season must rank as one of the most successful seasons of this era, with 12 matches won, two matches lost, and ten drawn the majority of which were clearly in favour of Beddington. The two defeats were at the hands of Mitcham and Banstead, but the latter might have been easily won, with ten runs needed with four wickets in hand, when stumps were drawn. Marlborough Blues were dismissed for 37 runs, and Rev A H Hodgson made his first century for the club. C W Lindsay and E G Coles of Cambridge University batted well all season. “Bobbie” Henderson was also in good form with the willow, scoring 278 runs in seven knocks, being not out, in five of these innings. Mr F C Lingard again headed the bowling averages with 62 wickets at the cost of ten runs each. The 2nd X I also had a successful season winning seven games and losing only three with one game tied.
The famous cricketer R H Spooner assisted Beddington CC against Leatherhead with an innings of 127 runs, and then captured 5 wickets for 18 runs, to win the game for Beddington, it was said that he hit the longest six ever seen at Beddington in this game against Leatherhead. After three years of research Brian Butchers found the record of this game in 1899 against Leatherhead that appears in “Greensward’s Articles”, on Beddington CC 1920. The link with Beddington CC through Marlboro College, and Jarvis Kenrick of Beddington CC 1876 who became his father-in-law, when R Spooner married his daughter Sarah. (1904)
Bobbie Henderson playing for Beddington during Cricket Week, scored centuries against Surrey Club and Ground and the MCC. In the same season he headed the batting averages with the remarkable figure of 98. Apart from his centuries against Surrey 130 n o and the MCC 125, he also scored 82, 62, 54 and 84 during the week, which gave him an aggregate of 537 runs. Three other centuries were recorded during the same “week” including 109 n.o. by R A Sheppard, in all Beddington made a grand total of 1,793 runs in six innings.
The season was favoured with glorious weather, and a successful year was enjoyed by all, with wickets hard and true a large number of game were drawn and ten matches won, this seasoned campaigner made 152 n.o. in the win against Reigate CC and this season scored 742 runs at an average of 53 an innings, Henderson also appeared at the top of the bowling averages.
In 1900 Mr H Hayter joined the club and was for many years a notable performer with both bat and ball, the captain at this time being Rev H A Hodgson. Hayter was a very fast bowler, with a somewhat weird action, and it is recorded that K J Key the famous old Surrey captain expressed his opinion that Hayter would have been a valuable county bowler but for his questionable delivery. Hayter’s action had often involved incidents with umpires; he eventually devoted himself to batting with successful results. Unlike the previous season, the cricket was spoilt by some wretched weather. A E Clayton a bell ringer at St Mary’s bowled very well throughout the season, claiming 75 wickets ably assisted by R A Sheppard and H Hayter. The 2nd XI lost the first two games this year but remained undefeated for the rest of the season.
In 1901 London County CC (who were included among the first class counties) paid their first visit to Beddington Park, under the captaincy of the celebrated Dr W G Grace. It is recorded that the Doctor and some of his team inadvertently booked tickets to Beddington Lane Station, a long way from the park ground and having trudged half the distance, a passing cattle truck was pressed into service, and the great “W G” arrived at the ground, to score a characteristic 51 runs. On another future visit, he scored 147 runs. When he returned again with the London County side, he was palpably caught in the slips by the Rector, who stood with the ball in his hands, early on in his innings. Seeing that the batsman showed no sign of departing, an appeal was made but the county club umpire, promptly said “not out”. The champion turned to the fielder and said “Well Rector I shall not give you another chance.” The very next ball was touched in the same way, but apparently the confused Rector allowed the ball to drop. Also in 1901 our keen rivals Sutton were beaten when F Lingard and R Henderson played so well that Beddington declared at 345 for 7 wickets. Beddington were beaten by the MCC, captained by Lord Harris, who scored 154 runs. R Henderson of Middlesex 74 runs and F Laver all assisted the MCC in their winning result.
The brothers Windsor joined the club, and in George a wicket keeper of the highest standard was discovered and one who subsequently put in many years of excellent service at the club. The season of 1903 was a very poor one, and the bad weather probably accounted for the fact that no fewer than 18 games were left drawn, with only five victories and six defeats recorded, including every match in the week. This season saw the resignation of R A Sheppard who preferred to play for Sutton, Surrey and the London County teams. The following season 1904, showed even worse results as twelve defeats were recorded including every match in the cricket week. It was in this year that Robert Henderson made his last appearance for the club, with a fine innings of 92. He became the people’s churchwarden at St Mary’s and was a regular visitor to the club ground. Thomas Bentham who knew him well said he was as diligent in his work as Churchwarden, as he was a cricketer. He started first class cricket as an Amateur, but it is understood that W G Grace persuaded him to become a professional.
In 1904 the rule on members subscriptions, was once again amended and this time the annual subscriptions was fixed at 25/-, with an additional 5/- if not paid by the 1st July, that looked rather like asking for trouble. The fixture card left no doubt about the responsibility for choosing the players for matches, by indicating prominently: “Teams will be selected by the Selection Committee”, the fixture card also stated: “Dogs are not allowed on the ground”. That notice does not now appear, but the dogs do. The great event of the year was the club gymkhana the day resulting in a profit for the club of £50. The prizes, all given by members, were presented by Miss Daisy Bridges who married G L Marks, of Beddington, a very fine cricketer at Whitgift School. At the end of the 1904 season the resignation of the captain Rev H Hodgson after eleven years, was accepted with great regret. Rev H A Hodgson’s interest was maintained long after his retirement from cricket in 1906. ‘Bully’ Bulfield remembers one of his last visits to the club on a motor cycle, when Mr Hodgson was well into his seventies. Another prominent member under review at this time was R A Sheppard, who contributed many fine innings, season after season, until his departure from the club in 1903, when he joined London County CC with W G Grace and Surrey Club and Ground. Sheppard also made a number of successful appearances in the Surrey CCC XI.
In 1905, C W Lindsay was elected captain for the season. There came to the club at this time one described in the records as a “promising youngster”. His name was G M Reay, a larger than life character in more ways than one and had along with his brother Wilfred begun to make their presence felt as a wonderful fast bowling combination against which the average club batsman could do little. G H Ashbery was another fine bowler about this time and with Hayter still bowling at top speed until he gave up, the opposing teams had some very uncomfortable times. A side note of possible interest to present day members is that a football match was played against the Carshalton Football Club in order to raise funds, the Cricket Clubs assets were improved by 3s/7d. C W Lindsay was living with his family, including his brother W H Lindsay, at the Brandries, Chats Hill, Guy Road, Beddington, his father W Lindsay born in Scotland of Indian parentage, described as a Wholesaler Clothier in Lace. He was also a scholar at Winchester College. T P Rothwell and K A Oswald started as schoolboy members in 1905, from 1929-1934 T P Rothwell captained the 2nd XI and much to the annoyance of Rothwell, K A Oswald took over the captaincy in 1935-1938, and T P Rothwell left the club – another case of the club being bigger than the man. 1905 was the year John Henry Bridges won the archery championship at the Beddington Park Ground, now the Archery, Lawn Tennis, and Croquet Club. He was to go on to represent the United Kingdom at archery in the 1908 Olympics.
Gilly Reay was 17 when he first played for the second XI in 1904. He was 59 when he retired shortly after the Second World War. Seldom can a club boast such a record, and you can still see him at the ground, towering over everyone else in the bar, Surrey blazer on, looking as though he’d still like to be out there with them…
“The pitch at the back was a turnip field”, he said, when talking about the beginnings. “We put out two sides on Saturdays, none of course on Sundays.” It’s difficult to make comparisons about the then and now. “We now have one of the best sides in the history of the club” (he was talking about the 1962 team) “but I wouldn’t like to say how they would have got on against the side we had in those days. We had some pretty good players in those days you know.”
Two of the best were the brothers Reay, Gilly and his younger brother Wilfred. They were the fast bowling opening partnership. Gilly did a bit off the pitch – while Wilf was faster through the air. In 1910 they both took a hundred wickets and in the next season Wilfred established a Beddington record by taking 131 wickets at 9.6 apiece.
Gilly mentioned how his father kicked him out of the house for losing to much money playing cards in Beddington Park after cricket matches. “Wilf and I moved into digs, a pound a week for the pair of us and another chap.” But Wilf had left the club cajoled to Purley, said his brother, by a girl – the Mata Hari of local cricket, I’ve no doubt! The brothers were never destined to bowl together again in the same game, Wilf lost his life in the First World War.
Essex and England’s J W H T Douglas (Johnny Won’t Hit Today as he was called in the quality press) brought a side to Beddington and was bowled out by the brothers who took five wickets apiece – Douglas bowled out by Gilly. “G-M” was six foot three in height and as strong as a bull. He could bowl all day and very often did. In 1910 he took 15 wickets for 67 runs against the Surrey Club and Ground and was promptly invited to play for them.
Mr L Rostron was elected captain of the 1st XI. The results were as follows: ten wins, ten draws, and seven lost. These losses included Dorking, Banstead, Ewell, Goldfield’s CC and London County who all proved victorious. W G Grace was responsible for a magnificent 147 runs in the London County CC match. H Hilder headed the batting averages this season, Reay and Hayter the bowling averages. The second XI had a successful season under new leadership of H S Moore who was to skipper the second XI for the next ten years. Major Morris, the treasurer for the past 14 years, resigned having moved from the neighbourhood. An epidemic of resignations followed when C E Pothecary moved to the Sutton Club and R Henderson on his approaching marriage resigned as match secretary.
In 1907 the President John Henry Bridges lost his devoted wife of 27 years and in sympathy all matches that week were cancelled. John Henry and Edith Bridges had produced nine children at their ancestral home at Ewell Court. He was at this time the secretary of the Archery, Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a J.P. at Epsom Assizes, with four of his children still living at Ewell Court. During this period H Hayter had become the backbone of the Beddington team. A brilliant bowling performance by Hayter enabled the club to snatch a win from Heathfield CC taking the last four wickets for only two runs. It was probably his weird delivery that caused umpires to closely watch his arm action. During the match against Marlborough Blues the team witnessed the wedding of “Robbie” Henderson at St Mary’s Church Beddington
The fixture list was extended and three elevens turned out each week. H Hayter having decided to concentrate on batting this year, his partner in crime G H Ashbery was still in great bowling form and in that season captured 79 wickets, in addition to scoring 436 runs. Patsy Hendren, H Marriott and T G Hearne playing for the MCC, defeated the Beddington side. F French skippered and like most Beddington 1st XI captains opened the batting with H Hayter, R A Sheppard, G H Ashbery, W Windsor, F T Wiltshire and L V Atkinson were also in the side. The Beddington side was bowled out for 84 runs, with Patsie Hendren and Hearne taking 5 wickets each. It was during this season that Beddington CC received an influx of new members from the Stanley Park Cricket Club who took advantage of joining Beddington’s Club to play on the beautiful Beddington Park ground.
Cricketer JH Bridges, who had played two first-class games for Surrey, was selected to represent the United Kingdom in the London Olympics. Bridges entered the Double York archery event taking fifth place with 687 points.
In 1909 an even more ambitious programme of cricket with a 3rd XI now in place, was arranged, but difficulties in turning out some of the sides caused a number of fixtures to be cancelled. An exciting match against Stoics resulted in a win for Beddington, after Stoics had only wanted four runs for victory with three wickets in hand. Those three wickets fell for the addition of only one run. In another match the opponents, Clapham Ramblers, had brought their score level with the Beddington total, but still had two wickets in hand. Nerves failed, as both batsmen were run out, and the match ended in a tie. In the same season Beddington defeated Purley at Beddington, declaring at 187 for seven wickets, in reply Purley were bowled out for 70 runs, with the brothers Reay taking four wickets each. At Purley the Beddington 2nd XI scored 232 for 7 wickets, with E C Page scoring 113 runs. The Purley 2nd XI dismissed for 94 runs. Playing in the Beddington side was an A W Robertson a surname that would appear on a regular basis, in the later history of Beddington CC. From 1909 John Henry Bridges who had now remarried Dorothy Mary Jacomb of Beddington, sold Beddington House, the family home in Bridges Lane and by 1910 was planning to sell Beddington Park judging by the photographs taken of Canon Bridges beautiful pavilion and cricket ground by his long-time friend at Oxford, Jarvis Kenrick of Bletchingley. A world war was about to intervene, and his plans were put on hold until 1919 when Beddington Park came to the market once again. Jarvis Kenrick was the eldest son of the Rev Jarvis Kenrick the Rector of St Mary’s, Caterham and Bletchingley, the ancestral home of the Kenrick family. Jarvis Kenrick had produced nine children all girls when he married the sister of F H Birley, the Old Wykehamist’s and Beddington CC player.
Spot the one armed umpire A Saw, also Gilly Reay (middle row third from left) and Wilf Reay middle row far right)
It was in the year 1910 that F F French took over the captaincy from Mr L Rostron owing to ill-health. During cricket week every game was won, due to the fact that the new captain won the toss on every occasion, and every time had invited our opponents to bat first. It was in a low scoring match in the “week” against Surrey C & G, that a bag of 15 wickets for 67 runs during the day, bought Gilly Reay to the notice of the Oval authorities, “G M” was unfortunately unable to accept the invitation to appear in the County side, but Wilfred did play for the Gentlemen of England against Oxford University at Lord’s. The Stoics proved easy victims due mainly to the form of Gilly Reay, and on Wednesday the famous Wanderers, with a very strong side, made their first visit to the Beddington ground. Our opponents were all out for 38 runs, thanks to the wonderful bowling of G Reay and G H Ashbery. In reply Beddington were 29 runs for 9 wickets it seemed as if 38 runs was beyond their grasp, but two sixes by R S Nightingale off Bradley, eventually gave Beddington a 20 run lead on the first innings. In the second innings Wanderers managed 63 runs, leaving Beddington to score 44 runs for victory, and this they achieved having been 31 for 6 wickets in their second innings won by 2 wickets. The brothers Reay had a wonderful season each taking 100 wickets. Wilfred did not meet with very much success when he was chosen to play for the Gentlemen of England against Oxford University, Gilly Reay on the other hand, not to be outdone by his younger brother, showed himself equally at home with the bat, when he headed the batting averages for the 1910 season.
In 1911 Wilfred Reay established a Beddington record which still stands today by capturing 131 wickets at the cost of 9.6 runs apiece, while Gilly making irregular appearances, secured 59 wickets at a cost of 9.77 runs apiece, his records in later years speak for themselves. Another esteemed member, prominent about this time was F O P Harrison, who all-round abilities were of inestimable value to the club, until his departure abroad in 1925. The season of 1911 was again a successful one, with some remarkable bowling feats by the brothers Reay and G Ashbery. Against the Old Whitgiftians Wilfred took five wickets for 18 runs, against Mitcham he claimed seven victims for 29 runs and against Ewell he excelled with nine wickets for six, in their total of 27 runs, in this match Gilly Reay hit 127 runs including five sixes. F O P Harrison scored a splendid 102 n.o. against Croydon, while at Sutton; Gilly secured eight wickets for 29 runs. From 1906 to 1911 Mr L Rostron had successfully captained a first class Beddington 1st XI, following the example set by Rev H A Hodgson in the previous twelve years. Broken only by one year when C W Lindsay took on the captaincy.
Mr L Rostron the captain for six years resigned and R V Laroche was elected captain with Gilly Reay as his vice-captain, and this was a very successful combination with wins against Old Whitgiftians, Mitcham, King’s College, Sutton, Norbury Park, Dulwich, Banstead, Streatham and Croydon, fixtures which would last for the next 20 years and some for very much longer, in all 16 matches were won, five lost, and three drawn. Against Addiscombe L Dixon accomplished a bowler’s dream of securing all ten wickets at the cost of 24 runs only, while later, against Croydon he scored 102 runs. In this season, R A Sheppard played his last game with Beddington his departure from the club was a sad blow. Gilly Reay’s appearances were somewhat limited during the season, while Wilfred continued in wonderful form, capturing 92 wickets for 6.98 runs apiece. He was ably assisted by L Dixon with 45 wickets, in addition to an aggregate of 572 runs. F A J Wright first appeared in the side in 1912 and became a very prominent batsman. After one year of captaincy R V Laroche stood down and Gilly Reay was appointed captain for the next season, with H Hayter as vice-captain.
Gilly Reay made his first appearance for Surrey, against Middlesex at Lord’s. Strangely enough he fared better as a batsman than a bowler and one hit, said by P F Warner to be one of the biggest he had ever seen at Lord’s, when it sailed over the stand into the “nursery” for six. It may now be mentioned that Beddington was still turning out three elevens each week, and the playing strength was being maintained at the same high standard. Surrey Club and Ground with the two Abels and Peach scored 239 runs and bowled out Beddington for 144 runs. Blackheath Wanderers were twice out for 32 runs and 48 runs respectively, with Beddington scoring 334 in the first innings, F Wright making 124 runs, in this game G M Reay took 14 wickets for 40 runs and L Dixon 6 for 29. Against Croydon, Beddington scored 182 for 2 wickets, with L Dixon scoring 104 n.o. He took 7 wickets against Heathfield for 166 and just failed to reach another century. In the following match against The Honary Artillery Corp. He made 117 runs in faultless style. L Dixon was a truly great club cricketer.
F S Harrison (Hon Treasurer), F O P Harrison, W A Windsor, L H Dixon, G G Windsor, E Langman (Umpire) E C Page, H Hayter G M Reay, R S Nightingale, A C Kent, W Magg, A J Wright
1914 – 1918 First World War
We now come to that fateful year, with its unforgettable August Bank Holiday, a brilliantly fine day and a fixture against Purley, who at this time turned out a very powerful side. The war clouded over everything, and while Beddington continued cricket until the end of the month under depressing conditions, the remaining fixtures were cancelled. At that time W A Windsor headed the batting averages while Gilly Reay topped the bowling averages with 51 wickets costing 12 runs apiece. Except for a few scratch games, serious cricket at Beddington was not seen again until 1919, when the office of President was again filled by Mr W J Mallinson, who later was honoured with a knighthood.
Gilly Reay had found time to marry, and was living in Demesne Road, Beddington. Gilly’s father went to Wellington College, Taunton, Somerset, 1870. Gilly himself played cricket as a young man in a field at the end of Rosemount which ran along Elgin Road, and Stafford Road now owned by Sainsbury’s, his first serious cricket was played at Partners, Wallington Green Primary School and later at Sterndale in Springfield Road. He attended Radcliffe College 1899-1903, and joined Beddington in 1904.
1919 – 1920
The seasons were to some extent, periods of reconstruction at the Beddington Club. Some of the former playing members had laid down their lives during the war, and a memorial tablet in the pavilion pays tribute to seven members who made the sacrifice:- R Brindley, C H Cressy, R W Gaskins, Christopher Hodgson, C H Herman, W F Reay, B Salter-Whiter, Christopher Hodgson the grandfather of Jarvis Kenrick’s nine daughters at Bletchingly had volunteered to join the war effort and died on the western front at the age of 60 years. Jarvis Kenrick was at Oxford with John Henry Bridges in 1870, and played cricket in the Beddington Park teams of 1876. In 1919 R W “Bully” Bulfield the Historian joined the club and became treasurer in 1940. Gilly Reay had the privilege of reading the copious notes of F O P Harrison a former secretary and captain. It may be of interest to tell the true story of the famous tied match with Battersea, taken from “Cricket Week” in 1919. Beddington were all out for 76 runs. In reply Battersea were 60 for 3 wickets with Trollope in full flow not out. Jack Christie presently took three wickets in four balls making it 69 for 6 wickets Potter-Irwin the skipper scenting the possibility of a win, switched Gilly to bowl at the other end. Although no other wicket fell until 76 runs the move was amply justified as Christie took Trollope’s wicket and Gilly polished off the remaining last three wickets in four balls for no runs for the tied game. Which is as good a note as any to end!
The land sales
John Henry began his land sales (circa 1909) when he sold the Beddington House estate in Bridges Lane, Beddington, including ‘Riverside’ purchased by his father having married for a second time to Dorothy Mary Jacomb. In 1910 he was planning to sell the Beddington Park ground, the date on the photograph taken of the Beautiful Pavilion by his good friend Jarvis Kenrick of Caterham, then playing cricket at Bletchingly CC. These plans seem to have been shelved due to the 1914-1918 war, and in June 1919 one hundred acres of the park were purchased by Alexander Kaye-Muir of Aberdeenshire for £9,000 including the lawn tennis and cricket grounds, with two pavilions, conveyance carried out by Mr George Payne of Waddon acting as his attorney, Alexander Kaye-Muir came down to Beddington from Aberdeenshire to make the final payment.
Many new faces were seen at the club, including members from the Croydon CC which had ceased to exist, including T Rothwell. J Christie, T Hammond, H Tovey, and before the end of the 1920 season the first XI, included C Potter-Irwin (captain), Gilly Reay, F O P Harrison, G Windsor, T P Rothwell, T R Hammond, H Tovey, and R W Bulfield, who had proved themselves to be suitable opposition for most opponents. The cricket week again became a feature of the season, and strong opposition was encountered from Stoics, Wanderers, Surrey Club and Ground, and the MCC, etc. The outstanding day being the Presidents’ Day that always included some well-known players, such as Hobbs, Fender, Stevens, Valentine, Marriott, Taylor (S African captain) and others who come readily to mind. Particularly, Rev F H Gillingham, who’s first recorded appearance at Beddington, was as far back as 1894, when he helped our opponents to score 153 for their first wicket. The second XI won 13 matches and lost only three. during August and September L E Rose, featured many time with the willow, in successive innings he made scores of 67 n.o. 66 n.o., 102 n.o. and 89 n.o. and R W Bulfield (Bully) a newcomer, who batted and fielded very well. The club were thankful to Mr W J Mallinson for accepting the vacant office of President, made available by the departure of J H Bridges who had retired to Eastbourne, having sold his last property (his passion) the Aberdeen Angus cattle breeding farm in Horley. (1920 was the last year of the Greensward eight articles on Beddington Cricket Club) which he hoped would be used for a future book. We have no idea who Greensward was, but we thank him for his contribution.
The 1921 season was memorable by reason of the wonderfully fine weather and the long period of drought, which caused a ban on the watering of sports grounds. This led to some fiery wickets at times, and may have contributed to the fact that only four games were drawn, while eleven were won and eleven lost. Bulfield recalls a plaintive request from an opposing captain that Gilly Reay should not be allowed to bowl so fast. For the second season in succession, Gilly headed both bowling and batting averages, while R S Collins, brother of the one-time captain of Australia, who had joined this season, established himself as an admirable all round cricketer. T R Hammond was however the most consistent batsman on the side and one innings against Spencer calls for special mention. Beddington were faced with the seemingly daunting task of obtaining 213 runs in just under 90 minutes, for victory, they were actually made in 80 minutes, with Hammond contribution being 107 runs in forty five minutes, including one six and 21 fours. He was ably assisted in a big first wicket stand with H Tovey. A loss to the club this season was H Hayter, who had joined Sutton. The first ever tour of the club took place in 1921; a most enjoyable week was spent in South Devon, with pleasant recollections. This same season was also noted for an event of a slightly different nature as the question of obtaining a license for the club, first discussed as far back as 1906, was finally brought to a head and members now found it possible to obtain refreshments in the pavilion, even though the sparrows were still in the rafters. In 1921 there was even space in the local newspaper for the 3rd XI when they played Russell Athletic at Cheam. The scores for the match were as follows, Beddington 177 runs, Russell Athletic 151runs. For our opponents J Coucher scored 71 n.o. while Jack Latham, known to us all as “lightning” bowled very well, taking 5 wickets, on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
In 1922, a new captain had to be found to replace Mr C Potter-Irwin, who had decided to retire from cricket; he was replaced by a fine cricketer F O P Harrison who had given many excellent years of service to the club, not only as a player, but also in the capacity of honorary secretary. A successful season ended with 12 wins, 10 drawn games, and nine defeats, which again included several during the tour of South Devon, repeated again this year. This season R W Bulfield headed both the bowling and the batting averages while F O P Harrison followed very closely in the batting results. Don Adams joined this year and gave the club valuable service both on and off the field, his work was eventually rewarded by his appointment as a life member of the club.
Beddington who are under the leadership of the successful all-rounder F O P Harrison have increased their playing strength by the inclusion of H L Hancock a fine left hand opening bat, and Capt. M C Nicholson who has had a lot of experience of Indian Army Cricket, and as G M Reay is available, they ought to have a successful Season. In the opening game against Purley, Beddington declared at 139 for five, but the visitors managed to save the game at 85 for nine, Gilly Reay taking 6 wickets for 42 runs. It was in this year that Gilly Reay finally retired from first class cricket. The fine work that he put in against such counties as Yorkshire, Lancashire, Middlesex, and Essex to mention only a few, along with Hitch and Fender, Gilly had been the mainstay of the Surrey bowling, and his services would be greatly missed. In addition to the county games Gilly had the distinction of playing for Gentle-men of England against the Australians and also for the MCC against the Australians. At the end of the season, H D Hayter left the Beddington Club and joined Sutton CC.
In 1923, 50 years after Beddington Cricket Ground had been completed, Thomas Bentham wrote a short history of the club. He wrote: “This cricket ground, laid by Southerton and provided with a beautiful pavilion, afterwards became an archery and lawn tennis ground, Mr Bridges generously allowing the club to have it rent free. Here many famous archery meetings took place from time to time and archers from all parts of the country resorted to it. To provide for village cricket, Canon Bridges had made a cricket ground adjacent to it, which has since become the Beddington cricket ground, and much excellent cricket has been played upon it. Its cricket week has been quite an event in recent years. Among other members who had played frequently were: T S Dury (an Oxford Blue), W A Winton (now church-warden), E Janson F Lingard the brothers Lindsay Rostron Goddard Henderson Jacomb Harrison Coles and the brothers Reay (one of whom still plays). All of these did useful work from time to time at the Beddington Ground. It may be mentioned that Mr John Henry Bridges, to the sorrow of the Beddington people, had now entirely severed all his connections with the parish by this time. The last Bridges property that John Henry disposed of before retirement was the cattle breeding farm at Horley, but still retained the Federates Estate in Aberdeenshire.”
Gilly Reay had returned to club cricket at Beddington under the captaincy of F O P Harrison who finished the season with14 wins, six defeats with eight drawn games and during the “week” the club had the satisfaction of winning the matches against Surrey Club and Ground and the President’s strong eleven. Gilly once again had a great season, taking exactly 100 wickets at the cost of 9.86 runs per wicket, and was well supported by Harrison, Bulfield, and Collins. Bulfield secured 8 wickets for 41 runs against Mitcham, and 7 wickets for 11 runs against Streatham. N Hancock, who had followed his brother H L Hancock, into the club, headed the batting averages of 25.6 runs scoring a total of 640 runs. The latter has rejoined the club this season after a long absence, and again proved his ability as a utility player, who could keep wicket, and bowl well when called upon to do so. The Second XI under the captaincy of H Rapley defeated Spencer at Wandsworth by 42 runs, Ron Johnson then a young man taking 3 for 20. Harry Rapley skippered the second’s for ten years from 1919 and in 1928 was given the opportunity to skipper the Beddington 1st XI, in July W J Mallinson invited the Beddington 2nd XI to play at his new ground at the grange, Hackbridge, the game won by Beddington by 25 runs with J A Taylor scoring 93 runs for Beddington. In July 1924, the 1st and 2nd XIs were beaten by Mitcham and the 1st Xl lost to Wanderers, all down to poor catching, from the bowling of Gilly Reay. Against Surrey Club and Ground Beddington won very easily by 130 runs. The outstanding feature of the match was the all-round performances of E Collins and Gilly Reay who besides batting splendidly for 60 to 54 runs respectively, both bowled finely. Collins taking 5 wickets for 28 and Reay taking 5 for 38, Reay hit three sixes in his innings, two of them being tremendous hits. Beddington totalled 221 runs, Surrey CG 91 runs. Roll of Merit for August went to H L Hancock 71 runs Beddington v Alleyn Old boys.
The club was now in possession of two grounds, and four elevens were turning out each week, a little crowded in the lesser thatched Pavilion. Results were on the same lines of 1924, but unfortunately Hammond the keeper had fallen victim to golf fever, made irregular appearances. Ian Mason then succeeded to that position and maintained a very high standard. Mason was a very jovial man and his substantial figure always caught the eye when he was behind the stumps, and his habit of having a piece of steak inside his inner gloves often caused a certain amount of distress in the dressing room after hot day in the field, however the dogs enjoyed it. The second XI under the ever popular captaincy of Harry Rapley, with T P Rothwell as vice-captain fully maintained the prestige of the club. Their stock bowler was B Johnson, an old pre-war member who kept up his medium pace deliveries all through the innings. He rarely failed to secure a bag of wickets and a bowler of his class was of great value to the second XI He did appear once or twice in the Beddington 1st XI. Space must be made here for a reference to the groundsman because advancing years now compelled Mr Langman to relinquish that important post, which he combined with umpiring for the first XI’s home matches. He was in fact the first paid groundsman, appointed in 1890, holding the position for 34 years, a meritorious record, quite rightly recognised in suitable form by the club. After one or two successors, Mr Peter Coates was appointed in 1931, and the fact that at this date (1949) he is still the groundsman, is proof of the complete confidence held by the club in his services, now of a more arduous nature than the previous times.
The club started using the back pitch and four sides were turning out each week. A great loss to the Beddington Club was that of F O P Harrison who went abroad, he had captained the 1st XI from 1922 to 1924, and since his association with the club in 1908 he was one of the most prominent players, and probably played in more games than any other member, an excellent cricketer that the club could not afford to lose while still in his prime. June 13th 1925 Mitcham’s popular player F Boxall, made 63 runs against the bowling of R S Collins, Gilly Reay, and F O P Harrison of Beddington. Mitcham’s final total of 219 runs was due to the efficiency of Boxall and Hussey. Beddington who by the way are old rivals, were put out for 132 runs. It was a splendid victory for Mitcham, and their third consecutive win of the season. This year saw the retirement of Rev Hugh Hodgson as Rector of St. Mary’s, Beddington. He had captained the Beddington side from1894 to 1904. He still maintained his interest in the club until well into his seventies, when he arrived at the club on his motor bike as a spectator. This year heralded the end of the Bridges family connection with the cricket club when John Henry Bridges died at the age of 73 years, 12th Feb.1925 at Eastbourne, Sussex.
Gilly Reay who had taken over the captaincy in 1925 was again elected as captain. The club had lost their long serving Honorary Secretary and life member F O P Harrison. The few cricket records available for this season were against Mitcham who won by two runs, in a low scoring match, whereas the return match by Beddington was won by a similar margin of two runs (scores being 140 and 142). Another noteworthy result was in a match against Spencer, whose last wicket partnership realised just 100 runs. Beddington lost this match by 101 runs. The second XI score book shows a total of nine wins, eleven defeats, and only two games drawn, with D Adams and R Johnson topping the bowling and the batting averages. Only one century being made in the year by T P Rothwell exactly one hundred against Ashstead, out of a total of 159. It was in this year that R E Johnson joined the club, as a youngster, his best innings being 83 runs, playing for the 2nd XI against Purley 2nd XI, he being another member who gave a long and splendid service to the club. The main event of 1926 must surely be the memorable Gymkhana, which had been an annual event from 1890, apart from the war years. The Gymkhana held on Whit Monday, coincided with the General Strike and the complete stoppage of all transport, coupled with brilliant weather, helped to attract a huge crowd which simply packed the Beddington ground.
On the 14th October 1926 Mr H W Seale a builder from Mitcham, purchased Beddington Park from Alexander Kay-Muir for the sum of £14,900, after holding the land for two months Mr Seale sold it on to the Beddington and Wallington Urban District Council for £21,000. (Alexander Kay-Muir, born in Lanark was a Co-Director of the Finlay’s Group of Company’s Glasgow, of which Payne’s Poppets, Waddon, were a parent company.) Mr Searle must have been delighted at his financial coup.
In 1927 Beddington Park, now owned by the council, was opened to the public for the first time. On the Beddington Cricket Ground, Gilly Reay was elected captain once again. This season the weather played a big part in the results being very changeable. The first XI draw the first game of the season against Westminster Bank, with Beddington scoring 170 runs in total and Westminster replying with 136 runs for 8 wickets. At Kenley the Beddington 2nd XI were too good for Kenley with R Johnson scoring 53runs, H B Worthington 32 runs, and P Rothwell 33runs in their total of 162 runs, in reply Kenley scored 69runs, with R Johnson taking 5 wickets for 10 runs. The following week Bank of England 2nd XI beat Beddington with plenty of runs in the bank. Bank of England 131 for 2, Beddington 112 all-out. One of the most interesting cricket matches of the season took place in glorious weather when twelve player selected by Major Mallinson. President of the Beddington Club, where brought down and defeated the Beddington Club by 66 runs, due to the splendid bowling of C S Marriott (Kent) with 8 for 19, and A P Day (Kent) 3 for 17 runs. The match was watched by about a hundred people including the host Major Mallinson, the Rector of Beddington Rev O’Shea, and Robert Henderson, the old Surrey professional. The fielding on both sides was first rate; Beddington had half a dozen duck’s eggs in their innings of 41 runs. Dulwich had the better of a drawn game at Beddington, and the MCC beat Beddington in Cricket week. The 2nd Xl fared better this year with a win at Beddington against Mitcham, H A Holmes taking seven Mitcham wickets for twenty runs. Beddington 1st XI had their revenge at the Bank of England ground, scoring 145 for 8 (E Winter 60). In reply Bank of England scored 133 (Bulfield 4 for 19).
Cricketers’ Gloom. Rain “washes out” many matches. Is the summer of 1928 going to be as dismal a failure as its predecessor? The first week in May nearly all local matches were “washed out” or had to be abandoned. In the summer season at Beddington Park Lawn Tennis Club, President W J Mallinson commenced the year with lessons from professional Coach (Surrey L T A) H P Gaskell. A century was scored for Beddington CC by G T Harrison in Beddington’s win against the Old Whitgiftians, with Ron Johnson 3 wickets for 36 runs and D Adams 3 wickets for 31 runs again sharing the spoils. The return game at Beddington was won by Beddington 187 runs (G M Reay 76). Old Whitgiftians 92 runs (G M Reay 5 for 37). The Cricket Week was also a victim of the inclement weather. Harry Rapley who had skippered the 2nd XI from 1919 – 1928 was chosen to lead the 1st XI this season. In the first week of June, three Beddington sides turned out against Streatham. The Beddington 1st XI had the better part of a drawn game at Frant Road, Thornton Heath, while the 2nd XI had a very good win on home soil. The Streatham 3rd Xl playing Beddington 3rd XI could only raise 89 runs, while Beddington after losing three wickets for no runs, eventually made a winning score of 106 runs with (Fuller 63 n.o.).
Harry Rapley stood once again as captain of the 1st XI. He carried on his duties in the same efficient and happy manner and the season finished with 13 wins, 12 defeats and 5 drawn games. Batting honours were fairly evenly divided with R E Johnson leading, followed by L W Gaite, P F Winter, D Birkett, Gilly Reay and F A Wright, the bowling was mainly handled by G Reay and Don Adams. A match that calls for special comment was at Beckenham against Cyphers, when Beddington declared at 249 for seven wickets. The score book shows that Cyphers were given the same time as was taken by Beddington, to get the runs, and they made a spirited reply. When the last over came to be bowled, they had scored 248 runs, also for seven wickets, only two runs required for victory. Gilly Reay bowled that over, and I recollect him saying in passing that he was going to do his best to stop those runs. They were not the exact words that he used, but conveyed his intentions. he bowled so accurately that only from the last over of the day, was a single scored, thus bringing the scores level. There were shouts from the spectators to “go on”, but this was dismissed. At this stage of our history there were no league points, medals, or other rewards, and the game is the thing, therefore, a draw was a more fitting result than a gift victory to one side or the other.
1930 saw the retirement from cricket of Harry Rapley, after such a long and happy career at Beddington, the choice of captain fell on P L G Winter, with T P Rothwell continuing in charge of the second XI. The club by now had acquired a long lease of the grounds, the preliminary arrangements which had been under discussion for a year or two regarding the erection of a suitable pavilion, were pressed forward, and every possible device was employed to raise the necessary funds, it is obvious that very special efforts on the part of the members would be called for. Meanwhile cricket proceeded as usual, and the season finished with a total of 11 wins, 9 defeats, and 7 drawn games. Adams, Reay, and Bulfield shared the bowling, while Gilly Reay with six innings of over 50, and R E Johnson four innings over 50 and a final 99 runs, contributed to most of the batting. Stanley Johnson played a fine innings of 115 n.o. against Mitcham, a total of 174 for eight wickets. In a match against Battersea, who were all out for 39 runs, Gilly Reay captured eight wickets for 14 runs, and then hit up 68 runs in the Beddington innings of 152 runs. This year Robert Henderson died at his home in Wallington, age 65 years. He was buried in the family grave at Beddington St Mary’s.
The year 1931 may be described as a milestone in the History of the Beddington Club, and during the course of the summer the final work on the new pavilion was completed. On the 12th September 1931, Ian Mason, who was then the 1st XI captain, handed a specially made key to Mrs Mallinson, the wife of the president, who formally opened the building. The day was not one of the best, from a cricket point of view, but members were very pleased to be possession of their new home. Great credit is due to all who gave their assistance in one way or another, and especially to those intimately concerned in the undertaking, J S Taylor, P L Winter, H B Worthington and H G Manly. Also to be mentioned, in addition to donations from individual members, the generous sums of money received from Carshalton Football Club and the Wallington Hockey Club. As a matter of interest and to place it on record, the total cost of the Pavilion, including the construction of the roadway and provision of water and gas supplies, was in the region of £1,600, and this all paid by donations, as well as the Beddington Club funds. It was unfortunate that the erection of this new pavilion necessitated the demolition of that famous Lesser Thatched Pavilion, which had been our home for 57 years, and for sentimental reasons, old members and opponents who had been visitors for many years, regretted its passing. The sparrows on the oak beams during lunch were also displeased with the situation, especially on whole day matches. However, the old tea shed at the Hackbridge entrance to the ground could now be abandoned and cricket, as well as the social side could be carried on under much more favourable conditions. Ian Mason was now in charge of the first eleven, and T P Rothwell was firmly installed as 2nd XI captain after three years. (Bullfield’s history places the building of the Lesser Thatched Pavilion as 1874.)
The 1931 season was generally wet, causing low scores, and some remarkable bowling feats, and two performances are worth mentioning. Beddington v Purley, Adam’s analysis read: 12overs, nine maidens, six runs and seven wickets. In a match against Eltham who were bowled out for 29runs, Gilly Reay secured six wickets for seven runs, with three more batsmen being run out. In the first innings Beddington had scored 272 with Birkett scoring 139 runs, this was the last fixture with Eltham. The most noticeable feature of the season was the number of close finishes. Beddington beat Old Whitgiftians by two runs, and lost the next match with Spencer also by two runs. Streatham later beat Beddington by one run, and the following week, Forest Hill were also defeated by one run. In this year Beddington Club were honoured by the election of the former skipper, C Potter-Irwin to the position of president of the Club Cricket Conference. Potter-Irwin had a strong personality which undoubtedly made him an ideal captain. He was better known in the world of sport as one of the leading English rugby referees taking charge of many important fixtures. Two other very welcome new members about this time were the brothers H T and S Seal, who remained with the club until 1940, when they both moved to distant parts of the country. H T Seal was an especially fine all-rounder while his brother kept wicket for the second XI, ‘The Baron’, J K Gass – a typical Victorian gentleman – came into the club and contributed much towards the cricket and executive work, while his wife Vera fed the teams with sandwiches, cakes and tea for many years.
In 1932 Beddington again under the captaincy of Ian Mason, the season was more successful. Adams, Reay, Johnson, and Bulfield shared the bowling equally, while Birkett, Johnson, Hedley, and Winter were the mainstay in batting. In the MCC game during the “week” Bulfield scored 106 runs out of a total of 176 runs for Beddington but a heavy defeat resulted as the MCC had run up a total of 274 runs. In the Beddington side D Birkett who had joined the club in 1929 was always a reliable forcing bat as well as a useful change bowler while his fielding was superb. At the close of the season Ian Mason retired from cricket, after a long and distinguished career since 1913, as first XI wicketkeeper since about 1921. The game against Cyphers this season ended with honours even.
On Christmas Eve 1932 Colin Cowdrey (Kent and England) was born in India. The Cowdreys were a sporting family who lived in a house at Sanderstead. They had a field at the end of the garden, where the family would challenge all comers to a game of cricket, it was from this field that his father graduated to the Beddington Cricket Club, then the Surrey 2nd XI, and then minor county cricket with Berkshire. When he did not make the grade as a professional he stomped off to India and buried himself in a tea plantation, although the Cricket Archive records him as playing First Class games in India. He only returned to Beddington to marry the girl he had met there years earlier who was working at the Beddington Club and returned to India where Michael Colin Cowdrey was born on Christmas Eve 1932.
J W Burbridge (Umpire), D H Plummer, R E Johnson, H T Seal, R W Bulfield, H B Worthington (Hon Sec) J K Gass, I N Mason, P L G Winter (Capt), G M Reay, R R Firminger D Birket, F A Wright, W Kippen
The new captain in 1933 was P L G Winter and it was clear that S H Cooper, who had been keeping wicket for the second XI, should succeed Mason behind the stumps for the 1st XI. Maintaining the high standard first set by George Windsor, and followed by Mason, was no light task, but Cooper soon showed himself fully equal to it. As time went on, his work put him far above the ordinary club standard, and it was a pleasure to the club, when his abilities were recognised by the Oval authorities. In his appearances in the County side, he kept the same degree of skill and ease. As a batsman he improved year on year and still had many good years before him. R E Johnson, who joined in 1926, was in great form, giving great assistance with his bowling and batting. The season’s results were satisfactory, with 11 victories, five defeats, but no fewer than 14 games were drawn, or “rained off “.
The following season of 1934, with P L G Winter as captain, was not so successful, and of the games not stopped by rain, eight were won, seven were drawn, but 11 were lost. Cooper, Hancock, Winter, Gass, Birkett and Seal were the most consistent batsmen, while G Reay took most of the wickets, 62 in all, followed by Adams with 57 wickets. B Rolfe also bowled well with 51 wickets. The outstanding feature of the season was the first wicket partnership against the Stoics, during the “week”, when 214 runs were scored, with P Winter claiming 106 runs and Clive Kippen 105 runs, and at this time was taken to be a club record. The innings was declared at 249 for two wickets, but the Stoics Club very nearly gained a victory making a splendid response of 235 runs. In a match against Kenley, there were more high scores, Beddington scoring 306 runs for 4 wickets, Hancock 86, Birkett 84, and Winter 78. Kenley were dismissed for 231 runs. The following weekend Streatham CC totalled 186 runs, Beddington equalled that score with the last ball of the day, with the last pair of batsmen at the wicket, honours even. A curious feature of this season was that despite the many high scores for and against not one century was made by a Beddington batsman, or by any of our opponents, the exception being the first wicket partnership of P Winter (106) and C Kippen (105) against Stoics.
Once again Gilly Reay assumed the position as captain of the 1st XI, while K A Oswald succeeded T P Rothwell as captain of the second team. Oswald a good opening batsman made an excellent captain of the second team and introduced into the team just the right amount of discipline, very necessary for the successful running of a club. The results this season were highly satisfactory, with 12 victories, six defeats and eleven drawn games. A fine summer led to good wickets, and prolific scoring. Strangely enough in this season’s game with Stoics, once again a big first wicket partnership of 203 runs was made by P Winter (106) and J Creasy (88) and the innings was closed at 237 for one wicket. On this occasion however, Stoics replied with only 53 runs. The murmurs by certain members about “rabbits” was not strictly true, unfortunately a regular occurrence in any club situation, the critics always know better. Congratulations to P Winter on his personnel performances, not only in respect of these two innings, but the many other big scores he had made in his long association with the club. Another match worthy of mention was against Catford, when Beddington scored 301 of which S Cooper claimed 121 runs and R E Johnson 50 runs. Catford finished with 163 for seven wickets, after eight of the Beddington players had taken a turn with the ball. Against the MCC during the cricket “week”, Beddington had disposed of eight of the opponents for 121 runs at lunchtime, and went to the pavilion feeling quite happy. After lunch however, some remarkable batting was witnessed when at the beginning of these two now famous cricketers careers, Bill Edrich (64) and Dennis Compton (53) flogged the Beddington bowling to all parts of the field and also out of it. Beddington could only reply with a tame draw at 108 for 8 wickets, the MCC final score being 230 all out. The second XI had meanwhile under the captaincy of K A Oswald carried on in the same efficient manner. It is quite certain through club records of this period, that during the years 1930-1940, the second XI was as strong as at any time during the existence of the club. This also applied to the 1950s and 1960s.
The 1936 season with Gilly Reay as captain for his third term of office was another success, with 18 wins, five defeats and five drawn games, also three abandoned games through rain. This is also the year that Albert Saw of Beddington died aged 72 years. Born in 1864 he lost an arm in an accident aged 11 years, was a sidesman at St Mary’s during Canon Bridges’ incumbency, played cricket in his youth for the Beddington Lane team, and umpired at Beddington CC for 50years. This being the year of another “Robbie” at Beddington in the shape of Jack Roberts the next long term umpire, and Sydney Cooper would be turning in his grave if we didn’t tell you that he scored 105 n.o. against Croydon and later 98 against Cyphers. The bowling honours went again to Reay and Adams, with 60 wickets apiece. Against the President’s XI during the “week”, Beddington declared at 280 for 7 wickets but our opponents did even better with 290 for only 4 wickets, and won easily. Percy Fender (65), D J Knight, (58) and G Sneerson (63) were the main scorers for the opponents. This season saw the introduction to the club of two fine cricketers in Leslie Trent and Ernest Collins, and a few games in the second XI were sufficient to show their worth to the club, but alas, Leslie Trent was one of the gallant band of heroes who did not return after the Second World War. Later in the season some amends were made for the earlier presidential defeat, by an excellent victory over a strong MCC side. Beddington had declared at 259 for 7 wickets. (H T Seal 63), the MCC were dismissed for 214, with H T Seal taking 5 wickets for 74 runs, sealing the fate of the MCC. This was the year that Sydney Cooper played two matches for Surrey CCC, he took two catches and made three stumpings during his short stay, standing up at the wicket, to the dislike of Alf Gover.
By 1937 Gilly Reay had decided to relinquish the captaincy of the 1st XI and H T Seal was elected as his successor. A somewhat wet summer had the effect of keeping the scoring down, and with two matches abandoned through rain, 13 were won, nine lost, and five drawn. Leslie Trent headed the batting averages with an aggregate of 776 runs, gave him an average of 31. Leslie Trent hit the only Beddington century recorded during the season 103 n.o. against the Ibis Club and again Gilly Reay had the best bowling returns. The President’s XI produced a high scoring match with Beddington declaring at 243 for nine (Leslie Trent 81, R. Johnson 56), but our opponents scored 253 for eight, thanks to a fine innings of 80 runs by Jack Hobbs. During this season S H Cooper stumped 19 batsmen and took 19 catches behind the wicket. This year a tour of Sussex was held, with five wins and one defeat were recorded and Ernest Collins enjoyed himself with innings of 102, 54, 89, and 84 runs, while Hedley had an innings of 110 n.o. happy days.
The 1938 season saw 17 wins, 10 defeats and 7 drawn games. The first Sunday cricket match was played. H T Seal was again in charge and R E Johnson was in great form with the bat, and headed the averages with 116 against the President’s XI, 104 against Mitcham and other innings of 89, 78, 74, and 70. E. Collins also had a good season including scores of 101 n.o. and 124. E. Cowdrey, Colin Cowdrey’s father was also consistent with the bat. Gilly Reay was once more on top of the bowling averages with 72 wickets at the cost of 16 runs apiece. The President’s Day produced the customary close finish, after dismissing our opponents for 234 runs; the winning hit was made right on time. R E Johnson played a grand innings of 116 runs, including 5 sixes and 11 fours. He then followed with 104 against Mitcham; the matches against Mitcham over a period of many years invariably produced a keen game, with neither side being able to claim superiority, in the early days when fixtures were first arranged a note in the club records stated that “Beddington are now even strong enough to play against Mitcham. Sunday cricket which had been on the agenda for a number of years was eventually agreed upon for 1938, but it was decided to restrict it to half day games on Sunday.
1939 – 1945
The 1939 season, with H B Worthington now captain of the 1st XI, was carried on under the threat of war clouds which had been developing since the end of the previous season. The absence of score books prevents any detailed accounts of matches, but a programme of fixtures was carried out until the end of August. It was decided to continue playing during 1940, if circumstances permitted, but with so many members now in the forces the playing strength was very much depleted, and consisted of largely older members. Two valuable additions to the club however, came in the form of W A Cotton and H Pashley, both being splendid all-round cricketers. Little needs to be said of cricket during that year as it went on under difficult conditions, when air aid sirens became a frequent companion to the cricket. At the end of August conditions had become so violent that cricket was brought to an abrupt end, which continued until the end of the war. The future of cricket remained to be seen.
We find George Dolby, a prominent player and committee member of the Beddington Club, playing for Wallington Home Guard against the Rescue Services. A Dawes bowled well for the Home Guard, taking 7 wickets for 13 runs. A splendid innings by G Dolby who was only 17 years of age, the feature of this return game in Beddington Park on Sunday. The Rescue Service batting first were all out for 4I runs. Dolby was stumped on 54, with A Dawes out to a good catch in the deep for 13 runs; saw off the runs for victory. A Dawes was a History master at Wallington Grammar School. Ron Dolby, the brother of George, also played in the Home Guard side and later became head boy and then geography master at the school. The Home Guard matches – where opponents also included works teams from the Hackbridge Cable and Mullard’s factories in Hackbridge – are the only records found at Beddington Park during the wartime period. The 60th Surrey Battalion Home Guard had their headquarters at Canon Bridges’ beautiful pavilion in Beddington Park from 1940 to 1945.
The decision to start up again in 1946, after five seasons of inactivity was reached by a few members who had been looking after the club’s interests since closure in 1940. They were however, rather in the dark as to the playing strength available, as many members were still scattered in all parts. The response was pleasing, as old members returned, and new members came along. In addition there was a big influx of honorary members, who wished to show their appreciation of the decision to restart. The Pavilion had been requisitioned in the early days of the war by the Defence Service, but had escaped any war damage. The club however suffered serious loss of equipment, as the sight screens apparently went to keep someone’s home fires burning, while all the deck chairs and the tea tables were “borrowed”. Still things could have been worse if the Germans had got them; it was a happy reunion for every member. Sir Paul Mallinson, the son of our former President whose death during the war years had been a great blow to the club, was unanimously asked to fill the vacant office, which he accepted with great pleasure. Sir Paul, apart from taking his place in the President’s side against Beddington brings down strong teams during the cricket week, thus perpetuating the memory of Sir William Mallinson who had for many years been our President and a strong supporter of the club. An appreciation must be recorded here of the sympathetic co-operation of the Beddington and Wallington Corporation in the arrangement for continuation of cricket in the Park. In former days the cricket was carried out under almost private ground conditions, with very few spectators, it is very gratifying to the club the interest now taken by the residents in watching good class cricket and supporting their local club. The freedom of the public to enter the ground placed the club in a healthy position, which they hoped to maintain in the future. Players who re-joined the club in 1946 included Jack Gass, Sydney Cooper, A J Hill, R Johnson, Fred Prescott, David Gale, G Morris, E Collins, W Cotton, A V A Cummins, 3rd XI captain, and L A Gillman 4th XI captain. In 1946 a young Beddington Colt Ron Dolby age 15 years played in a match against Whitgift colts with Raman Subba Row the future Surrey and England player in their side. A notable addition to the playing strength in 1946 was D K Gale who batted with a stamp of class, and it was evident that Beddington had found a valuable member, who was likely to occupy a prominent part in the club history for many years to come. David Gale had already put up some good bowling performances. Another acquisition to the bowling strength was F M Prescott of the Tank Corps, whose medium fast left arm deliveries had brought him a crop of wickets. The club were also pleased to welcome members and players from the war-time Wallington Wardens Club, which had been discontinued. Mr S H Cooper was elected captain for 1946, and the side, Jack Gass, Ron Johnson, George Morris, Ernest Collins, W Cotton, David Gale, and Prescott, could usually hold their own with most of their opponents. The weather that season was very bad, in fact only one really fine day was experienced and that was on August Bank holiday. Fixtures were arranged for three games on Saturday and one on Sunday. One or two of the now older members, such as Gilly Reay and “Bully” Bulfield, had to admit to the march of time, but when the latter turned out on one occasion to complete the XI at the last moment, it stirred Gilly into action again and he made two appearances. It was however the end and so closed the playing career of one of the finest gentlemen a club could wish to have as a member and a friend. A club honours list at this stage would not have been possible as the list would have been endless. Let the club just remember the sacrifices made to achieve this position.
The 1947 season, in direct contrast to 1946, was a very fine weather season and of the thirty matches arranged thirteen were won, six were lost and ten drawn. Sydney Cooper, feeling that he could not concentrate on the important job of keeping wicket while acting as captain, asked to be relieved of the latter post, J K Gass was unanimously elected to the position, while A J Hills was again in charge of the second XI. Ernie Collins, who did not start playing until June headed the batting averages with 471 runs in 16 innings giving him an average of just under 32 runs being once n.o.. He was followed by W A Cotton with 428 runs in 17 innings, being three times not out; the highest aggregate was furnished by Sydney Cooper, who scored 613 runs in 25 innings closely followed by Bob White with an aggregate of 582 runs. Ernie Collins was the only member to score a century, in fact he hit up two. The bowling consisted of Bob White, Ron Johnson, Fred Prescott, and Dave Gale. R B White in his first season with the club proved a great acquisition. Turning to the 2nd XI a most successful season was enjoyed with 14 wins, five defeats and four drawn games. Hampson and Loader both scored centuries. Peter loader was described in the press as lean and hungry, and as fast as a whippet, he was only eighteen years of age at this time.
For the 1948 season, with J K Gass having decided to take things easy, R E Johnson was elected captain, this honour being well deserved after his long period of service to the club. Supported by W A Cotton as vice-captain, a strong 1st XI could be fielded, and a most successful season resulted, despite the weather. Of the 31 matches arranged, 17 were drawn (including three stopped by rain) four only lost, and one abandoned without any play at all. Beddington’s highest score during the season was 301 in the opening game against Kenley. Sydney Cooper, making a grand start to the season with 110 runs and W A Cotton 68 runs. Kenley could only muster 56 runs with F M Prescott taking 6 wickets for 26 runs and Cotton 4 wickets for seven runs. A surprise defeat by Purley who were dismissed for 110 runs, the Beddington batsmen failed completely, and was all out for 75 runs. Banstead were soundly beaten on Whit Monday only scoring 116 runs in reply to Beddington’s declaration of 232 for 8 wickets. Perhaps the feature of the day was the huge crowd of people attracted to the ground; over 1,000 people enjoying a gloriously fine weather day in the park. Another easy victory was gained in the next game against Wallington who were dismissed for 106 runs, David Gale having a remarkable bowling success, as after having ten runs scored of his first four overs, he finished off the innings by taking five wickets in the next two overs at the cost of four runs. His final analysis, six overs, two maidens and five wickets for 14 runs. Not content with this, he then hit up 81 runs out of the Beddington’s reply of 240 for seven wickets. In the “Week” Beddington lost to Surrey C & G. A strong eleven, brought by H G Garland-Wells, were out for 170 runs, and Beddington ran up a score of 230 for seven wickets, a splendid innings of 106 runs made by R B White being the outstanding performance of the day. The third match against Stoics gave Beddington another easy victory. Beddington 256 for 7 wickets declared, Stoics were dismissed for 153 runs. The President’s XI was unfortunately abandoned due to rain. The season wound up with the customary keen game against Cyphers who scored 183 runs, which Beddington hit off for the loss of only four wickets at the close. This was chiefly due to S H Cooper stealing the limelight once again with a hard hitting 87 not out. Ron Hilder an experienced cricketer was welcomed into the club this season following a brilliant innings of 102 runs. The strength this year had been in the batting, top of the averages recorded W A Cotton 39.56, S H Cooper, 33.77, P Loader, 28.87, D K Gale 27.56, M Murray 26.66, R Hilder 20.72, R B White 20.60, R E Johnson 20,30. David Gale once again topping the bowling averages with 15.85., in addition the young P. Loader took 16 wickets at the cost of 16.56 runs. R Hilder was certainly an acquisition to the first XI in addition to his batting, he was found useful on more than one occasion in breaking up dangerous partnerships. P Loader coming into the first XI mid-way through the season, justified himself with forceful hitting, and would play a prominent part in the club’s history. Mike Murray another young member of the side would give good service to the club in future years. The second XI had an equally good season with 12 wins, three defeats and five drawn games. A Anderson average of 46.3 runs and P Loader 41.2 runs per innings. The long term captain A J Hills, a physics master at Wallington Grammar school, set a good example with an average of 27.6 runs. H Scullard umpired the 2nd XI matches. The third XI under the captaincy of A V A Cummins similarly enjoyed a most successful season, 14 wins, five defeats, and four drawn games. R Lambert, J Holman, H Wombill fared well with the bat. John Lyall was again called upon to bear the brunt of the bowling, and thoroughly enjoyed his cricket. Ray Talks, J Holman, R Graham all furnished good results, and special mention should be made to wicketkeeper L Giles, who secured 10 catches, and also kept down the score of the opposition by stopping deliveries which did not always follow the intended course. The fourth XI also enjoyed a successful season captained by L E Gillman who was to be congratulated on the interest he displayed in the running of the fourth XI, watching over the younger members of the club who found their way into higher elevens in the course of time. A new young member this season was G. Burnand, who played many times for several lower elevens, members suggested that he was probably the fastest bowlers in the club at that time, and with suitable coaching he should become a valuable member of the club. Harold Scullard, who later umpired the first XI, topped the fourth XI batting averages this year. From 1948 – 1954 the Ist XI was captained by Ron Johnson broken only by Ron Hilder in 1953. The 2nd XI during this time had been captained by A J Hills from 1946-1951, followed by the long serving Alan De Rosa 1952-1962. Now that the 1948 season has closed, opportunity is taken here to mention that our old friends Carshalton Football Club are again playing on the back ground during the winter months. The club are members of the Southern Amateur League, and turn out five elevens each week. At least four members of the cricket club are prominent players in the club first XI (W Cotton A Hill G Burnand and G Dolby), while other cricketers assist their lower elevens. The fixture mentioned in 1904 between the two clubs is now an annual event on Boxing Day, and is reciprocated in the form of a cricket match during the summer. On the front ground Wallington Hockey Club uses the two pitches, and is gradually restoring their pre-war strength. Thus the two grounds are fully occupied during the whole of the year, with Wallington Manor making use of one pitch for mid-week games in the summer months, the ground being maintained by the ever faithful service of Peter Coates. In conclusion, it is only right to make mention of services rendered by our old friend, W H Kippen, who has for so long voluntarily undertaken the post of first XI scorer and has rarely missed a match since he started in 1930. Beddington were also fortunate in having the services of Jack” Robbie” Roberts as Ist XI umpire his work carried out in a very efficient manner, not always to the liking of some members. We would like at this time in our history to thank “Bully” Bulfield for his time and energy spent in producing this knowledgeable history of the Beddington Cricket Club in 1949, without which we would not have been able to continue this history. “Bully” Bulfield was playing in the Beddington 1st XI in 1920 with Gilly Reay. He also hoped that somebody would continue with the history in future. In these notes of cricket since the war no reference has been made to Sunday cricket. Some of the members who play regularly on Saturday do not play on Sunday, but some play in most of the Sunday games which is very necessary in order to maintain the strength required, to provide entertaining cricket. There was always a large attendance of spectators to watch good cricket on fine summer days on our beautiful ground, hard work for our volunteer tea ladies.
In 1949 Ron Johnson was still in charge of the first team, new blood was required and it came in the shape of Mike Murray and David Gale. At the start of the season at the Oval, David Gale had scored 58 runs for Surrey 2nd XI against Gloucester 2nd XI and had accepted a further invitation to play at Sittingbourne against Kent 2nd XI in a two day match there next week. Mike Murray on the other hand was doing his two years national service; he played for the R A F in 1950 and opened the batting for the Combined Services during this time.
In May 1949 Beddington CC just failed in a race against time to defeat Spencer. E J Caeser the Spencer opening batsman played magnificently for 154 runs and was still at the crease when a somewhat late declaration was made. The Beddington openers of Murray 51 runs, and Collins 62 runs gave Beddington the start they needed, but it was the fine performance by the whole team, bringing them within one run of victory. Spencer 254 for 6 declared with Beddington in far less time 253 for 7 wickets. A footnote from this week: Five teams from Cheam CC lost to Lensbury CC. a total eclipse. In June Beddington forced a narrow victory at Beddington Park against Wallington who were bowled out for 154 runs (Prescott 4 for 35 all clean bowled) Beddington were soon in trouble losing 4 wickets for 54 runs, before R Hilder with 46 runs, joined M Murray 50 runs, carried the home side within sight of victory, before R. Johnson came in and scored the winning runs by hitting a six. Beddington 162 for 9 at the end of play. In August three out of four Beddington teams beat Cheam. Success was achieved by the Beddington fast bowlers with D Halfyard taking five wickets, Fred Prescott taking four, and D Gale finishing off the remainder for 150 runs. Beddington 1st XI in reply lost the first three wickets for 22 runs, but Gale (56 runs) and Cotton (70 runs) turned the game around and at 158 for 4 wickets were victors by 6 wickets. Beddington 2nd XI beat Cheam by 9 wickets (Ray Smith 7 for 28) Beddington 3rd XI ended in a draw and Beddington 4th XI skippered by Bill Brown, winning by 55 runs, with G Funnell 58 n.o.
“Bully” Bulfield had completed his very informative book on Beddington Cricket Club history for which we would like to thank him. Ron Johnson was still in charge of the Beddington Ist XI, with A J Hills skippering the 2nd XI, while many fresh and notable young talents were waiting in the wings. Canon Bridges Private Pavilion on the original Beddington Park ground was still in place, tennis courts and a putting green covering half the ground, the rest on lease to the Beddington Club, a new lease of twenty five years had been secured by the Beddington CC administration. Jack Roberts (umpire) Peter Coates (groundsman) were firmly in charge on the square.
The old school were still in charge of the cricket, and this continued for a few more seasons under Ron Johnson. In the first match of the season Beddington CC beat Purley CC in a tense game at Beddington Park. The home side were put in to bat and were soon in trouble against the fast bowling of Crocker and Sibley, losing three wickets in the first two overs and being five wickets down for 31 runs. R Hilder and R Johnson fought back, being the only batsmen to reach double figures in the Beddington innings of 101 runs. In reply Purley’s wickets tumbled quickly and at tea had lost six wickets for 40 runs, however the tail wagged and at one time it looked anybody’s game. Never the less the Beddington bowling of R Johnson and D Halfyard were triumphant and the last Purley wicket fell at 89 runs. The fielding of both sides was of a very high standard the wicket keeping of Cooper and Norris was outstanding. Beddington side: R White, G Dolby, D Gale, S Cooper, W Cotton, R Hilder, R Johnson, P Loader, D Gatfield, D Halfyard and F. Prescott.
Storms failed to spoil the Beddington Cricket Week. On Monday Garland Wells bought a team to Beddington and were defeated, Murray and Cooper batted well. Two well-known wielders of the willow in Garland Wells side were B H Lyon and Dennis Moore both former Gloucester captains, Ronnie Pratt knocked up 47 runs, and Ron Johnson collected four of the visitor’s wickets. On Tuesday Surrey C & G came to Beddington, after scoring 200 for one wicket the visitors were all out for 249 runs with Fred Prescott accounting for five of the Surrey wickets for 57 runs. M Murray (48) and D Gale (78) set hopes soaring, for Beddington, then the rot set in with only 116 on the board with 5 wickets down, until Johnson and D Gatfield came along to win the match with four wickets to spare. The Stoics succumbed to another defeat on Wednesday, Beddington winning by 37 runs. Beddington were unlucky on Thursday and Friday when the games were abandoned including President’s Day. On Saturday the weather though threatening and keeping many supporters away, the rain held off to enable Beddington to wind up another successful cricket week with a win over Wallington CC, the scores Beddington 138 runs Wallington 76 runs.
This was a second defeat for Wallington by Beddington in the month of June. Beddington 2nd XI with J Robertson, H Hancock, A De Rosa, T Parkinson, M Reeves, P Kirk, A Hampton, B Swain, A J Hills (capt) J K Gass and G Burnand, beat Richmond Town by 17 runs. Beddington 115 runs, to Richmond’s 98 runs. A young Wallington school cricketer was handed his Surrey Schools cap and South of England Badge at the end of school sports week. Ken Kasey aged 14 years had played in the Surrey Schools XI in every match this season, he was then selected to play for the Home Counties XI against Lancashire and will be one of the team to play Middlesex at Limpsfield, a pupil at High View Secondary School Wallington, where Ken Melton a Beddington Club member was sports master. Several more pupils from the High View School would later become Schoolboy Members at the Beddington Club, including D Simmons, M Garner and E Clifton. It was generally an accepted policy, rather than the rule at Beddington for new members to start their cricket in the fourth XI and work their way into the top teams, judging by their ability to do so. Bill Brown a ruddy faced kindly gentleman was then in charge of the fourth XI. He was very fond of his jug of Theakston’s and “The folks who lived on the hill”, his favourite song during the Beddington sing-alongs of 1956.
David Gale was selected to play for the club cricket conference. E W Swanton quotes, World of Cricket, Beddington CC has consistently been one of the strongest club sides, and since the Second War they have produced P J Loader for Surrey and England, A Long for Surrey and D Halfyard for Kent, M Murray, E Clifton, D Ottley, for Middlesex, and a number of county second XI players including N Parks, D Gale, A H Brown, N Griffin and Jake Hall, the club’s record in recent years is an enviable one. In 1952 and 1962 they were top of the Evening Standard Club Table.
One of the features of Beddington’s cricket has been the high standard of wicket-keeping. S H Cooper (who played two first class games for Surrey) has been a regular member of the side since 1945. In one match against Cheam in 1948 he claimed seven wickets behind the stumps. Besides Sydney Cooper, Beddington CC have had such fine wicket-keepers as E Clifton, who deputised for J Murray in the Middlesex Ist XI and then emigrated to Australia in the 1960s to work as a coach at Adelaide Oval, under Don Bradman, and Arnold Long who held the world record of seven catches in an innings for Surrey. One of the best batsmen the club had at this time was M P Murray who later captained the Middlesex 2nd XI. In 1951 M Murray had completed his National Service, became the first Beddington batsmen to score 1,000 runs in Saturday matches only. Another outstanding batsman has been A H Brown (Surrey 2nd XI) who came to the club from Spencer in 1952.
Beddington completed their strength in 1957 when they secured the services of J K Hall a Lancing College student, as was Jarvis Kenrick a Beddington player in John Henry Bridges 1874 team. It was Leary Constantine who suggested that Norman Parks who Skippered the 1st XI for a number of years was one of the best stroke players in club cricket and should become a professional cricketer, an opinion shared by Alf Gover at his cricket school in Wandsworth, where Norman Parks was an Evening Standard Colt.
Ron Johnson was still in charge of the first XI and Alan De Rosa had taken over from the long standing 2nd XI captain for six years A J Hills, a Physics Master at Wallington Grammar School. Alan De Rosa would captain the 2nd XI for the next twelve years. Beddington CC became the unofficial club cricket champions this year when they defeated Wanstead in the Evening Standard final. In the Beddington team R Johnson (Capt), P Loader, R. White, J Robertson, R Dolby, D Gale, D Halfyard, S Cooper, R Bowles, G Dolby, R Hilder. The umpires for this match were Frank Chester and Emrys Davies.
In the first game of the season Beddington defeated South Beddington by 80 runs, Murray and Robertson won the game off their own bats for Beddington with both completing half centuries, and most of the damage was done by R White and F Prescott in the South Beddington innings of 68 runs. Other members of the Beddington side included A Brown, E Parkinson, G Dolby, P Tessier, D Gatfield, D Gale. R Hilder.
Against Catford CC, David Gale made a magnificent 106 runs in 70 minutes to defeat the home side by three runs. In August Beddington were able to field a strong side against Tooting despite the fact that several regulars had gone with the touring side to South Devon. Tooting included in their side D Halfyard the fast bowler who has had so many successful seasons with Beddington, obtaining five wickets for 52 runs in a drawn match. In the club’s cricket week, David Gale scored a total of 448 runs in six days, including three centuries, two on successive days. Surrey Club and Ground defeated Beddington on the first day by 223 runs, in which Peter Loader now in the Surrey team took 6 wickets for 20 runs in 16 overs. Against a strong Garland Wells XI, Beddington put up 258 for 5 wickets and then David Halfyard now back in the side skittled out the visitors for 90 runs with an analysis of 9 wickets for 42 runs.
Back row: Peter Loader (left), Ron Johnson, J Robertson, Bob White Middle row (from right) Sidney Cooper, Ron Dolby, David Gale, David Halfyard Front row (from right) R Hinder, G Dolby, Roger Bowles Note the umpires – Frank Chester and Emrys Davies
On Wednesday Martin Turner for Stoics hit a bright 80 runs in their total of 224 for 8 wickets. A whirlwind 55 runs by R Johnson gave Beddington the victory. On Thursday the Wanderers could only total 174 runs with Prescott taking 5 wickets for 35 runs. Beddington in reply knocked off the runs for one wicket with D Gale 100 runs and A H Brown 74 runs. In the Presidents game on Friday, D Gale produced another century to win the match by 8 wickets. Having beaten the Old Whitgiftians on their own ground by 5 wickets Beddington CC justified their reputation as one of the best sides in Surrey, writes a “Times” cricket correspondent. Other results were O W’s 2nd XI 167 for 9 declared, (Subba Row 77 runs, and G Burnand 5 wickets for 56 runs). Beddington 2nd XI 171 for 4 wickets (A De Rosa 100 n.o.). In the 3rd XI Beddington beat the Whitgiftians by 138 runs, with J Holman and M Bowers sharing the wickets, to complete the day the 4th XI also won by 113 runs, (C Derrick 115 n.o.). From the Ist XI to the 4th XI the competition was really strong. It was in this year that David Gale received his club cricket conference cap.
Ron Hilder took over as captain of the first XI. Due to the success of the previous season, the Beddington membership had considerably increased. New members included Ken Melton, Peter Kirk, M Reeves, T Parkinson, M Bowers, A Hampton, D Gatfield, J Holman, H Wombill, R Talks, B Swain, R Graham, L Gillman, R Dolby and G Funnell.
In May David Gale again delighted the supporters with a hard hitting innings of 102 not out, including eight fours and five sixes, in a game against Cyphers that Beddington won easily. The following day Beddington confirmed this form by beating Norwood when M Murray and A Brown completely dominated the bowling and put on 100 runs before Murray was out for 72 runs, with Brown 82 n.o. and J Robertson 40 runs continued the spate of run getting, Beddington declared at 223 for 3 after 135 minutes batting. J Robertson made two great catches in the outfield with Beddington winning by 42 run. In June Catford’s bowlers were struck by a Gale named David when he hit 106 runs in 70 minutes to pass the Catford score of 194 runs on a very slow wicket. A young Roger Bowles made a very good 28 runs in his innings, Beddington winning the game with ten minutes to spare.
At Beddington on Sunday 21st June 1953, E Collins and M Reeves opened the batting for Beddington v Chameleons. The Beddington team, captained by Bob White, reads: E Collins, M Reeves, G Dolby, R Dolby, J Robertson, T Parkinson D Gatfield (keeper) N Parks L Watson K Kasey. Top scorer being M Reeves with 37 runs in the Beddington total of 158 runs for 8 wickets. The Chameleons were bowled out for 155 runs with R White taking five wickets for 59 runs and R Dolby taking three wickets for 18 runs.
G Burnand had been the first choice 2nd XI opening bowler this season. In a return match in August at Beddington Park the Old Whitgiftians declared at 185 runs for 9 wickets, the Old Boys had battled for two hours and 40 minute. Beddington took only one hour and 33 minutes to pass the visitors’ score. Beddington soon lost E Collins having made only 11 runs, but when his opening partner, Roger Bowles was joined by A Brown they hit up the runs merrily. The schoolboy had a great innings of 79 runs which included 12 fours. A Brown also made 79 runs n.o. Top scorer for the visitors was David Straw with 42 runs and John Ellingham 36 runs, with R White taking four of the visitor’s wickets for 49 runs. The Beddington team: R Hilder (capt) E Collins, D Gale, A Brown, N Parks, R Bowles, S Cooper, R White, G Dolby, R Dolby, F Prescott.
On Sunday against Finchley Beddington lost the game due mainly to bad fielding, when seven catches were dropped. At the Oval Peter Loader received his Surrey cap.
Ron Johnson was once again in charge of the first XI, and at the start of the season Tony Brown was in brilliant form with two undefeated centuries in a weekend: against Cyphers he made 101 not out, and against The Tramps on Sunday he made 110 not out without conceding a chance as Beddington making a winning start to Ron Johnson’s last season.
The Wallington Grammar School captain Roger Bowles, at the age of 17 years, was ten short of a classic century in their winning game against the redoubtable Malden Wanderers at Malden. In all departments Beddington were the superior side, winning with time to spare, R Bowles made 90 runs with D Gale on 62 runs. In June Tony Brown, who had scored over a thousand runs in May, had been selected to play for the Surrey Association of Cricket Clubs XI against the Surrey County XI at the Oval, the team skippered by Percy Fender.
After a blank weekend because of rain, bright sunshine greeted the start of Beddington’s Cricket Week despite the fact that the square was under water only a few hours before play was possible. Garland-Wells had won the toss and Beddington were asked to bat. J Robertson opened the batting with R Bowles who was bowled with the score at 19 and 10 runs later J. Robertson was also back in the hutch, with 36 runs on the board D Gale returned to the dressing room. Norman Parks then came to the wicket and gave a really magnificent display of batting that was without a doubt the feature of the day’s cricket. He was still undefeated with 144 runs to his credit when Ron Johnson declared at 250 runs for 8 wickets. R Dolby assisted in a valuable partnership of 52 runs for the sixth wicket, while S Cooper and N Parks thrashed the bowling in a partnership of 105 runs for the seventh wicket.
Garland-Wells had given Beddington the best of the wicket when he decided to put them in to bat. Fred Prescott with his fast medium left arm bowling got plenty of life out of the wicket. assisted by some splendid catching, eight wickets went down quickly for only 55 runs. Ken Barrington, who had played for the county this year, stopped the rot, until he carelessly gave D Gale a catch in the slips. The great Leary Constantine went for three runs and it was left to Beddington’s G Dolby playing for the visitors to make the top score of 28 runs. F Prescott finished with 7 wickets for 43 runs, resulting in a splendid victory for Beddington.
The match with Surrey Club and Ground. the next day, ended in a draw. Ron Pratt topped the batting for Surrey with 102 runs with Ken Barrington 89 runs. Tony Brown in great form made 97 n.o. for the Beddington side, with E Collins 29 runs, Murray 26 runs and Parks 24 n.o.
In the first ever match against Tooting the Beddington side lost 6 wickets for 139 runs, Beddington then put on nearly 100 runs for the loss of only three wickets. A 15-year-old Schoolboy M Garner played a part in Beddington’s success, Ron Johnson swung the game his way with a hard hitting 74 runs with A Brown 59 runs, and M Garner with a bright 28 runs, Beddington declared at 235 runs for 9 wickets. Tooting were then bowled out for 112 runs, having been 9 wickets down for 68 runs.
Tony Brown had been chosen to play for the Club Cricket Conference against the Universities’ Athletic Union at Teddington; he had been in magnificent batting form this year, now playing in his fifth season for Beddington. This was the year that Tony Brown passed the 2,000-run mark, when he scored a characteristic 102 runs in the Cheam match. In that game against Cheam in August, wicketkeeper Sydney Cooper had seven victims, five of which were stumped off the bowling of Bob White in a Cheam total of 62 runs in reply to Beddington’s score of 222 runs for three wickets.
In the 2nd XI Ken Kasey took six wickets for 53 runs at Cheam in a game that Beddington lost. The 4th Xl suffered the same fate losing by one run. It was also Ron Johnson’s last year at Beddington CC. Peter Loader was awarded the Surrey Young Cricketer of the Year and Indian Cricketer of the Year.
Mike Murray took on the captaincy of the 1st XI. The days of the Old School were numbered. Gilly Reay now retired was seated in his favoured position in a deckchair at the side of the sightscreen at the pavilion end. His Surrey blazer left in a prominent position for passing opponents to admire, ready to offer advice when he thought it was possibly required.
Mike Murray’s side this season included F Prescott, R White, S Cooper and R Johnson of the old school with J Robertson, N Parks, M Reeves, N Armstrong, A H Brown and R Bowles the younger element, part of the furniture being umpire Jack Roberts with Peter Newman the scorer.
Peter Coates celebrated his 25th year with the club. He was known to certain members of the club at this time as “Coates” when giving out their unnecessary orders at the weekend. Ken Melton had persuaded another pupil from Highview School to join the club in the shape of Ernest Clifton who later joined Middlesex and then, after he had emigrated to Australia in 1965,coached at Adelaide Oval under Don Bradman.
At Beddington Park, Peter Loader’s XI played a Beddington CC XI, for Arthur McIntyre’s Benefit. Boris Karloff and Arthur McIntyre were umpiring the game that Beddington lost by 14 runs. Due to bad weather conditions the game had to be played on the back ground.
In cricket week Beddington made a fine start. On Monday against the MCC, Beddington declared at 243 for eight with J Robertson hitting a fine 78 runs, M Murray scoring 45 runs and R Dolby making a sound 43 not out. The MCC collapsed in the face of a fiery spell from D Gale and at one time were 29 runs for 5 wickets, then Colin Cowdrey whose father had been a member at Beddington in the 1930s made 34 runs, but MCC could do no better than 124 for 8 wickets.
On Tuesday Beddington put the Wanderers out for 136 Bob White taking 3 wickets for 5 runs. Beddington replied with 137 runs for 4 wickets, Parks 32 runs and Murray 34 runs, the chief scorers. On Thursday Beddington played Surrey Club and Ground, Friday the President Sir Paul Mallinson always managed to bring a strong side to Beddington. On Saturday they played Dulwich CC.
Rear: P Newman, R Bowles, N Armstrong, N Parks, M Reeves, J Robertson, A Brown (scorer). Front: R White, S Cooper (keeper), M Murray (captain), R Johnson (ex-captain), F Prescott, J Roberts (umpire)
With Mike Murray as captain this was a period of change for the better at Beddington, out with the old and in with the new and this photograph tells the story. There are five future captains of Beddington in this team, Murray, Parks, Robertson, Brown, Bowles.
The following week Beddington played Stoics in an all-day game that Beddington lost by three runs.
The summer tour was again a success and their record on six South Devon tours since the war reads: Played 27 won 25 with 2 drawn. Ron Dolby has a remarkable record at Paignton CC of 110 not out 42 and 108 not out a total of 260 runs for once out.
At the end of July having returned from their South Devon tour, Beddington dropped a dozen catches to beat Purley in the last over of the match by one run amid great excitement. (M Murray 102 runs).
Old Whitgiftians had a well-deserved victory against Beddington after a most interesting match at Beddington Park. Set to get 241 runs for the decision, Old Whitgiftians got the runs with a minute to spare. Beddington getting their runs from 48.3 overs and the Old Whitgiftians from 53 overs, in a game noteworthy for quick runs and Beddington’s sporting declaration. Beddington began their innings with a century partnership between M Murray and R Bowles with R Johnson and J Robertson carrying on the good work enabling Beddington to declare at 240 runs for 3 wickets. Old Whitgiftians batting was completely dominated by the great innings of David Straw hitting 125 runs before being dismissed, M Clarke ably assisted Straw with 58 runs. After Straw and Clarke left Old Whit’s lost considerable ground but Stanley Subba Row managed the winning hit just before stumps were drawn.
Beddington’s match with Finchley ended with a draw when they met at Beddington park on Sunday. Highest score of the match going to M Reeves who scored 60 runs in a stand 97 runs with a young Lex Wills 44 runs in a final total of 24I for 7 wickets, Finchley with Ian Bedford replied with 231 runs for 9 wickets. Two Beddington players A Brown and N parks assisted Surrey in the Minor Counties game against Norfolk in August with Surrey winning by 4 wickets. A Brown made 121 not out in the first innings and 37 runs in the second innings. N Parks, who did not bat in the first innings, hit 65 runs in the second innings.
With the assistance of Jack Gass as chairman, Bill Savoury as secretary, Ted Luff as treasurer and members involved in running the club at this time, including our hard working tea ladies and tireless bar staff, added to the club’s continuing success. This year club cricket was at its best when Beddington defeated the Musketeers, with 3 wickets to spare.
1956 Heralded the arrival of music at the pavilion when the Cozens arrived at Beddington. Leslie who had played piano in his own band, as a young man in Worthing, later played with the BBC Light Orchestra and for an easier life, had taken a job as a wages clerk in Beddington, living in Wandle Court, the old residence of Henry Tritton the Banker, now converted into flats. The old gas lit pavilion with changing rooms at one end, a small kitchen and loo in the back, and a bar overlooking the front cricket field, must have been heaven in 1931 when compared to the lesser thatched pavilion of 1873 with no water or sanitation as described by Gilly Reay. Now it was the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, and songs from the shows, that mingled with the Sound of Music, or Bless Your Beautiful Hide, on your return to the club after an away game or a meal of Spaghetti Bolognaise with “Buffalo” Bridger at the “Criterion” Restaurant, South Croydon, Leslie Cozens who had joined as a piano playing, (non-playing member), could be described as one of Beddington’s best social assets during this period, creating what was for many at the time the sound of cricket.
With Mike Murray now firmly in charge of the 1st XI the Beddington Club, with Jack Gass as Chairman, Bill Savoury as Treasurer, and an excellent committee of Greenwood, Cooper, De Rosa, Talks, Funnell, Watson, Gale, Dolby, White and Murray were ready to move this historic club forward. The 1956 Cricket Week had been the most successful week in the club’s long history. In six games Beddington had won four, lost one, and drawn one. On the following Sunday, The Tramps were trounced, an opening partnership of 137 made by M Murray 89 and J Robertson 53, set Beddington on their way to victory with R Bowles 37 and M Garner 35 not out continuing the good work so Beddington could declare at 227 for 4. The Tramps looked rather shabby against the spin bowling of R Bowles and R White and were bowled over so to speak for 136 runs. (R Bowles 7 for 56).
In July Beddington had a fine win against Cyphers, a stand of 134 runs for the third wicket by M Murray 86 and R Dolby 48 after losing two wickets for 25 runs. The batting then failed completely against the bowling of John Iberson his final analysis being 6 for 62, against splendid spin bowling and wicket keeping by R White and S Cooper, Cyphers were put out for 132 runs with 20 minutes to spare. Bob White finishing with 7 wickets for 50 runs. Ron Dolby came on to dismiss two stubborn tail-enders for eight runs. On the same day the Cyphers 2nd XI were bowled out for 79 runs, J Slaven 6 for 18 included a hat trick. Beddington at 80 for 1 winning by 9 wickets.
At Finchley on Sunday, Beddington won by one run. Finchley 194, Beddington 195 runs. (N Parks 80 not out). At Beddington, Malden Wanderers were shattered by the bowling of Dave Halfyard taking 7 wickets for 25 runs in 22 overs in his hostile attack. Scores Beddington 254 for 7. Malden Wanderers 98.
Peter Coates, Beddington’s popular groundsman, took his benefit match this year against Brentham who gave Beddington their usual hard game. On a turning wicket Beddington reached 153 runs in their innings, thanks to their skipper M Murray (60) and D Gale (28). Brentham lost two quick wickets for four runs at the start of their innings, but the brothers J Swann (59) and P Swann (25) added 57 runs. Ron Dolby broke the partnership and the innings folded at 113 all out. M Reeves (4 for 39) and R Bowles (3 for 16).
In August, Johnny Haynes, the England and Fulham footballer, made a great attempt to save Winchmore Hill from defeat at the hands of Beddington when he fought a skillful rearguard action to enable his team to earn a draw. Beddington 156 runs for 5 wickets with Winchmore Hill 121 runs for 9 wickets.
This year Beddington CC met strong opposition during their first tour of Yorkshire. The first day fixture with Harrogate was cancelled due to rain, and no play was possible at Ripon on the second day. High winds on the third day at Dewsbury caused the sight screens to topple over, and the bails were removed by common consent. Beddington making 175 for seven declared with R Bowles (82) and R Dolby (40) not out. When time was called ending the match Dewsbury claimed an extra five overs a local league rule, Ron Dolby who had bowled into a howling gale to save the match for Beddington told the captain in no uncertain terms what he thought, “That this was bloody sharp practise”, when Dewsbury went on to make 196 for 8 wickets winning the day. On Thursday North Leeds the leaders of their league, knocked up 223 for eight declared, with Beddington putting up a poor batting show only scoring 82 runs. R Dolby the team’s only teetotaller managed 23 runs.
On the way home at Sutton Coldfield (near Birmingham), Beddington had a pleasant game against the local team, with Sutton Coldfield scoring 145 runs and Beddington in reply 130 runs, D Gale 38 runs, M Garner 32 runs. This day was a first for Ken Melton when he announced that today was his birthday, he was made to buy his first ever round of drinks for everybody in the clubhouse, and he probably could tell you what drinks everybody had ordered, how many times he went up to the bar, and of course how much it had cost for the round. Despite the weather the tour socially was an enjoyable success, especially the victory over the Yorkshire Road Construction Company darts team, in the Wheatsheaf pub, on our way back to Harrogate. Our team leader for that afternoon being Mr Eric (Bristow) Farr. At the club committee meeting in September David Gale announced that the tour had been a wet, but enjoyable experience.
Applications for membership were made by Tommy Dunn (Australia House), M Spencer, Andrew Nelson (his second attempt), schoolboy member Brian Paul and Doc Sweatman’s application was deferred until the following year. Thirteen playing members and five non-playing members would leave by coach on the second Yorkshire tour. Staying at Ilkley and Otley, D Gale reported that all arrangements were in hand. D Halfyard’s name was deleted from the membership due to non-payment of membership fees. A minor counties game between Surrey 2nd XI and Warwickshire was to be played at Beddington in July, A H Brown had been selected to play in the match.
In the opening games of the season Mike Murray had scored 63 and 103 runs in the first week-end and 121 runs against Malden Wanderers the following weekend. Changing the batting order to face a moderate total of 104 runs on Sunday against Twickenham, the Beddington openers of Parks and Dolby raced to a 100 partnership, but at 102 Parks was caught endeavouring to make the winning hit, he had scored 42 runs with Ron Dolby’s 62 runs making a tremendous winning hit for six to win the game, the openers running between the wickets was a delight to watch.
Standing: N Wills, K Kasey, G Dolby, ?, B Hancock, L Wills Front: A Derosa, John Slaven
The best effort in the Cricket Week was the defeat of the MCC by four wickets. MCC were bowled out for 175 runs and Beddington passed this total with four wickets remaining, (M Murray 95 runs). Beddington completed the week unbeaten. On Tuesday in the match against the Wanderers, Beddington made 262 runs (D Gale 87 runs), in reply Wanderers made 234 runs, with our very good friend George Coker 105 not out. With a fine win against old rivals Dulwich at Beddington Park on Saturday, bringing the Beddington total in six matches to four wins and two draws.
Batting first on a bowler’s wicket against Dulwich, Beddington lost seven wickets for 122 runs. A Brown made 46 runs, and R Dolby 24 runs. A ninth wicket stand of 67 runs between M Garner 56 runs and L Watson 12 runs enabled Beddington to reach a total of 199 runs. In reply Dulwich, who never looked like getting the runs, were bowled out for 150 with Gale and Prescott sharing the wickets. Extremely consistent batting by A Brown, M Murray, and N Parks enabled Beddington to amass large totals throughout the season and with the addition of Jake Hall, Neville Griffin, and spinners Reeves Watson to the Ist XI, not many opponents reached 100 runs and rarely 200 runs, the competition for team places was probably at its peak throughout the club.
The old school of Cooper, Prescott, Gale, White and Collins were still able to play their part in the club’s success, Gilly Reay was still at the bar in his blazer and his deck chair by the sightscreen giving support. The high spot of this year for the Beddington Club, came at Leeds in the fourth test against the West Indies when Peter Loader bowled Frank Worrell and Everton Weekes in the same over and claimed Gary Sobers as his next victim, finishing off the innings with a hat-trick, clean bowling Goddard and Gilchrist ending with Ramadhin caught by Trueman. Peter Loader was born in Wallington 1929 his prowess at Beddington Cricket Club won him an invitation to play for the Surrey Club and ground team. He was still an amateur when he made his debut for Surrey against Kent in 1951. In 1963 Peter Loader emigrated to Western Australia.
The second tour of Yorkshire this time by coach, took place in August 1957 with the main playing group staying in Ilkley and the others in Otley. The only complaint coming from Sydney Cooper, who didn’t like the women peering into his room from the top deck of the local buses that stopped outside his hotel. The first game at Scarborough was cancelled due to early rain. Ron Dolby decided to organise a trip by coach to the Gaping Gill, a pot hole on the Moors. On arrival with rain threatening, only four members decided to make the climb Ron Dolby Colin Way Mick Garner Brian Butchers, the climb ending when an exhausted Brian Butchers eventually arrived at our destination shouting, “I didn’t realise I was climbing with three mountain goats !” With that we returned to the coach to find the rest of the team swigging beer from a crate at the roadside. It was then decided to stop for lunch at the famous “Harry Ramsden’s” fish and chip restaurant, “Butch” hearing the word food, was as usual the first one back in the coach.
Ken Melton, Paul Newman, coach driver, Len Watson, Peter Parks, David Gale, Colin Way, Brian Butchers and Mick Garner.
On Tuesday no play was possible at Harrogate and Wednesday Beddington were beaten for the second time by North Leeds, with that in mind the Beddington team decided to adopt the North Leeds tie as their permanent touring tie. On Thursday the tour moved north to Catterick Services finding some agreeable weather at last. The Services XI were very impressed with the Beddington team having recently played a Yorkshire 2nd XI, but Beddington were even more impressed with the mixed grill served up in the Officer’s Mess after the game.
Back row B Butchers, A Long, M Garner, P Parks, E Farr, K Melton, ?, L Watson, ?, C Way Front row P Newman, N Parks, D Gale, M Pearson, R Dolby, J Slaven
At the September 1957 committee meeting Len Watson and John Slaven were authorised to organise the next tour to Devon. Sydney Cooper stated during A.O.B. that he strongly disapproved of the lifting of the Kingdom Hall notice board and other items in Yorkshire, by members of the touring party and felt that these items should be returned to their rightful owner, as such behaviour brought the club a bad name. The articles in question were duly returned.
At the committee meeting in February 1958, David Gale was to be transferred to Birmingham by his company and would be unable to continue as a committee and club member, at the next meeting in March he announced that he had married and was now moving to Birmingham. It was reported at the April meeting that F O P Harrison a former captain and Life Member who had completed sterling work for the club for many years had died. In May applications to the club included David Doughty, David Parker and Bruce Noble. Senior member Ron Johnson was co-opted on to the committee replacing David Gale.
Mike Murray announced that he had been asked to captain ten games for Middlesex Club and ground, as well as the Beddington Club, which did not go down very well with some of the Committee. In May the 1st XI (without John Hall who was playing for Surrey), convincingly beat Malden Wanderers with Beddington 227 runs for 8 wickets declared (N Parks 82 runs) Malden Wanderers 123 runs (L Watson 7 for 32 runs) help by some fine catching from Reeves, Garner and Parks. At Beddington Park a fourth wicket stand of 150 in 66 minutes between A Brown 103 runs and M Murray 85 runs thoroughly demoralising Twickenham, who were all out for 98 runs with L Watson taking another 4 wickets for 7 runs. Against the Casuals (235 runs) Beddington could not cope with the bowling of Ellingham and Iberson in their total of just 110 all out.
On the 28th August a minor counties game was played at Beddington between Surrey Second XI v Middlesex Second XI. On Sunday 31st August Beddington CC played a benefit game v Eric Bedser’s team with five England players in his side, the Beddington side skippered by Norman Parks who hit the only century of a day marred by rain.
In October Mike Murray stated that he would not continue as captain of the Saturday 1st XI and Norman Parks would take over with A H Brown as vice-captain. At this meeting Jack Gass announced that he was stepping down as treasurer. This year also saw the death of W H Kippen the Beddington 1st XI scorer for many years. A V A Cummins became the new treasurer with J Slaven as the auditor. By the end of the 1958 season Len Watson announced that the tour arrangement to Devon were in place with 14 playing members and seven non playing members. On the question of playing members at committee Doc Sweatman had been elected to the membership after the second attempt
In August the local council announced that the Tennis and Archery Pavilion on the old Beddington Park ground was to be demolished, the Beddington CC secretary Brian Swain approached the council regarding the Plaque on the chimney breast, as to whether it could be preserved and installed in the cricket club pavilion. This request was never fulfilled by the council when this historic building was finally destroyed. The Canon Bridges Pavilion on the Beddington Park ground had stood in the park for 85 years.
J Slaven, L Watson, A Derosa, N Wills, G Dolby, K Kasey, ?, B Hancock, L Wills
The 2nd XI under Alan Derosa were undefeated home or away, and the following year were again unbeaten at home while only conceding two way defeats at Mitcham and Spencer.
Mike Murray stepped down as captain of the 1st XI, replaced by Norman Parks with Tony Brown as vice-captain. Every one of Beddington’s 1st XI Sunday fixtures was held at home this summer. New fixtures had been arranged against Eton Ramblers and South Hampstead, the Beddington playing strength was again strong but members were sad to record the retirement of Sydney Cooper who had played for the club for more than 25 years and Fred Prescott the stout-hearted left arm round bowler became vice-captain to Alan De Rosa in his 8th year as the 2nd Xl captain. Ian Peterson, a Marlborough college student, was elected to the club as a playing member and in 1960 became club secretary. Other playing members this year included M Willet B Holt D Ramsey. As in the previous Beddington histories school masters at the club included Ron Dolby, Colin Way, Jock Ireland, Ken Melton and Malcolm Ewens.
This year Ernie Clifton a local schoolboy at High View School and a member at Beddington, played for Surrey 2nd XI in a minor counties match v Sussex at Hove.
The first fixtures of the year were Barclay’s Bank CC, with Ealing CC on Sunday. On the second weekend, the Beddington 1st XI of N Parks, A Brown, M Murray, T Dunn, D Doughty, M Garner, M Reeves, E Clifton, R White, R Dolby and J Hall, declared their innings closed against Spencer CC at 240 runs for 6 wickets (N Parks 88 runs.) In reply Spencer’s 1st XI scored 193 for 8 wickets (Clark 70 runs, Tarrant 44 runs). Our old friend George Coker fell victim to Jake Hall who took six of the Spencer wickets in a drawn game.
At the Old Whitgiftians ground in June the home side hit 272 runs for 2 wickets, in 2 hours and 20 minutes with G Thompson 123 n.o., Bangs 70 and M Turner 49 n.o. Beddington did not flinch from their task hitting out at everything, Tommy Dunn reached a century in eighty minutes not giving a chance in his innings of 104 runs. Two run-outs at the critical stage of the game were unfortunate and stumps were drawn with Beddington, 16 runs short of victory. The role was reversed in August when Beddington defeated the Old Whitgiftians by one run, with Tommy Dunn 84 runs and Parks 62 runs, Murray and Dolby hit off the remaining runs. This was the only game that the Whitgiftians had lost this season.
The following day the Mote were bowled out for 110 runs with the Beddington bowlers in great form right from the start and with the total at 14 runs half the side had received their marching orders. Neville Griffin with 4 wickets for 24 runs in 16 overs, while Ken Kasey who opened the attack with him had taken 5 wickets for 32 runs in 13 overs. D Reader for The Mote who had a six and five fours in his great knock of 53 runs was worth more than its face value. Beddington although losing the first two wickets for 13 runs always had matters well in hand, with J Robertson 37 runs and M Garner playing aggressive cricket for 49 n.o. with a six and 5 fours the home side concluded a most successful week.
At this time our 1st XI captain Norman Parks whose main ambition in life at this time was to play cricket, became a shirt salesman to cover his cost of living. One sunny morning in spring and no shirt sales imminent, Norman decided he could tell short stories, (which his team had known for ages). On this bright and sunny morning with pen at the ready Norman began his first story, “Old Horrox”. The fixture card told Horrox that the 1st XI were playing at home in the first match of the season, he must go along to the ground and watch. The winter had been harder than ever to tolerate, and cricket always reminded him of his youth. Although it was a warm spring day he decided to take his overcoat, April evenings could be quite chilly and he did not want to risk another cold. The ground was not very far and he could get a bus if necessary but he preferred to walk. As he walked passed St Mary’s Church the clock struck the hour the sound echoing across the park set the scene for the rest of the day Horrox thought, he was beginning to feel quite excited. A car went by with two large cricket bags on the roof and he remembered carrying his own bag to cricket, it was not big enough to get his pads in but they tied together on the sides very well, but when it rained the whiting would run onto his raincoat, all a long time ago! Still you can’t live in the past, youngsters play far more cricket nowadays and need larger cricket bags. When Horrox reached the park he smelt the freshly cut grass for the first time since last summer. He quickened his step and could soon see the cricket ground through the trees. He would soon be able to look at the wicket then go to his favourite seat by the cut privet hedge. The wicket looked a beauty with not a weed or mark on it, “Virgin Turf” as he had read somewhere. He made a forward defensive movement with his walking stick and thought he could bat on it. His eyes were still keen enough and he did not feel so stiff in the knees after his walk. The strip of turf brought back memories of a junior house match when he reached 50 with a cut from the middle stump. The professional had said he must not cut when the ball was straight. Horrox smiled to himself, for he could see the ball speeding to the boundary even now. Clapping at the pavilion made him start, when he looked up and saw players taking to the field. He hurried to his seat as fast as he could, perhaps running between the wickets would be difficult at his age. Horrox leaned against the hedge in order to see the score box, when a young boy announced that Beddington were fielding. Murray looked taller than ever today completely dwarfing Garner. Horrox looked at the scorecard, Peterson must be a new man surely and where is the giant Cooper? The small boy told him Sydney Cooper had retired. The sun warmed his wrinkled face, it was quiet and very peaceful, he felt complete contentment, and he thought it would be a nice place to die. The thought of dying in a cold bed in the depth of winter was not on his scorecard. He returned to the game by the shattering sound of Jake Hall taking another wicket. He is rather thin for a fast bowler Horrox thought, but he had played for the county last season. When Hall had hit the wicket a few more times the sides went in for tea. Horrox felt like a cuppa and made his way to the pavilion where some of the players asked how he was and called him Sir. He felt very elated and glad that he had come, it was good to be recognised, you felt you belonged somewhere. When the bell went for the sides to go out Horrox was back in his seat. Murray and Dunn opened and the ball was hit to the boundary three times in one over by the Australian, Dunn. Horrox enjoyed the hits and was sad when Dunn was out. Murray made a very big score with Beddington winning just before seven o’clock. The sun went down and Horrox was glad he had brought his coat. He rather envied the players in the bar a pint of bitter after a day in the sun was one of the pleasures of life. Pints were difficult to manage these days, but there was no reason why he could not manage a half, it would round off the day nicely. The bar was crowded and jugs of beer were being spread around. Horrox liked the atmosphere everybody was alive, and some pretty girls as well, he was to see them drinking beer with the players and talking as much as the players. Somebody offered Horrox a glass of beer and moved on before he could thank him. Horrox saw him going from one group to another pouring beer from a large jug, he tasted his own glass and enjoyed the coolness of it. Pretty soon everyone was laughing and happy, he really should be off, the youngsters were really enjoying themselves, Horrox bid them all good night and shuffled out of the door. He would have liked to have stayed but had work to do at home and he did not like to appear a bore. He would take the bus as he was feeling tired and finish a pleasant day with a glass of port before retiring.
At the Oval, David Doughty made his maiden appearance in the Surrey 2nd Xl against Gloucestershire while lodging in the Beddington Pavilion much to the annoyance of some members, he was still available for Beddington on Sunday. Micky Garner was called for national service this year, restricting his appearances at the club. Neville Griffin joined from Wallington CC, proposed by Frank Bridger and seconded by George Dolby. Other new members included B Scovell, S Berry, N Ballard, D Rose, D Robson, G Harding and E Doughty the father of “Jackdaw”.
Surrey 2nd XI played Sussex 2nd XI at Beddington in July. Mehboob Ali a 25 year old Indian born all-rounder who had come to England on a long holiday, joined Beddington CC as one of the few players in Kenya cricket to score 2,000 runs in a season. He first tried Banstead but owing to residential qualifications he could not be accepted. Banstead put him in touch with Beddington and he joined the club. Mehboob Ali completely baffled the opposition including former England and Northants skipper Freddie Brown when Musketeers were skittled out by Beddington for 74 runs. He very quickly found a regular place in the Beddington 1st XI until the end of the season, when he left the country for Rome to see the Olympic Games and then returned to Kenya. Few players have made such a big impression in so short a space of time as Mehboob Ali. During May Beddington had wins against Cyphers and the Casuals, splendid bowling by John Hall causing the damage, and Banstead suffered the same fate in June with Griffin, Reeves and Ali reducing their score to 113 runs, in reply to Beddington’s 224 runs with M Murray 62 and R Dolby 60 runs.
In July Neville Griffin, who had been selected to play for the Club Cricket Conference against the MCC at Lord’s, cracked a splendid 125 not out in 83 minutes against Dulwich, his innings of four dazzling sixes and 14 fours provided some colourful cricket for the spectators and with Tony Brown continuing his good form with 86 runs, the Beddington total reached 263 for 2 declared. In reply Dulwich were bowled out by Beddington’s own spin twins M Reeves and L Watson for 162 runs. Neville Griffin left no doubt about his intentions against Mitcham taking 7 wickets for 53 runs on the green in July. Griffin was in full flow again slamming 79 runs and taking 4 wickets for 8 runs in a victory over Hampstead who were bowled out for 90 runs. A valuable captain’s innings by R Tovell 65 runs and L Wills 29 runs enabled Beddington 3rd XI to declare at 185 for 7 wickets against Burgh Heath who lost both openers before a run was scored, the opposition bowled out for 83 runs.
In the Beddington match against Cyphers, for the home side, M Garner making one of his irregular visits, hitching lifts down the M1 motorway to the ground this year, batted superbly scoring 49 runs n.o. M Willet 36 runs, in a first innings total of 150 runs, the result of the match was finely balanced with five minutes remaining for play, when Maurice Reeves took a brilliant return catch off his own bowling to finish the Cyphers innings at 133 runs.In July Beddington were routed by a hostile John Wale at Wallington CC who returned the remarkable figures of ten overs, seven maidens, seven wickets, for seven runs. John Hall had bowled well taking 5 wickets for 27 runs reducing the Wallington innings to 102 runs with Mehboob Ali taking 3 wickets for 14 runs and Derek Ralph scoring exactly half the Wallington total with 51 runs. Beddington CC was bowled out for 42 runs, with Mike Murray and Mehboob Ali the only batsmen to reach double figures. (Incredible, but true).
In Banstead CC cricket week, M Garner deputising for Norman Parks, top scored with 78 runs against Surrey Club and Ground including D Sydenham and B Constable. In September Tony Brown on his original home ground finished the year with another fine chanceless innings of 109 runs in 89 minutes with five sixes and eleven fours. The game finished in a draw Spencer being 53 runs short of Beddington’s total with an hour’s extra batting time.
At the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon in November, Beddington held their 97th Season Annual Dinner, in the chair E A Savoury Esq. The Menu included minestrone soup, roast turkey, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, peach melba, cheese & biscuits, and coffee. In the interval Les Cozens Beddington’s resident pianist had been invited to play. The welcomed guests included Pat Batty, George Coker, R Evans, Ken King, Roy Lewis, David Finch and M Gates of Banstead. This had been a very successful season for Beddington, the icing on the cake being Neville Griffin and Mehboob Ali. It was also a very good year for Alan De Rosa the 2nd XI captain, with George Dolby as the club’s longest serving vice-captain ever.
Openers Brian Butchers and David Doughy, Plymouth Services
The tour this year had returned to South Devon organised by John Slaven, wives had been invited for the first time. Micky Garner had applied for leave at Aldershot, joined the team for the first game at Torquay on Monday. The touring side included N Griffin, R Dolby, L Watson, A Long, the Wills brothers, D Doughty, M Bollingbroke, F Bridger, B Butchers, E Farr, A Nelson with five non-playing supporters. The game at Torquay was played on their second wicket due to overnight rain, the cricket square laid between two rugby pitches, a long walk back to the pavilion. The game ended in a draw with Eric Farr playing a defiant rear guard innings to save the game for the tourists. After the match it was decided to remain in Torquay and return to the coach by 10.30 pm, John Slaven and his party including E Farr, D Doughty and M Garner decided to visit the Top Hat Club recommended by Eric Farr the well-travelled salesman. With a bar, music and dancing, a good time was had by all including bongo lessons, with John Slaven being seduced, so he said, by a young maiden from Kilmarnock who would not agree, missed the 10.30 pm coach and the last bus home decided to walk back to Ashburton. On the outskirts of Torquay he borrowed a ladies bicycle from a garden and on his eventual return to the hotel he left a note on the handle bars, with the address of the owner, thanking her for the use of the bike and hoping it would soon be returned to its rightful owner.
On the second day at Paignton the tourists recorded their first win with R Dolby again stealing the honours with another hundred runs. Against Plymouth Services at Mount Wise, Brian Butchers made it into the 90s, continuing a good season with the bat. He was robbed of his century when Neville Griffin came in to bat scoring the next 20 runs needed to win the match. On Thursday after an exhilarating morning walk on Dartmoor by Arnold Long, Ron Dolby and Mick Garner, the coach arrived at Newton Abbot for the next match. These three musketeers achieved a winning result for the Beddington team with Mick Garner 102 n.o., Arnold Long 48 runs, and Ron Dolby 74 n.o. chasing a Newton Abbott total of 222 runs. The tourist returned home early on Friday due to the shortage of players for the holiday weekend fixtures at Beddington, as discussed and agreed at committee.
J Slaven, F Bridger, M Garner
John Robertson captained the 1st XI for the first time, with Mike Murray taking the Sunday side. For the tenth year running Alan De Rosa captained the 2nd XI, with Dick Tovell in charge of the 3rd XI and Frank “Buffalo” Bridger leading the charge in the 4th Xl. Ian Peterson had filled the vacant spot left by Bill Savoury as honorary secretary. Ted Luff once again running the Bar. Sydney Cooper and Peter Loader were given life membership this year. The selection committee consisted of 2nd XI players with B Butchers, G Dolby, A De Rosa, L Watson and J Slaven plus the captains. The Surrey 2nd XI would entertain Essex 2nd XI at the Beddington Club in July.
Neville Griffin who had been selected to play for the Club Cricket Conference against the MCC at Lord’s, cracked a splendid 125 not out in 85 minutes for Beddington in their win against Dulwich Hamlet by 100 runs, with Tony Brown continuing his good form with 86 runs. Dulwich were dismissed again by the terrible twins Reeves and Watson. Smart fielding and masterly batting paved the way for Beddington’s fine win over Pakistan Wanderers in June. Brian Butchers followed up his recent spate of run getting for the second team with an attractive 62 runs, John Robertson was also in scintillating form with a brilliant 53 runs in the Beddington total of 262 for 6 wickets. The Pakistan tail-enders were not equal to the hostile attack of Ken Kasey and Ron Dolby and were all out for 104 runs. Mitcham CC thrash 283 runs for 5 wickets in 175 minutes on the green with James, Batty, Ward, Catlin and Peacock sharing the spoils, Beddington being dismissed by Swabey and Davis for 104 runs with N Griffin scoring 52 runs half the Beddington total.
At the end of June the cricket week went very well with Griffin again in splendid form hitting a total of 280 runs in five games, John Robertson 98 runs against Stoics, Bob white with 87 runs against the Wanderers, Tony Brown 88 runs against the President’s XI, and Brian Butchers two half centuries, the batting had been outstanding throughout the Week, winning three games with two drawn. Beddington’s wicket keeper Arnold Long had his first outing of the season for Surrey against Cambridge University at Guildford. Long the understudy for Roy Swetman, claimed five victims, catching four in Cambridge’s first innings. In a Sunday game in July against the Musketeers, Norman Parks hit a personal best score of 141 runs, it was also the highest recorded score for many years. The spectators saw some splendid batting as Parks hitting 22 fours and Griffin scoring a sparkling 80 runs in 67 minutes, assisted the home side to a mammoth 278 for 6 declared. The Musketeers in turn were dismissed for 144 runs, with some excellent bowling by John Hall and Maurice Reeves and the brilliant wicket keeping of Colin Way. Hall took three wickets in the last over narrowly missing the hat-trick.
At the Bank of England ground at Roehampton, the Bank were dismissed for 90 runs with Hall and Griffin again the cause of their grief. Robertson Parks and Griffin were all out for 27 runs when Garner (31 not out) and Wills (28 runs) curbed the home side’s hopes of winning with Beddington completing the task in 88 minutes with six wickets to spare. New applications for the year included N Ballard, D Ede, R Collins, G Brown, D Robson, M Aldir, D Daniels and G Harding all junior playing members from local schools were accepted. In October 1961 E Collins resignation was accepted with regret. The outstanding player for this year must surely have been Neville Griffin scoring1576 runs at an average of 49.25 per innings and just missing 100 wickets during the season, something that “Featherstone Griffin” would never let us forget.
At the January committee meeting David Ottley from Tiffin’s School, proposed by A.H Brown and seconded by Fred Prescott was accepted as a member. In March the resignation of Dick Tovell was accepted with great regret by both the committee and playing members, this move being unavoidable due to the acceptance of a new job in Gloucestershire. The 3rd XI captaincy passed on to Brian Swain another loyal member and long term committee man at the club. With the resignation of Bill Savoury due to health reasons, Ian Peterson filled the vacant position as club secretary.
Beddington’s Ernie Clifton at Middlesex CCC 1962
Early in June the Ist XI played Sevenoaks CC at the Vine, Beddington winning by three wickets. The following testimonial was written by A H Brown after the match to the Sevenoaks Vine club. Sevenoaks Vine 276-7 (Dec) Beddington 277-7. Mere contemplation of these figures could never convey the high drama enacted at Sevenoaks on Saturday when Beddington met their redoubtable opponents from Kent on the historic Vine. It would be no exaggeration to describe this win as an all-time epic, more especially bearing in mind the task set them by their opponents, a task which at one stage seemed so utterly impossible to achieve. Overshadowing all else in this unforgettable day was the wonderful performance by Norman Parks batting at No.5 whose superb innings of 142 n.o. in the quite remarkable time of 148 minutes was described by all who were privileged to witness it as something quite exceptional. Following upon the departure of his valiant partner Tony Brown for 66 runs, Parks not only had to bear the almost complete responsibility for the fortunes of his side, but also to score at such a rate as to render a win for them as something more than a pipe dream. Friend and foe alike must have watched enchanted at his artistry and complete domination of the bowling, perfectly executed strokes, no less than 22 of which were worth four runs, flowed from his bat to all parts of field without exception, placed with such skill and speed it was impossible to set a field to intercept them, and what a splendid partner in this wonderful exhibition was Ron Dolby, his 25 runs were worth many a far larger score at any other time. It was entirely appropriate that the honour of making that mere single to win off the very last ball of the match should have fallen to Parks than whom no one will ever better deserve the tumultuous ovation that he received when he returned in triumph to the pavilion. A triumph knowing him as we all do, he will value even more for it worth to his side rather than his personal satisfaction. May we offer to our opponents our sincerest congratulations upon the fine spirit in which this game was fought. With a satisfying total of 276 runs in the book they must have considered defeat as something very far removed from a possibility. Their gracious acceptance in defeat and their generous appreciation of Beddington’s achievement were surely in complete accord with the great tradition of their famous club. With 20 minutes left 71 runs were required and 40 runs more in the last 15 minutes. At 7pm the game was a tie with one ball to complete the final over with John Slaven 11 n.o. The last 48 runs coming in 21 minutes. (A H Brown June 62.)
Beddington certainly had an enjoyable Cricket Week for players and spectators alike. With an easy win against Australia House on Sunday, followed by a moral victory over Surrey Club and Ground. The home side had the wrong end of a drawn game against Stoics on Wednesday. Thursday Beddington achieved a fine win against Wanderers who fielded a strong side with Roy Swetman scoring 100 n.o. also a valuable knock of 92 by Andrews. Chief feature of the Beddington’s win being a brilliant innings of 112 runs by David Ottley a 17 year old making his first appearance in the first team. Tony Brown with a skilful knock of 75 n.o. and Micky Garner 57 runs had a lot to do with Beddington’s success. Wanderers 275 runs, Beddington 278 runs for 4 wickets.
The President’s side were bowled out for 175 runs (M Reeves 5 for 48), in reply to Beddington’s total of 257 for 8 wickets with B Holt 69 runs and a dashing 89 n-o including two sixes and nine fours made by Neville Griffin. Another exciting game took place against the clock on Saturday when in spite of another exhilarating knock of 101 runs by John Robertson his second century of the week, with excellent thirties by Parks, Garner and Wills, Beddington declared at 248 for 7 wickets against the Old Whitgiftians.
M Garner, N Parks, N Griffin, L Watson, C Way, K Kasey L Wills, M Reeves, J Robertson, A Brown, J Hall
The outstanding feature of the day’s play was the complete dominance over the Beddington attack of David Straw whose 149 n.o. together with the hard hitting Martin Turner 54 runs saw them through to a fine win in the last over with the total at 250 for 4 wickets. In July the Beddington skipper John Robertson hit his third century of the season 103 n.o., in their win against Cyphers at Beddington Park, and Gilly Reay at his vantage point by the sight screen in his Surrey blazer, must have watched some superb cricket, as did the supporters. Having praised the club to the hilt this season, we were bought to our knees in August when all four side were beaten by the Banstead Club on the bank holiday weekend. Alan DeRosa who had been invited to their Annual Dinner this year, was presented with a Whitewash Brush to rapturous applause from the assembled parties. Beddington were never able to return the compliment, and the whitewash brush hung over us above the bar, until the disastrous fire at the Beddington Pavilion 1967.
This year Beddington became the top London side when they beat Brentham in the final of the Evening Standard tournament. Brentham were bowled out for 89 runs, Jake Hall taking 5 wickets for 36 runs, in reply Beddington lost the first 5 wickets for 44 runs until Dave Ottley came in to see Beddington through with a three wicket win. It was the second time that Beddington CC had won the title, and a grand finish to the club’s 99th season. We cannot be certain that the stench from the neighbours at the sewerage farm as depicted in the “Bedders” hundred year book had totally abated by the centenary year, but it was not as strong as the pong, when we entered the “Lost World” at the back end of the Beddington ground, as children, in 1950.
1963 the Centenary Year. President Sir Paul Mallinson, Bart. Life members included D Adams, R W Bulfield, J K Gass, E W Savoury, G M Reay, S H Cooper, H B Worthington, K A Oswald DSO, MC. J F Lambson, W W Binnie, P J Loader, A V A Cummins and W Hall. The Centenary Program included: Dinner Dance (April), Peter Loader benefit match (May), Cricket Week and Marquee Dance (June), Centenary Dinner (September), Club Dances (May, July, August and September). A six-a-side cricket tournament run by the club secretary Len Watson to celebrate the year, this was so successful that many other clubs followed suit with their own Tournaments, providing more entertainment for their supporters. The captain of the 1st XI for the third year running was John Robertson with Tony Brown as vice-captain and match secretary, Alan De Rosa now in his 12th year as captain of the 2nd XI with George Dolby his long standing vice-captain. Frank “Buffalo” Bridger took the captaincy of the 3rd XI for the first time due to the departure of Dick Tovell, with Brian Swain as vice-captain. Stan Berry the fourth XI captain and colts manager with Eric Farr as vice-captain, the General Committee included W Hall, S Cooper, J Gass, M Murray and F Prescott.
Beddington CC opened the season with a convincing win against Barclay’s Bank at Beddington after a fine performance by Neville Griffin who after accounting for Barclay’s three top batsmen for 18 runs, then slammed a brilliant 82 not out in 59 minutes. Beddington lost their first three for the same 18 runs, but Griffin and Parks 40 not out saw them to a seven wicket win. Ealing were next to fail with another elegant 60 runs from David Ottley in this impressive win. Beddington 219 for 6 wickets, Ealing 128 runs, with L Watson 6 for 59 runs and M Reeves 4 for 48 runs. John Robertson the Apostle of brighter cricket must have rejoiced at his side’s outstanding exhibition against the Casuals when 578 runs were scored, with Beddington’s contribution of 333 runs for 4 wickets believed to be their biggest score to date in a one day game. John Robertson lead the way in this run feast and for the second time in his career, reached his century by the lunch interval and went on to finish at 127 runs including four sixes and ten fours, with Ron Dolby 51 runs and N Parks 53 runs, yet another fantastic knock was still to come, and it came in the form of Neville Griffin who proceeded to massacre the opposition bowling and in 39 minutes he reached 95 not out, including 11 sixes, on two separate occasions he hit four successive deliveries for six. Although faced with such a massive score the visitors made a strong reply with Graham Thompson 53runs, Raman Subba Row 57 runs and Shahani 59 runs. Casuals were still 89 runs short with 2 wickets in hand when one of the best days in Beddington cricket came to a close.
The following week 2,000 spectators turned out for Peter Loader’s Benefit match against his former club. The player who stole the honours for the home side was the Tiffin’s schoolboy David Ottley who made a delightful knock of 58 runs including one six and five fours in the Beddington total of 156 runs. Peter Loaders XI included H Stewart, J Edrich, K Barrington, A McIntyre, P May, A Long, M Willet and Jefferson. The Beddington total knocked off with 7 wickets in hand, with Barrington 72 runs and Stewart 43 runs. Ottley again made his mark on the game, taking three catches to dismiss Edrich, May and Loader.
In a tight match against Mitcham on the green Maurice Reeves notched the finest bowling feat of his career, finishing with 9 wickets for 49 runs with six of them bowled, clinching a remarkable game for Beddington who at one time looked booked for defeat. The Bank Holiday week-end had been a huge success for Beddington winning all three games against Mitcham, Tramps, and Banstead. Tony Brown followed up his Saturday’s 73 runs with 110 not out at Banstead taking his weekend total to 204 runs.
The Centenary Cricket Week began on the 10th June. The Indian born Mehboob Ali had returned as promised in 1960 to the Beddington Club to take part in the celebrations and was in good form against a strong MCC side which included the former Middlesex captain Ian Bedford, the highlight of the day being an excellent knock by the Beddington veteran Bob White with 75 runs including two sixes and nine fours in the Beddington total of 253 runs for 8 declared. Beddington’s Tony Brown skippering the MCC side gave a solid knock of 49 runs but the visitors were never up with the clock with 2 wickets standing at the close. On Tuesday the Wanderers beat Beddington with a few minutes to spare with George Coker scoring 83 runs, Mike Murray was the star of the Beddington innings with 70 runs. Beddington were fortunate to escape defeat against a strong Surrey Club and Ground side including M Willet who had batted well in his innings of 72 runs, Beddington seemed at one time likely to equal the visitors score of 240 runs but they subsequently lost quick wickets and just managed to play out time with the score at 191 runs for 9 wickets. The match against Stoics on Thursday, rain stopped play by lunchtime.
On Friday Beddington played their traditional fixture with the Presidents side ending in defeat for Beddington by four wickets a fine knock of 51 runs by Tony Brown the highlight of the days play. On Saturday Mike Murray batted delightfully for 83 runs in a drawn game against Dulwich his first 50 runs coming in even time. Against Westcliff CC on Sunday Tony Brown scored 138 not out with David Ottley 86 runs in a Beddington total of 284 runs for 3 declared. Westcliff in reply scoring 214 runs for 9 wicket, the Beddington bowling seemed to lack penetration without Neville Griffin in the side.
Beddington CC now celebrating their centenary have been the “nursery” for many players who have risen to make their mark in county cricket Peter Loader David Halfyard Arnold Long R Henderson R A Sheppard and E Clifton are just a few who spring to mind. but one wonders whether even this celebrated group made such an impression as big as one tall slim lad, at Beddington Park. The player of course being David Ottley the 18 year old Tiffin’s schoolboy who arrived on the Beddington scene just about one year ago. He came into the side during the Clubs week against the Wanderers and scored 112 runs. He followed this up later by thrashing the Bank of England bowling for 143 runs. not surprising therefore that several counties were soon sitting up and taking notice. Though Dave Ottley has no plans to make cricket his career he undoubtedly had the potential to do so. Really powerful hitting is a rare quality in a player of such tender years, Ottley must surely come into this category. Dave Ottley who lived in Worcester Park was introduced to the Beddington Club by Ron Dolby who spotted him when he was a schoolmaster at Tiffin’s. Unfortunately his father, his biggest fan, was a chief engineer on an ocean going liner and was away from home for long periods. David Ottley leaves Tiffin’s this year and hopes to go to college at St. Luke’s, Exeter. Beddington will be hoping that he still has the time to play for them, because a player of Ottley’s calibre comes along very, very rarely. Ottley was to go on to play for Middlesex.
Norman Parks of Beddington became the first holder of the Jack Harrison Tankard as the best performer of the day in Saturday’s game against the Old Whitgiftians. Parks bowled with considerable hostility to take 3 wickets for 57 runs with wicket keeper Colin Way catching all three victims, Parks then went on to score 42 runs. The trophy is being awarded annually in memory of one of Old Whitgiftian’s best known cricketers who died recently. In September Neville Griffin played for the Club Cricket Conference against the West Indies at the Bat and Ball ground Gravesend, having previously played against the MCC at East Molesey this season. He obtained his CCC cap in 1959. He played in one first class match for Surrey in 1963 scoring 7 runs in the first innings and 83 not out in the second innings giving him an average of 90 runs. An impressive gathering of Gentlemen were welcomed as guest to the Centenary Dinner at The Greyhound Hotel, Croydon in September. These included the President Sir Paul Mallinson, Bart. Raman Subba-Row Esq. H M Garland-Wells, W S Surridge, K F Barrington, H F Edney, K King, R N Lewis, M J Stewart. G Croft, and C Parry from the Bank of England. A Day to Remember: During this period Colin Cowdrey came to the club with the MCC after a successful tour in India, his father had met his mother while playing at the Beddington Club (Circa 1928). With the Beddington innings completed in even time the MCC lost a couple of early wickets to Prescott and Hall, when in came Colin Cowdrey who proceeded to scratch around for the next twenty minutes scoring the occasional run. The skipper Mike Murray had decided to take matters into his own hands and bowl himself, at the same time moving the fielders into attacking positions, Micky Garner up to silly-mid-on and Fred Prescott into the gully position. The first three balls were played in test match fashion towards mid-off, annoyed by this Mike Murray then bowled a full toss. Colin Cowdrey open his shoulders with the intension of hitting the ball through the covers for four, instead he got a thick edge to Fred Prescott in the gully, Fred with legs akimbo stuck out his good left arm and the ball stuck in the palm of his hand. Fred Prescott not the best fielder in the world, could not believe he had caught the ball, looked up in amazement at the surrounding fielders who were all in gleeful hysterics, while a disgruntled Colin Cowdrey walked back to the Pavilion.
To make the Sunday fixtures stronger it was decided at committee to run two 1st XI sides, a Sunday whole day 1st XI and a Sunday half day 1st XI. John Robertson again offered his services as 1st XI captain for the Saturday fixtures with M Murray as captain on Sunday. Alan DeRosa the 2nd XI captain for the last 12 years stood down to be replaced by Fred Prescott, while the long term vice-captain and team secretary George Dolby remained in office now part of the furniture. Frank Bridger took the captaincy of the 3rd XI, with the bar secretary Brian Swain as vice-captain a fine combination. Stan Berry and Eric Farr took charge of the 4th XI. In July the youthful David Ottley had returned to Beddington from St Luke’s, Exeter.
Beddington started the season with two weekend wins, but had to be content with a draw against Banstead at Beddington on Bank Holiday Monday with R Dolby 84 runs and M Garner 54 runs, the first four batsmen going for 70 runs. Maurice Reeves was among the wickets again in Beddington’s victory against the Casuals. It was about this time that Norman Parks and Frank Bridger moved into the Pavilion as residents during the Cricket Week purely for security reasons, the term used. The popular Six-a-side competition would continue during the week, and Beddington village will be invited to take Banstead’s place in the competition this year. Ken Melton had agreed to take charge of the colts and their matches, helped by R Dolby. Junior playing members this year included Nick Derrick, Tony Ward, J Buck and R Crisp. At the monthly committee meeting N Wills and J Slaven had agreed to be our representatives at the Long Ditton single wicket tournament this season. Neville Griffin was selected for the Club Cricket Conference against New Zealand Cricket Council at the Guinness Ground, Park Royal in July.
A Wills, J Hall, M Reeves, N Griffin, D Otley, N Parks, R Stevens, J Roberts (umpire) A Brown, J Robertson, R Dolby, M Garner
Back row l-r E Hill, L Sweetman, D Parker, A Wiseman, ?, R White, A Darkins, M Scullard Front row l-r P Hancock (scorer) G Dolby, F Prescott, B Holt, B Butchers
The combination of speed with John Hall and spin Maurice Reeves were too much for Beckenham early in the season. Beddington did not find scoring easy against Derek Underwood the Kent and England bowler on a rain affected wicket, when they were bowled out for 122 runs with Mike Murray again the top scorer, in reply Beckenham lost 5 wickets for a paltry 20 runs and were bowled out for 59 runs, Derek Underwood scoring 36 of them, with John Hall taking 5 wickets for 27 runs and Reeves 4 wickets for 17 runs. Neville Griffin was back among the wickets after a quite spell in the early season, but brilliant bowling in the Cricket week saw his return to form when he took 6 wickets for 17 runs in the Wanderers total of 82 runs, Beddington won with time to spare by 8 wickets with opening bat Alan Darkins 48 not out. The week continued with the Civil Service Crusaders, Stoics, and the President’s XI, with Old Whitgiftians on Saturday. The Beddington A team won the six-a-side competition beating a strong Sutton side at the end of the Week. The Beddington side of N Parks, N Armstrong, M Garner, K Kasey, N Griffin and J Slaven were presented with the cup by our very own Mr Gilly Reay who had been there for us all the week.
David Ottley brought his run total to 769 for Beddington in 11 completed innings since the end of July against Bank of England at Roehampton. Ottley was in his usual cavalier mood hitting 71 n.o. Ottley and Garner 54 runs put on 117 runs together after overcoming a difficult period at the start Beddington declared at 187 for 4 wickets. The Bank seemed in distress at 24 for 4 wickets but hung on to the end with 159 for 6 wickets, the spinners Reeves and Watson being ineffective. M Reeves was back to his best form the next day taking 6 wickets for 63 runs to help in a 60 run win over Musketeers, earlier in the Beddington innings Norman Parks was again in good nick hitting 78 runs including eight fours.
There were fine displays of brighter cricket in August when Tony Brown 78 runs, David Ottley 70 runs, and Neville Griffin who added 38 runs in a mere 23 minutes, in their win against Malden Wanderers. Another run riot on Sunday saw Ottley leading the way to victory over Romany at Beddington with a picture-book 101 n.o. including two sixes and 14 fours, Griffin went one better by scoring 82 runs of which 77 came in an exhilarating 38 minutes. Romany were then bowled out for 94 runs the remarkable feature of their innings was that all their batsmen were clean bowled, with John Hall capturing 7 wickets for 40 runs in 16 overs. In September Maurice Reeves 5 wickets for 18 runs against local rivals Wallington CC took his final total of wickets for the season to 99 wickets and the following day went on to claim his 100th victim.
In a half-day fixture at Hesketh Park on Sunday Dartford did well to hold a Beddington CC side skippered by Brian Butchers considered at this time, to be one of the strongest club sides in the country, included among their members, are several who play for their County 2nd XI. Against the Dartford attack led by Truelove who took 5 wickets for 59 runs, the visiting batsmen – apart from Brian Butchers who made 115 runs – were made to look very ordinary, as only three other batsmen reached double figures. The home side soon lost two early wickets follow by a 100 partnership but in their attempt to obtain quick runs Dartford lost wickets and when the game ended they still required 23 runs. Beddington 211 for 8 declared, Dartford 188 for 9 wickets.
At the Beddington Club, Gilly Reay one of the most respected and beloved personalities in local cricket had just celebrated 60 years in sport and to mark the occasion the club made him a special presentation during their annual dinner at the Greyhound Croydon. His best analysis for Surrey was against Leicestershire at the Oval: 19 overs, 6 maidens, 5 wickets for 51 runs .
It was in this year that the 23-year-old Arnold Long, another fine Beddington wicket keeper, broke the world record when he made 11 catches, one better than the previous record. To make his achievement even more enjoyable his tenth victim was the England skipper Ted Dexter followed by Bob Pountain the next ball. It was not until lunch that someone was able to confirm that it was a world record, ‘Ob Long’ said “I could hardly believe it”!
In the spring of 1965 Jack Roberts the long term 1st XI umpire had a stroke and it was uncertain whether he would be allowed to umpire this season. At the committee meeting in April the chairman spoke of the recent death of Mr R W Bulfield our historian and life-member, and a short silence was observed as a tribute and a token of the esteem in which he was held by the club. Jack Roberts was advised not to umpire in the future due to his health. Permission was granted for the Surrey 2nd XI to play Essex 2nd XI on our ground in August.
On a rain affected wicket in May against Malden Wanderers, Beddington open the batting in continuous rain with Brian Butchers who contributed 26 runs to the total of 121 for 8 declared, Micky Garner promoted to No 3, played a fine innings of 42 runs but generally the unpleasant conditions left little to excite enthusiasm with Malden winning at 125 for 6 wickets, Tredwell 45 runs and Cope undefeated on 38 runs.
The highlights of Beddington’s overwhelming win over Coutts Bank on Sunday when Norman Parks recorded his second highest score for Beddington in truly magnificent form, hitting one six and 13 fours in an undefeated knock of 133 runs. he received sound support from Murray Robertson and Dolby, Parks and Dolby putting on 121 runs together in Beddington’s total of 227 for 5 declared. The bank facing Jake Hall and M Reeves never looked like making the runs and were bowled out for 76 runs. J Hall 6 wickets for 24 runs in15 overs. Beddington showed scant respect for the arctic condition at Mitcham, livened up the day with a warming exhibition of cricket to beat the home team soundly. Mitcham’s skipper Vick Hucknall set them a target of 156 runs in 135 minutes, Micky Garner laid about their attack with such zest for 72 runs that they won with 30 minutes and 5 wickets in hand.
In a drawn match against South Hampstead at Beddington it was again the middle order batting of Dolby, Garner, Robertson and Wills that enabled Beddington to declare at 191 runs for 7 wickets. South Hampstead struggled against the bowling of Griffin, Parks, Kasey, Reeves and Watson at 86 runs for 7 wickets when stumps were drawn. The International Cavaliers led by Trevor Bailey played Mickey Stewart Surrey XI in a knock-out cup match at Beddington Park with Surrey declaring at 165 for 5 wickets with John Edrich 51 runs and Beddington’s Neville Griffin stealing his thunder with a fine 42 runs in 19 minutes an exhilarating performance for the local supporters. But the star studded International Cavaliers were never in difficulty and ran out winners by 8 wickets. Barry Knight 41 runs Mushtaq Ali 61 not out and Keith Fletcher 36 not out batted with polish at 167 for 2 wickets.
Norman Parks gave Beddington spectators another fine treat on Saturday taking only 120 minutes to score a fine 113 not out his second century of the season, in a drawn match against Spencer. Dick Tarrant their outstanding performer with an enterprising 74 runs. In July Norman Parks became the first Beddington batsman to reach 1,000 runs for the season in a win against Purley. With Beddington declaring at 164 runs for 4 wickets, Purley were bowled out for 70 runs by the guile and dexterity of Len Watson’s entertaining googlies, taking 7 wickets for only 29 runs, nine batsmen failed to reach double figures. David Ottley and Randall Stevens had returned from St Luke’s Exeter in August. David Ottley lead the onslaught against Wallington in the local derby at Hillside Gardens with 101 not out, supported by skipper Parks 36 runs in their declaration total of 172 runs for 2 wickets. Neville Griffin who followed Parks swept a colossal six out of the ground the ball going clean through the window of a neighbouring house. In the Wallington innings Len Watson claimed the first of his six victims with only eight runs scored and later dealt Wallington a further heavy blow by bowling Derek Ralph for 12 runs. Wallington were eventually bowled out for 77 runs Watson 6 for 28. In August a letter of resignation was sent to the Committee by Brian Holt the 2nd XI opening bat.
The tour this year was a mixed affair with Kath Reeves and Kate Butchers joining the party, the tour organised by Nick Wills and David Ottley, transport for the tour by private cars, staying at the “Sea Trout” Inn Totnes. The sleeping accommodation for the players, a converted barn sleeping eight, with the family parties in rooms attached to the Inn. The first game on Monday skippered by Micky Garner against Ashburton CC resulted in a win for the Beddington team. A very amusing incident occurred in this game when Maurice Reeves bowling on a sticky wicket had two decisions given out LBW by the Beddington umpire for the day Nick Wills, the Ashburton umpire complaining bitterly about these decision at square leg. Frank Bridger the off-spinner at the other end, came across to the captain Micky Garner and asked if he could change ends in order to satisfy the complainant. This was duly achieved and Maurice Reeves with the very first ball of the next over appealed for LBW, the batsman on the back foot in front of the stumps absolutely plumb out. The Ashburton umpire dropped his head, slowly raising his finger in disbelief. Beddington went on to an easy win with young Graham Harding featuring in his first innings on tour. Ron Dolby preferring the company of the wives decided to take them up on to Dartmoor, this had been a most enjoyable week, with Dave Ottley and Randall Stevens the local guides to all the pubs frequented during their time at St Luke’s Exeter. On the return journey home David Ottley hit a superb hundred against a strong Swindon CC team. Brian and Kate Butchers went off on Friday to join the Spencer- Spar Ramblers tour of Devon.
Front row: G Brown, F Prescott Second row: R Collins, A Brown, R Riseboro, A Down, K Dolby, J Wray Back row: D Parker, P Pepper, B Paul, J Milligan, A Cummings, A Murtagh, D Hicks
It had been a rain affected season and In September Beddington’s “spin twins” Reeves and Watson sent Banstead crashing to 135 all out. Murray and Robertson saw Beddington well on the way to victory at 137 for 5 wickets. On Sunday Hornsey were routed by Norman Parks 5 for 13 runs with Butchers 4 for 28 runs, with the aid of three fine catches by wicket-keeper Randall Stevens. With a modest score of 88 runs to beat, Beddington easily knocked off the runs with only one wicket down, A Brown 43 not out and N Parks 32 not out. A new arrival at the club from Cambridge University in August, David Daniels would be welcomed to the already strong 1st XI and 2nd XI for next season.
In September Beddington played Wanstead in the North v South final of the Evening Standard League. As a jest to try and intimidate our rivals, Gilly Reay arrived at the Ealing Ground proudly displaying his Brown Surrey Blazer and carrying Brian Butchers cricket bag, hoping the opposition would think he was playing. It was always a joy to have his support.
Back row: B Butchers L Wills JK Hall D Ottley N Griffin R Stevens M Garner Front row: J Robertson M Reeves ND Parks AM Brown
Beddington played Wanstead from Essex. In the final of the Evening Standard Championship. Beddington won the match, played at Ealing CC Ground
Beddington had a disastrous start losing A Brown, L Wills, N Parks and D Ottley for 48 runs, it was only with the stubborn resistance of the middle order batsmen, J Robertson 26 runs, M Garner 43 runs and N Griffin 26 runs, that Beddington were able to reach a total of 165 runs. The Wanstead innings began in style scoring 73 runs for the loss of 4 wickets but, they had no answer to the destructive speed of Jake Hall 19 overs, 10 maidens, 3 wickets for 23 runs and the intrepid spin of Maurice Reeves 12 overs, 3 maidens, 6 wickets for 25 runs.
Beddington’s leg spin bowler Brian Butchers, joined in the victory with five overs, one maiden and one wicket for 15 runs, Wanstead had lost by 75 runs. Beddington said their goodbyes to Wanstead in their normal manner over a jug of beer in the bar, with our mascot Gilly Reay still in his Surrey blazer. Maurice Reeves and Micky Garner cheered and waved at every red traffic light on the way home from the match, from the Reeves’ open-topped sports car.
September was a sad month for Beddington when Gerry Ingram and Alan De Rosa captain of the 2nd XI from 1952-1963 died. Stan Berry was unable to stand as 4th XI captain for the coming season as he was moving to Crawley. At the same time Mike Murray announced that he would not be standing as captain of the Sunday whole day XI next season.
Norman Parks had said he would stand for both Saturday and Sunday teams. In a ballot for 3rd XI captain, between Brian Swain and Frank Bridger, Brian Swain was elected for the season. The replacement for the 4th XI captain was David Simmons with Micky Aldir as vice-captain. George Coates had offered to umpire the 1st XI next season.
New members this year included John Bowles, Bill Page, G Knight, Dave Arnold, S Murray, C Richardson, Brent Stevens, John Buck and Antony Cummins. The Chipmonks hired the back ground in May and Doug Hicks was here to stay. In an effort to field stronger teams, Beddington started all their matches in cricket week at 2 o’clock and finished at 8 o’clock.
Peter Coates the groundsman for 35 years, had decided to retire at the end of the season. To show their appreciation of his long service the club had given him a benefit match at the end of May when England and Surrey star Ken Barrington fielded a side at Beddington. The first team would once again be skippered by Norman Parks with M Reeves as vice-captain, Fred Prescott as 2nd XI captain for a third term and George Dolby as vice-captain for as long as anyone could remember.
For the first time for many years Beddington opened the season with three successive Saturday defeats. Against Cyphers at Beckenham they went down by 26 runs. Cyphers owed much to Neil Small who batted well for 62 runs, but once he left M Reeves wreaked havoc, with the remaining batsmen finishing with 5 wickets for 40 runs in their total of 135 runs. Beddington made an unconvincing start losing their first three wickets for a mere handful of runs. Tony Brown and Micky Garner pulled things round considerably and a win seemed on the cards but when Brown left for 45 runs and Garner followed with a sound 30 runs Beddington’s batting became about as brittle as a politician’s pledge. Eight batsmen were able to muster between them a beggarly 37 runs in a total of 109 runs. On Sunday Beddington skittled out half the Casuals side for 26 runs in a total of 84 runs. The wickets were shared between Neville Griffin, Ken Kasey and Maurice Reeves. Beddington lost wickets at frequent intervals and right to the end it was anyone’s game. Garner batted well for 24 runs, but it was left to Norman Parks in a knock of 26 n.o. to score the winning runs in a closely fought match.
On the 22nd May 1966, International Gallaher Cricketeers captained by Mike Smith came to the Beddington Club. Rain delayed the start of the match. Beddington managed two hours of batting finally declaring at 155 for 7 wickets leaving Gallaher Cricketeers 80 minutes in which to get the runs. There was some fine stroke play in the Beddington innings from Brown, Parks, Garner and Dolby. Garner had the honour of hitting one of the afternoon’s two sixes. Mike Smith varied his bowling giving John Snow, David Brown, Alan Oakman, Brian Close, Ken Barrington, Mike Willett and Billy Ibadulla a chance. Beddington got the wicket of Ibadulla when the cricketeers had made 28 runs in reply, but when Oakman was joined by Jim Parks the run rate accelerated, at 73 runs, Mike Smith then came to the wicket, the partnership ended at 131 runs when Oakman was bowled by B Butchers for 62 runs. Former South African Test Player John Fellows-Smith finally hit the winning runs with a 4, a convincing 7 wicket victory in one hour’s batting.
On Saturday 11th June Norman Parks won the J W Harrison Trophy for the third time, when he starred in a fourth wicket stand of 103 runs with Brian Butchers to a fine victory over Old Whitgiftians. Parks contribution was a brilliant 83 n.o. including 7 fours, at 70 runs for 3 wickets, Brian Butchers joined Parks for the stand of the day and made a commendable 40 runs when Beddington declared at 195 runs for 4 wickets. In reply Old Whitgiftians were bowled out for 174 runs with Butchers taking 4 wickets for 25 runs and Len Watson claiming another four victims. Brian Butchers had been chosen to receive the trophy, but failed to turn up at the presentation, so the trophy was automatically handed to Norman Parks. (“Butch” as usual was still devouring doughnuts in the Pavilion.) In a win against Guildford on the next day Maurice Reeves took his 50th wicket of the season with 4 wickets for 50 runs. A great stand between Tony Brown 72 runs and Ron Dolby 33 runs, enabled Beddington to win the match after an anxious start by 5 wickets.
Beddington Cricket Week began against the Civil Service Crusaders on Monday with the Wanderers on Tuesday, Surrey Club and Ground and Stoics finishing the week with the President’s XI, matches now starting at 2 pm ending at 8 pm. Good results were achieved during the week apart from losing to a strong Surrey C & G side with Mike Willet 79 runs and Micky Stewart 54 runs in their total of 216 for 5 declared. In reply Beddington were bowled out for 142 runs with B Butchers 50 runs and N Parks 46 runs. Marriott taking 5 wickets for 41 runs for Surrey.
On the following Saturday Beddington ran out winners in an all-day match played at Sevenoaks Vine. Beddington 169 runs, Sevenoaks 161 runs. An opening partnership between J Robertson and A Brown of 69 runs in 46 minutes included 8 fours with Brown’s final total 47 runs with 9 fours, with 150 runs on the board with 4 batsmen out, lunch was taken with the comfortable feeling that a substantial final score would be reached. But the left-hand leg spin of Derek Preston of Kent worked a remarkable change with six wickets falling for the addition of a miserable 19 runs. The only Beddington batsmen to stem the tide were David Parker and Brian Butchers, leaving Sevenoaks a modest total of 169 runs in almost four hours to win. From appearing somewhat innocuous, the Beddington attack adroitly handled by Norman Parks suddenly assumed lethal proportions and wickets fell with monotonous regularity. The combination of Watson, Reeves, and Hall and wicket keeper Roger Crisp proved to be more than sufficient to secure the win.
Back row: Ken Kasey, Rowley Walton, Brian Butchers, Norman Parks, Mick Garner Front row: George Coats, Ron Dolby, Morris Reeves, Tony Brown, George Dolby, Neville Griffin, Graham Brown
Beddington followed their fine win on Saturday, inflicting a crushing defeat on Beckenham on Sunday. There were fine knocks by Dolby, Garner, Griffin and Butchers, Butchers total of 53 runs being exactly equalled by Neville Griffin whose n.o. innings contained a six and six fours all in the space of 44 minutes. Only two of the visitors reached double figures in their total of 65 runs, Ken Kasey for Beddington finishing with the outstanding analysis of 6 wickets for 26 runs. The old adage ‘catches win matches’ came into play when an amazing epidemic of dropped catches undoubtedly cost Beddington victory against Dulwich. Len Watson suffered most having to watch as catch after catch was put on the floor. Beddington had scored 169 for 9 declared with N Griffin 45 runs and Brian Butchers 46 n.o. Dulwich profited the most from Beddington’s attack of butterfingers, salvaging a draw with 150 for 9 wickets. Len Watson had the admirable figures of 6 wickets for 45 runs, despite the punishment inflicted upon him by his own fielders.
Butchers was in fine form again against Westcliff-on-Sea scoring 51 n.o. with N Parks 65 runs in their innings of 193 for 6 declared. The Essex side found Beddington spinner Maurice Reeves in one of his most destructive moods, taking a splendid 7 wickets for 21runs, no less than 16 of his 23 overs being maidens, as the visitors crashed to defeat for 90 runs.
In July Neville Griffin hit a sparkling 73 n.o. and a bowling analysis of 4 wickets for 42 runs in a fine win against Cyphers. Beddington amply avenged the defeat of the corresponding match at South Hampstead the previous year, running out winners by 50 runs. Once again Griffin was in good form scoring 68 runs, useful scores of 22, 27, and 29 runs were knocked by Tony Brown, John Robertson and Micky Garner and a noteworthy eighth wicket stand of 30 runs by Bill Page and Maurice Reeves. With Parks, Brown and Griffin once again taking the wickets and Randall Stevens holding three fine catches behind the stumps, South Hampstead were dismissed for 143 runs. Old Whitgiftians won the Beddington six-a-side knockout competition at Beddington Park for the second year running beating Purley in the final. Beddington were knocked out in the semi-finals.
Back row: R Walton, B Butchers, J Hall, M Murray, A Brown, L Watson, M Garner, R Stevens Seated: J Robertson, N Parks, M Reeves
Beddington CC crushed Addiscombe CC who were dismissed for 45 runs on a fiery wicket, no less than nine of the Addiscombe batsmen were caught out by superb fielding and catching by another excellent Beddington keeper in Randall Stevens. His fine work behind the stumps brought him a further three victims making a total of eleven since his return at the end of June. The Beddington openers Murray and Robertson made light work of the task of scoring the 46 runs required to win.
Another easy victory was achieved on Sunday when The Mote were bowled out for 110 runs. Ken Kasey taking 5 wickets for 32 runs in 13 overs and Neville Griffin 4 wickets for 24 runs, although Beddington lost their first two wickets for 13 runs, John Robertson with 37 runs and Micky Garner 49 n.o. played fine aggressive cricket to pass The Mote total with 4 wickets down. Purley CC batsmen seemed completely mesmerised by Beddington’s Len Watson at the end of July. In 17 overs, 9 of them maidens, he returned 7 wickets for 16 runs, one of his best performances to date, Purley bowled out for 78 runs.
An enterprising knock by Roland Walton helped Beddington on the way to victory at 79 for 3 wickets with ample time to spare, with Tony Brown 34 n.o. At Malden Wanderers, a talented side, Beddington declared at 167 for 8 wickets with Neville Griffin dominating the innings with an undefeated 85 runs which included a six and eleven fours. When Wanderers batted there were three quick wickets for Maurice Reeves, then followed a valuable 25 runs by South African Proctor who had earlier taken 4 wickets for 45 runs. But the outlook changed completely when Steve Russell, captain designate of Cambridge University, a newcomer to Beddington. After dismissing Carling for 13 runs, he handed marching orders to Russell Endean the South African test match opener, clean bowled for only two runs, with Richard Hutton for a similar score and with the help of Neville Griffin, Malden Wanderers were bowled out for 85 runs.
In August Beddington Park was the venue for the Surrey 2nd XI in a two day game against Essex 2nd XI. This had been a very good season for Skipper Norman Parks who had encouraged brighter cricket with generous declaration and good use of the younger talent now available. David Otley, Randall and Brent Stevens, Andrew Murtagh, Graham Brown and Steven Russell.
At the end of the season J Robertson and N Griffin led another runs spree against old rivals Australia House. In a brilliant display of batting John Robertson hit 111 runs in just under even time, with Neville Griffin 69 n.o. Beddington declared at 209 for 3 wickets. When Australia House batted disaster followed disaster, and at one point the scoreboard read 10 runs for 7 wickets, hostile bowling by Stephen Russell finished with the analysis of 5 wickets for 27 runs, Australia House dismissed for 73 runs. Maurice Reeves with 1 wicket for 16 runs added to his remarkable midweek spell of 8 wickets for 14 runs against Wallington Manor, bringing his total for the season to 103 wickets.
At the Annual Dinner at The Aerodrome Hotel, Croydon organised by David Simmons. In the Chair J K Gass, Esq. Our guests were proposed by E W Farr, response by Sir Leary N Constantine, M.B.E. A perfect end to the 103rd season. There were a number of resignation in the closed season M Kebell, D Parker, E Harris D Neighbour and M Murray resigned as a playing member to a Non playing member. Things did not improve when in December a fire destroyed the main hall of the 1931 Wooden Pavilion. M Murray had left Beddington CC and had taken a position as treasurer and playing member, with the Middlesex CC at Lords.
On the 31st January Gilly Reay died in hospital aged 80 years, he had assisted Beddington CC in many ways for 42 years ,several of which as captain of the 1st XI, he had earned the title of ” The patron saint of Beddington “. The Doctor Barnardo’s boy Ted Hill, was made an MBE in the New Year Honours list. He had been a Squadron Leader and rear gunner in the R A F, during World War Two. The Council had done their best to restore the showers and toilets after the fire, but by February the whole Pavilion was fenced off, with part of Scott’s Cafe being offered as an alternative Pavilion.
At the general committee meeting in February Jack Gass resigned as Chairman over a disagreement regarding Peter Coates’ life membership. John Robertson offered to take his place. At the beginning of March after a considerable amount of work by Brian Swain, Scott’s Cafe became available as the Beddington clubhouse. Although only one outright win was recorded by Beddington the cricket week provided not only unusually brilliant weather, but exciting finishes galore. In fact it was the type of cricket that the numerous spectators appreciated.
Overshadowing other good individual performances was the remarkable batting of Tony Brown, in the cricket week, he followed his great feat of carrying his bat for 101 runs against Civil Service Crusaders, by scoring 68 runs against Stoics, and on Friday an undefeated 71runs against the President XI, gave him a total of 240 runs for only once out. All games during the week being drawn. Beddington lost the next game against Sevenoaks Vine, Beddington bowled out for 160 runs. There were well over 100 runs on the board when Morris the opener for the Vine, on 79 runs was dismissed by Micky Garner making his first appearance as a bowler, the only wicket to fall in the Sevenoaks innings of 166 for 1 wicket. On Sunday Griffin and Kasey dismissed Beckenham for 88 runs with Beddington scoring 91 for 3 wickets in reply.
In August Beddington had a special midweek game against South African Universities touring side, at Beddington Park. Even though they lost the game Beddington fully extended the visitors who had only lost two of their previous games against Kent 2nd XI, outstanding performers with the bat for Beddington being N Parks with a brilliant 105 runs and A Murtagh a promising new young player with 40 runs. The visitors fared badly against Russell and Selvey with 6 wickets down for only 89 runs, but held on to a 3 wicket victory. Games against Purley and East Molesey returned easy victories for the Beddington side during August the exceptions being Old Whitgiftians and Finchley. The game against Esher was a one-sided affair, Beddington bowled out on a sticky wicket for 114 runs. Esher were soon in trouble facing the assorted attack of Russell, Selvey, and Willett bowled out for 64 runs, with Willett 4 wickets for 14 runs. Ken Kasey was among the leading bowlers this season, considering the rivalry for places in the 1st XI.
New members to the club this year included Martin Seymou,r D Murtagh, M Selvey as playing members, A Cummins, J Cummins and R Cummins as schoolboy holiday members, the sons of Arnold and Pat Cummins and Nephews of Gilly Reay. Mike Willett the 34 year old Surrey cricketer who announced his retirement from first class cricket, as member of the MCC, Beddington CC and Carshalton FC, he would be a great asset to Beddington CC, with the start of league cricket imminent in the near future. The committee without the “Baron” Jack Gass, found in favour of a life membership being given to Peter Coates for his 25 years of dedication and care of the clubhouse, the bordering fields and hedges, and cricket squares and nets in summer and winter, for very little return. The general committee for 1967 J K Gass, S Cooper, M Reeves, F Bridger, B Butchers, D Simmons, R White and skipper John Robertson, this being the last year that John Robertson skippered the 1st XI. Sir Paul Mallinson had advised the secretary that he is not seeking re-election as President of the club and was adamant in his decision. It was agreed that Jack Gass was the most suited person to become the next president of the club due to his loyalty and service to the club for the last 30 years and was duly elected.
Although Beddington CC were still without a really adequate pavilion, they were hoping for a successful season in the new Surrey Clubs Championship, even though some of their players will not be available until the end of the summer term, they should be well represented with such promising performers as Andrew Murtagh, Roland Walton, Roy Payne and Brent Stevens returning in July. The 1st XI will be skippered by Norman Parks in his 5th year as captain, with Tony Brown as vice-captain and captain of the Sunday Whole Day 1X, also for the 5th year running Fred Prescott would captain the 2nd XI, with George Dolby as vice-captain. Norman Parks had played a big part in the formation of the Surrey Clubs Championship this year, after many anxious moments. The championship consisted of teams from club 1st XIs and 2nd XIs and also a knock-out colts competition.
In April it had been announced that Stephen Russell and Michael Selvey now at Beddington, are contenders for the job of supporting Geoff Arnold’s pace bowling at the Surrey Oval, but with many of the old guard available, the club should still provide some fine entertainment in the Park. The first two Championship games were abandoned when rain stopped play throughout the 1st and 2nd League’s. After a succession of ruined games, Beddington had a fine win against their North London rivals South Hampstead a Sunday fixture, Neville Griffin was once again in brilliant form his 68 runs compiled in only 86 minutes with Beddington, 186 for 5 declared, Ron Dolby achieved one of his best bowling performances with fine figures of 6 wickets for 35 runs in South Hampstead’s reply of 73 all out. He was supported by some brilliant fielding four catches being held off his bowling. Dave Ottley gave Beddington a great win with an unbeaten 111 not–out against Spencer at Beddington Park. Steven Russell who bowled 17 overs in taking 4 wickets for 55 runs, was Beddington’s most successful bowler.
The game against Guildford CC was transferred to the Oval, in such famous surroundings the sides produced highly entertaining cricket with Beddington taking the honours. Left with only 170 minutes to score 220 runs for victory they accomplished their task with 15 minutes to spare. The star of the Beddington innings was Graham Brown, with 80 runs in only 92 minutes with 2 sixes and 14 fours, he was magnificently supported by John Robertson who hit 11 boundaries in his 71 runs and Neville Griffin, whose undefeated knock contained 8 fours including the winning hit.
On the 1st of August Beddington 2nd XI captain Fred Prescott bowled 10 overs against Cyphers at Beddington Park, nine of them maidens and only one scoring shot for two runs were played. In that time Fred took seven Cypher’s wickets to finish with 7 wickets for two runs with Beddington winning by 140 runs. At Cyphers the Beddington 1st XI scored 168 runs thanks to first class performances by Micky Garner 61 runs and Lex Wills with 51 runs, but nobody dreamt that they would win by 154 runs, when both bowlers returned remarkable analysis, Mike Selvey 9 overs 6 maidens 8 runs for 4 wickets, with Steve Russell 8.3 overs, 7 maidens, 4 runs for 5 wickets. Cyphers were all out for 14 runs. Old Alleynians suffered the same fate on Sunday, when N Griffin scored 100 runs in 70 minutes, with Parks 58 runs and Ottley 50 runs in 31 minutes leaving Old Alleynians confused and confounded by the pace of Selvey and Beer in their total of 82 runs.
The following week Selvey was called up by Surrey for their match against Gloucestershire at the Oval. Selvey who was introduced to the club by opening batsman Tony Brown, who met the pace man while playing in an MCC side. Selvey is currently studying at Manchester University. The 1st Championship Year finished with Sutton CC, taking the winning pennant, with Beddington in 8th place. The 2nd XI fared better coming 3rd in their division. In September the game against Australia House at Beddington Park was over in 97 minutes, when Brent Stevens and Steven Russell bowled them out for 15 runs, Beddington in reply scored 16 runs without loss. On Sunday 26th of September Beddington played their last club Match of the season.
The captains all reported a depressingly wet and a far from successful season at the November AGM and the position regarding the Pavilion still remained rather obscure. Changes in officer for the coming year, Dick Riseboro would be running the bar and M M Spencer would skipper the fourth XI, with Duncan Robson as vice-captain. Mr Bob White requested to transfer from playing member to non-playing member this season, and David Parker was re-elected as a playing member. The resignation of Steve Russell as playing member was received with regret. The Beddington colts became the first champions of the SCCCA, knock-out competition.
The rebuilding of the Pavilion was due to start in October of this year, the builder specified 26 weeks until completion April 1970. Opening their season at Beddington Park in May, Beddington were off to a fine start with 48 runs for the first wicket, Tony Brown recorded the top score with 33 runs in their total of 139 for 9 declared. An impressive debut was made by Australian Barry Thornton who took 5 for 32 in 16 overs, with Len Watson 3 for 32 runs in 13 overs, Barclay’s Bank in reply bowled out for 82 runs. On Sunday a superb 106 n.o. by David Ottley was the highlight of Beddington’s three wicket victory over Ealing, following his successful debut on Saturday Barry Thornton again bowled well taking 6 wickets for 50 runs in 18 overs. Beddington 150 for 7 with Ealing 149 all out. In their first Championship match at Dulwich, an uninspiring match finished in a tame draw. Against Coutt’s Bank on Sunday Beddington declared at 212 for 9 Wickets, Brian Butchers 61 runs with nine fours and Neville Griffin 48 runs in 45 minutes. In reply the Bank were no match for the home side, collapsed dismally, with no less than five of their last seven batsmen adding precisely nothing to the score, bowled out for 75 runs, Nick Wills taking 4 wickets for 28 runs while Griffin had 3 wickets for 14 runs.
Beddington scored an easy 117 run Surrey Championship victory over Old Emmanuel at Beddington Park at the start of the season with Barry Thornton taking 8 wickets for 14 runs in 13 overs of which six were maidens the Old boys skittled out for 36 runs. Beddington in their innings had lost an early wicket, but Parks and Griffin took the score to 50 runs, wickets then fell at regular intervals, Micky Garner being top scorer with 48 n.o. and Lex Wills 28 n.o.
The 2nd XI had started the season leading their division with eight points after three games. At Beddington in July a crowd of around 2000 took advantage of the fine weather to see Surrey cricketer Mike Willet’s XI beat Beddington CC by 2 wickets, in a benefit match for Willet and his Oval colleague David Gibson. More than 550 runs were scored in an afternoon of entertaining cricket, with contributions coming from M Willet 72 n.o. D Gibson, R Subba, Row, Taylor and Pritchett.
Beddington ended their home Cricket Week with two wins, two defeats and a draw. On Friday Beddington were thrashed by Gaieties who scored 197 for 7 declared, in reply Beddington were bowled out for 66 runs. In July David Ottley now playing for Middlesex 2nd XI steered Beddington to victory against Cyphers at Beckenham with a great 86 runs including 14 fours. Aussie Barry Thornton had by now taken 64 wickets for Beddington CC 1st IX.
Against Tiffin Tersels. Beddington declared at 216 for 6 wickets, Graham Brown 76 runs, Micky Garner 60 runs, with some breezy batting by John Robertson for 35 n.o. David Ottley this time playing for the opposition was again in form with a fine 55 runs, kept the Tersels in the hunt, with Randall Stevens scoring a useful 28 n.o. to draw the game, with Nick Wills for Beddington taking 4 wickets for 37 runs. This year Old Whitgiftians who had played Beddington CC for 100 years, well deserved their decisive win at Beddington Park, scoring 183 runs against a deplorable display of batting by the Beddington team for 95 runs, their leading scorer being Brian Butchers with an admirable 56 runs, the home sides batting is best summed up by the fact that out of a total of 95 runs, no less than 86 runs were contributed by three players.
At the end of August Beddington CC 2nd IX clinched the 2nd Division title in the Surrey Championship when they resoundingly beat East Molesey at Beddington Park, their 11th victory of the year under skipper Fred Prescott, Geoff Knight taking 4 wickets for 14 runs and Ron Dolby 3 wickets for 23 runs and their fine skipper Fred Prescott 2 wickets for 24 runs. The Beddington 1st XI skippered by Norman Parks finished the season in 14th place with only three wins this year. Steven Russell had joined the Sutton CC this season from Beddington, and Epsom CC became the clear Surrey champions with eleven victories, the nearest rivals being Purley CC with six wins and six draws in fourteen games.
Six players from local clubs won places in the Surrey Championship team to play Surrey at the Oval. Beddington’s Norman Parks skippering the side which includes Roy Swetman (Banstead), Geoff Clarke, Tony Stockley (Epsom), Barry Thornton (Beddington) and Dave Thompson (Sutton). The team completed with the inclusion of Neil Small and Richard Tarrant (Spencer), Richard Humphrey (Guildford), who had himself played for the Surrey XI, Winston Stafford (Mitcham) and R Prior (Purley).
In September of 1969 The Beddington colts side including S Hicks, N Kelly, D Newdick, D Miles, J Cummins, D Murtagh, R Cummins, P White, A Cummins (Capt), P Allen and S Brown, won the final of the Surrey Colts Championship for the second time against East Molesey, with A Cummins scoring 60 runs and Ned Kelly taking 5 wickets, hitting the stumps four times. In the last match of the season against Esher, Barry Thornton took his 100th wicket of the season with his 4 wickets for 48 runs, backed up by Nick Wills, with 5 wickets for 32 runs. Barry Thornton will be sadly missed when he shortly returns to Australia, not only for his bowling but also his piano playing at the week-end dances in the Scott’s Cafe Club House, Beddington’s temporary home.
A 3rd XI report written by Brian Swain: The thirds had a disappointing season with ten games drawn six lost and five won. Several of these games could have gone either way. Despite centuries by Antony Cummins and Roger Crisp we were unable to bowl Banstead out on our own ground and only just lost the return match at Banstead. With such wonderful weather one can only have pleasant memories of the cricket despite the results, Tony Ward’s six at Cyphers, after four consecutive ducks, his only scoring shot in the match. John Henderson’s two remarkable catches at Westminster Bank and losing the game from a six off the last ball of the day, the bowler shall remain nameless. Eric White thumping the ball off the front foot through the covers as only he could. The young Stephen Brown following in father’s footsteps holding his own at number nine, hitting two fours, happy memories. Peter Pepper enjoyed the season taking 31 wickets at 16.5 apiece, backed up by Mike Terry, Roger Parks and the skipper. It was a delight to see A Cummins striking the ball so well on his way up to the second eleven and Eric Farr in his 50th year getting 100 runs backed up by Roy Collins at No. 1, with Jimmy Collins, Mike Terry, Mick Staton and Tony Ward contributing their share of runs. Our sincere congratulations go to the 2nd XI and the colts on winning their respective championships, thanks to Trevor Craker for his appearances before and after the game and to Pat Cummins and the tea ladies who gave us excellent service throughout the year. We can look forward to next season with more favourable results and conditions.
On Monday 10th November the rebuilding of the pavilion commence with the electrical work to be carried out by our own Fred Prescott who had estimated the cost of the work at £300 and was authorised to incur the necessary expenditure. It was agreed that an advertisement for a new groundsman should be inserted in the local paper. Norman Parks, Len Watson and R Dolby would not be seeking re-election in the coming season, being replaced by A H Brown as 1st XI captain, with Graham Brown as Vice-captain for Saturday and Sunday. Alan Darkins had replaced the long standing vice-captain of the 2nd XI George Dolby. By December a new groundsman had been employed Mr F W Geliet at £20 a week, replacing Swetman. Geliet resigned at the end of January lured away by a better offer. A new groundsman Paul Bennett aged 19 years was taken on starting in February and sacked before the start of the following season. At the AGM the Chairman J K Gass proposed that Len Watson be elected a Life Member in recognition of his services to the club, particularly as honorary secretary.
Before the start of the season the builders were hoping to have the roof on the new pavilion by May. This hope never transpired until August when Fred Prescott began work on the installation of electricity into the building. To add to the Club’s problems a new groundsman had to be found to replace the part-time working Mr Roy Swetman. A special Committee meeting was held to discuss the progress made by the builders on the new pavilion, the date for completion being 31st July, it was agreed by the Committee that the official opening date should be the 11th September to avoid any mishaps. Michael Grant-Collie a new groundsman, was to start on the 1st July, the ground Committee convinced that he was the right man for the job. It was during this season that the young Alan Down was elected as a member, introduced by A H Brown. Len Watson had moved to Hayward Heath with his young family. Wallington Manor would replace the MCC game during Cricket Week.
At the start of the season Maurice Reeves made his return to the 1st XI felt by taking seven Dulwich wickets for 29 runs in 18 overs in there total of 103 runs. In reply Graham Brown taking 99 minutes for his 20 runs, saw Beddington home with six points, Brian Ray a newcomer from Western Scotland hitting the winning runs in the Beddington total of 107 for 5 wickets. The following day David Ottley hit a splendid 60 runs assisted by Brian Butchers 47 runs in an opening stand of 96 runs in 70 minutes in a game that Beddington lost by 5 wickets against Ealing. Against Mitcham on the green, Beddington were defeated by 3 wickets when Mitcham clinched victory in the last over. This was followed by two defeats against Old Emanuel and Send CC at the end of May. Beddington were beaten yet again in their Championship match against Sunbury, the reason being the number of catches dropped in these opening games this season. It was not until the end of June that Beddington registered their first Sunday victory. Beddington lacked penetration without the old school of Reeves, Watson, Griffin and Hall. Despite this Beddington had won through to the group 15 final of the National Cricketers Cup and meet Addiscombe in the final.
The 1st XI were in 11th position in the Surrey Championship with the 2nd XI 7th position in their section. Against Westminster Bank John Robertson put Beddington in a strong winning position scoring 79 runs in their total of 157 runs for 6 wickets declared, in reply Nat/West were bowled out for 114. On Sunday at Beddington Dave Ottley Randall Stevens and Ron Dolby lined up against Beddington for Tiffin Tersels, Ottley hammering 91 runs and Stevens 41 runs in a third wicket partnership of 86 runs in 48 minutes Tiffin Tersels declared at 170 for 6 wickets, the match ending in another tame draw, with Beddington 106 for 6 wickets. In a drawn game against Cyphers on Saturday John Robertson scored his eighth half century of the season. In their Championship game against Cheam, Beddington 2nd XI declared at 195 runs for 7 wickets, M Garner 102 n.o. with Lex Wills 74 n.o. Cheam in reply bowled were bowled out for 81 runs, G Dolby taking 5 wickets for 34 runs.
On the following Sunday Beddington 1st XI were soon in trouble against The Frogs, some fine bowling by Robin Prior and John Fellows-Smith the former Oxford and South African player. At lunch Beddington were 64 for 7 wickets. Frogs took only 90 minutes to knock of the hundred runs required for victory ending on 103 for 4 wickets. With a magnificent spell of bowling by Maurice Reeves helped Beddington to only their 3rd Championship win of the season over East Molesey, with the impressive figures of 20.3 overs 4 maidens 58 runs for 8 wickets in Beddington’s 80 run victory. Against Romany on Sunday Tony Brown scored yet another 111 n.o. in a total of 202 for 5 wickets by Beddington, Romany in reply were bowled out for 108 runs with Nick Wills taking 5 wickets for 27 runs.
This had been a hard year for all the Beddington members with the uncertainty of the wickets and the Pavilion still unfinished in A H Brown’s year of office. Tony Brown had scored over a hundred hundreds during his playing career with first Spencer CC, then Beddington CC and the Surrey CCC and MCC sides, a magnificent record by any standard. At the AGM in December the secretary Mr G Dolby mentioned the engaging of a first class groundsman and the successful opening of the new pavilion in September. A tribute was paid to Fred Prescott for his untiring work at the Club and Pavilion, Fred was retiring from the Captaincy of the 2nd XI after seven successful years. A special mention was made to the ladies of the club who had rallied round in a wonderful fashion this year under difficult conditions at the pavilion.
J K Gass was again elected as President, Captain of the 1st XI on Saturday being M Willett with Tony Brown as Vice-Captain, Tony Brown would Captain the 1st XI on Sunday with Graham Brown as Vice-Captain. The changes to the 2nd XI were John Robertson as Captain, with Mick Garner as Vice-Captain. The third and fourth XIs remained the same. Fred Prescott was elected a life member of the club after 20 years of service. Arnold Beck had retired as press secretary due to bad health; a benefit game had been planned for Arnold Long the Surrey wicket keeper this year. In March Roger Bowles was accepted once again as a playing member, and Martin Seymour, S Down and G Whitfield joined as playing members with Steven Brown as a Junior member.
The first match of the season against Dulwich at Beddington, saw Roger Bowles with one over to go, hit the twelve runs required for Beddington’s first championship victory. In June Mike Willett with 42 n.o. put Beddington CC on top of the Championship with a fine win over Sunbury by 4 wickets. Mike Willett skippered the Surrey Club Championship XI, including Roger Bowles against a Surrey County XI at Beddington CC. In July Epsom CC had taken the top spot in the Championship when Fred Munro took 9 wickets, and a bemused Beddington CC found themselves bowled out for 73 runs chasing Epsom’s total of 142 runs. Beddington’s Cricket Week ran parallel with Sutton and just as successful, winning one game, losing two and drew the others, with Tony Cummins taking six Stoics wickets for 27 runs all bowled, including a hat-trick, with Stoics winning by six runs. On the following Saturday Beddington beat National Westminster Bank with two overs to spare M Willett 59 n.o. Roger Bowles 44 runs. With Alan Down taking 4 wickets for 58 runs in 21 overs, and Randall Stevens taking four victims behind the stumps.
In September the Beddington Colts XI won the Surrey Cricket Championship Colts Competition beating Spencer in a replay. In their last game of the season against Streatham the Beddington 2nd XI clinched the Surrey 2nd XI club Championship title for the second time in three years, with Brian Butchers scoring 101 and Lex Wills 75 runs. It had been a successful year for John Robertson in his first year as 2nd XI Captain. The 1st XI finished the season in 6th place in their division. Tony Brown, Beddington’s Sunday 1st XI skipper this year, finished the season with a unbeaten century against Basingstoke. The Annual Dinner this year was held at the Croydon Conservative club. The Queen, proposed by J K Gass, Esq. the Beddington Cricket club, proposed by H Seaborne Esq. (Tiffin Tersels). The Guests proposed by John Robertson. The Secretary reported the death of Arnold Beck our long serving Press secretary and father of the now famous Jeff Beck of the ‘Yardbirds’ fame.
The Annual subscription this year was as follows: Full playing member over the age of 21 years at £6, JPM at £3, NPM at £1.50. A club Tour had been arranged at Courage CC Alton, Ringwood, Lymington, Deanery, Southampton and Basingstoke. There were some outstanding individual scores made in the 3rd XI this year, D Parker 130 n.o. against the Old Whits, M Garner 127 n.o. against Chaldon, T Alcroft 117 n.o. at Spencer, A Wills 113 n.o. against Sutton, and R Collins 102 n.o. at Sunallon CC. This was the depth of the playing strength at Beddington at this time with the bowlers M Terry, G Dolby, D Robson and P Pepper who were all hot-stuff in this side captained once again by Brian Swain. George Dolby had been at the club for 30 years, and had played in every Beddington XI since the 2nd World War, where he played in the Wallington Home Guard Cricket team as a youth. He had given outstanding service to the club during this period and had recieved a life membership at last, the Beddington Club now in its 109th season.
The Beddington 1st XI began the season with an excellent victory over Dulwich, a great opening spell of bowling by A Cummins gave him a match total of 6 wickets for 29 runs, the Beddington feilding was the feature of this match, when nine of the Dulwich wickets fell to catches in various parts of the field. On Sunday however Beddington took a 110 runs defeat at Ealing, when they were dismissed for 103 runs. Dulwich CC prevented Beddington CC from taking a clear lead in the Surrey Championship when the game was drawn on a rain affected wicket at the Dulwich ground at the end of May. Beddington maintained their position at the head of the Surrey Championship when they beat Spencer by 3 wickets in their next match, with the Beddington 2nd XI defeating Spencer 2nds at Spencer, heading the 2nd Division table. Geoff Keith took the man of the match award at Beddington in a drawn game against Old Whitgiftians taking 3 wickets for 50 runs as well as scoring 90 runs.
The 1st XI this year under the leadership of former Surrey star Mike Willet are one of the pacemakers of the Championship, with A Brown, N Griffin, G Keith, M Reeves, R Baker and R Bowles who have all played representative cricket in County sides. The 18 year old Wallington Grammar Schoolboy Ray Baker has been taken on a trial basis with Surrey until the end of the season. Mike Willett made a century before declaring against Cheam the visitors making very little effort to score the 203 runs required for victory in even time, at the close Cheam were 128 runs for 8 wickets.
The highlight of the Cricket Week this year was the Wanderers game with the emergence of the Cummins boys Tony Jonathan and Robert the highlight being a partnership between Robert Cummins 77 runs and another new comer Martin Seymour 64 runs, Beddington declared at 189 for 4 wickets, Wanderers had lost 6 wickets for 74 runs when rain ended play. President’s Day Jonathan Cummins bowled 20 overs taking 4 for 46 with brother Antony taking 3 for 21, Robert scoring 33 runs in a defeat for the club side by 10 runs, Tony Stockley of Epsom and Surrey taking 6 wickets for 40 runs.
Gilly Reay could hardly have envisaged that three of his grandsons would later be playing cricket in the Surrey teams. Antony Cummins represented Surrey Young Cricketers at the Oval, the honour has now fallen on the two brothers, who both trod the turf at the Oval when they played for the Young Cricketers against the Surrey Association of Cricket Club Juniors. In the Championship Beddington won their first game since June when they defeated Ashford in August. Ashford were bowled out in their innings for 101 runs with B Butchers taking 7 wickets for 45 runs in 13 overs his best 1st XI Championship performance, Tony Brown finished with a fine 52 n.o. and Beddington CC won with half-hour to spare.
The 110th season of cricket at Beddington with ‘The Baron’ J K Gass as President, Beddington CC were arguably the best batting side in the Championship. Not only did they score more runs (3048 in 1973) they were the first team to score 3000 in one season. Mike Willett made Championship hundreds against Guildford, Old Emanuel, Sutton and Honor Oak and topped the Championship averages with 69.08 runs. Roger Bowles was still batting like a thoroughbred, also had an outstanding season scoring 593 runs. The main wicket takers being Brian Butchers the leg-spinner, who had benefited throughout the season from his Captain’s confidence in him, Mike Willett himself whose 26 wickets owed much to his experience and know-how at Surrey CC.
Beddington snatched a two run victory against Sunbury with three balls left in the last over, this was the first appearance of G Whitfield, whose father had played for Surrey, also the lovely Reg Swatton a good friend of the Captain Mike Willett. Beddington were 9th in the league after five games, with the 2nd XI in 15th position in their league. Effective bowling by B Butchers, A H Brown and A Down allied to the batting of Roger Bowles helped Beddington to outplay Spencer. Butchers bowled extremely well to claim 5 wickets for 22 runs Spencer dismissed for 163 runs. Roger Bowles then produced a brilliant 94 runs to gain Beddington’s second Championship win of the season at 165 for 1 wicket with C Richards 61 n.o.
Beddington and Banstead have been drawn to meet in the quarter-final of the Decca Cup the match to be played at Beddington. In the 2nd XI Beddington here bowled out for 58 runs, lost the game at Spencer 62 for 2 by eight wickets. This year saw the departure of Neville Griffin from the club lured to the Purley Downs Golf Club, now the retirement home for Beddington Cricketers, by N D Parks and Co. In July Beddington 1st XI had taken 2nd position in the league with four wins having drawn with the leaders Epsom with six wins. The Beddington 2nd XI were in last position without one win this season.
Beddington 1st IX had moved to the semi-final of the Decca Cup beating Mitcham by 3 runs. Beddington’s Clive Dolby demolished Lensbury at Beddington Park on Saturday 11th August taking 4 wickets with successive balls. C Dolby ended up with 6 wickets for 12 runs in his spell of 8 overs. Beddington had scored 180 runs in their innings Lenbury in reply all out for 128 runs. Against Basingstoke at the end of the season Beddington scored 186 runs for 5 wickets with veteran Tony Brown 63 runs and Tim Alcroft 47 runs, Basingstoke in reply were bowled out for 126, with Clive Dolby taking another 6 wickets for 18 runs, Tim Alcroft chipped in with 2 wickets for 27 runs and Beddington won quite convincingly. The club tour returned to Southampton yet again this year with no changes in the itinerary.
At the November Committee meeting Collie had eventually decided to confirm his resignation as groundsman, at the AGM A H Brown had decided to stand down as Captain of the Whole Day XI. Geoff Knight was elected as Hon Secretary and Peter Hancock the Hon Press Secretary. Dave Ottley would Captain the whole day XI with R Stevens as Vice-Captain. Brian Paul would Captain the 2nd XI with Micky Garner as Vice-Captain. Ken Kasey had moved to Yugoslavia in July on business and on his return he joined the Horsham CC.
The season of 1974 Beddington CC were still batting despite the blaze that had badly damaged their pavilion once again. The main bugbear being the lack of toilet facilities at the Pavilion, Mr Dick Riseboro told the local press. “Members now have the choice of going to the bushes risking stinging nettles and onlookers, or having a long walk across the park to the changing rooms,” he said. The older building housing the changing rooms, toilet facilities, shower and kitchen were completely destroyed by the blaze and the main body of the hall rebuilt after a fire there six years ago, made untenable. The damage estimated at about £20,000 and in addition to losing the amenities of the building, the furniture fixtures and fittings and bar stock had to be replaced. Things look very black for us this season, just when we were getting back on our feet; the Council have been very good in offering us alternative changing facilities in the Park.” (Wallington & Carshalton Times 23rd May 1974.)
In January Jack Gass announced that a new experienced groundsman Mr W W Canter had been employed, Brian Paul volunteered to be Beddington’s 1974 SCCCA representative. Beddington request to the SCCCA to retain our Banstead Bank Holiday game was turned down, they regretted that this was not possible due to fixture congestion. Beddington 3rd XI had been accepted for the 2nd Division of the Mid Surrey League. The following Members were elected Mrs Brenda Knight the 3rd XI scorer and playing member Dennis Marriott. A Special Committee Meeting was held on Friday 10th May. Doug Rose announced that he had arranged changing accommodation in the Park Pavilion for as long we needed it. Mobile toilets and showers would be available as soon as possible. D Simmons through the chair thanked Doug Rose for his magnificent efforts in such a short time. The County 2nd XI game between Northampton and Surrey had to be transferred to the Oval. Beddington’s new pavilion built only four years ago, having no facilities for a County game.
The Beddington 1st XI escaped with a draw in their first match at Mitcham. In a devastating spell of 6 wickets for 34 runs by Tony Cummins and 60 runs by G Brown. Beddington secured a victory over Sunbury by six wickets. A H Brown at the age of 48 years played a superb innings of 88 runs as Captain for the day and almost won the game for Beddington against his old club Spencer. In the match winning game at Purley, R Bowles shared a stand with Tony Brown of 100 runs, Brian Paul promoted to the 1st XI as keeper claimed five catches behind the stumps. Following the fire at Beddington CC the club bar had now re-opened for the club’s Cricket Week, when Beddington entertain Gaieties, Stoics, Licensed Victuallers, Wanderers and the President’s XI. At the end of July Beddington played the Pakistan under 19s touring side – the only club side to be granted the honour. Despite a superb spell of bowling by Neville Griffin, who had returned to the fold, of 7 wickets for 53 runs, Beddington were decisively beaten by the tourists.
At this period in the season Beddington 1st XI were in 11th position in the League with the 2nd XI leading their Division. At the end of September the 2nd XI led by Captain Brian Paul beat Cheam CC to clinch the 2nd XI league title for the third time; Beddington’s previous titles were gained in 1969 and 1971. Only R Bowles of Beddington’s many good batsmen showed any real consistency in 1974. It was therefore little surprise that Beddington dropped to 12th place in the 1st Division, their bowling, not their strong point in recent years, however leg spinner Brian Butchers had his best Championship season, heading the averages sharing the top number of wickets with the persistent A Cummins. A welcome feature this year was the return for a few matches of Neville Griffin one of the really outstanding cricketers of the 1960s. Clive Dolby and Brian Butchers were listed in the SCCCA bowling averages along with Roger Bowles in the batting averages. the names G Keith, A Murtagh and D Parker were deleted from the membership. The application by the 3rd and 4th XI to join the league was put on hold due to the lack of facilities at the club.
In October Mike Willet announced that he was not seeking re-election as Saturday 1st XI Captain in 1975 and Roger Bowles was willing to stand. Brian Swain had also decided to step-down as 3rd XI Captain this year. David Parker’s name was finally deleted from the membership deemed to have resigned. The 3rd XI had retained their position as the most successful side in the club despite losing the playing services of their Captain Brian Swain through illness, Frank Bridger taking over the side.
At the AGM G H Knight was elected as Hon Secretary, Roger Bowles as 1st XI Captain, and Micky Garner as 2nd XI Captain, Frank Bridger as 3rd XI Captain, and D Simmons as 4th XI Captain. It was proposed by D Simmons seconded by G Knight that R Risebro should be elected to Life Membership of the club. This was endorsed by the President Jack Gass and Sydney Cooper. During the captaincy of Mike Willett many of the senior members of the club had retired from cricket and joined Purley Downs Golf club, first S Cooper, G Dolby, F Prescott and Bob White then N Parks, N Griffin and R Riseboro had all got the golfing bug, while A H Brown continued to hold his place in the 1st XI.
The recently married Mrs A Simmons and Mrs B Alcroft joined the Membership, T Lees A Cheverall and M Griggs were elected as Junior Playing members during this time Doug Hicks and his Chipmonks side were still enjoying their cricket on the back square every Thursday and their charitable work for the Diamond Riding Stables at the Oaks Park. Michael Collie Grant had been engaged as groundsman and improvement at the ground were already evident.
Beddington CC improved in 1975 under the leadership of Roger Bowles in a relatively successful season which saw the side move up the Championship table to finish into 6th place, the 2nd XI with Mick Garner as captain finishing in 4th position despite two abandoned matches. The 2nd XI won eleven games in all, and often bowled the opposition out in the second innings thanks to Maurice Reeves and the up and coming younger members of the Club, both XIs having a blend of older experienced players and younger talented players. Morale was high at the club despite the lack of changing facilities in the main clubhouse, following the second fire at the pavilion and poor wickets due to the groundsman’s early season illness. In general the batting remained the strongest feature although few players were outstanding. Early season attempts to win by batting first when winning the toss (Except for Epsom) and then bowling opposition sides out was not successful, this was due to the familiar lack of bowling penetration, and lapses in the field at critical moment with no regular wicket keeper.
The first win of the season was against Malden Wanderers when Maurice Reeves returned a magnificent 7 wickets for 50 runs. This win proved to be the only one in which Beddington batted first, all other victories were gained batting second, although the bowlers were to be thanked for dismissing both Ashford and Streatham for under 100 runs, individual highlights included an unbeaten 102 runs by Cliff Richards and 74 runs by Graham Brown in Beddington’s best opening partnership and Tony Cummins’ brilliant batting at Purley and Cheam.
The team was strengthened from mid-season by the arrival of Andrew Tibble as wicket keeper and all-rounder C Bannister from Cambridge University. Appearances by younger players, particularly spinners, John Rix and Jonathan Cummins, auger well for the future. In the Decca Cup day at the Oval Neville Griffin played a magnificent innings of 73 not out in the semi-final win against Dulwich, with Beddington CC winning the final beating Old Emanuel by 5 wickets.
During the Cricket Week 1975 the Cummins brothers stole the limelight with Tony Cummins finishing the week with a batting average of 59 runs and taking 14 wickets. On Wednesday Jonathan Cummins stole the limelight by taking 7 wickets for 39 runs to dismiss the Licensed Victualers for 95 runs. On Thursday in a draw against the Wanderers, Robert Cummins the younger made 52 runs with Tony the Elder 38 runs in a total of 163 all out. The President’s Day game was also drawn with Mike Gatting of England scoring 111 runs in even time and Ted Clark of Middlesex CCC 72 runs. The President’s side declared at 225 runs for 4 wickets, Beddington in reply reaching a creditable score of 174 runs for 8 wickets against this strong opposition.
Many players from the old school had left the club and moved to Sussex, these included the Wills brothers, Len Watson, Ken Kasey, with wicket keeper and previous Captain Brian Paul going to the USA. These players being replaced by Peter Pepper, Peter Griggs, Tony Ward, Robert Cummins, Jonathan Cummins, Jonathan Rix and Geoff Knight, only Martin Seymour, M Reeves, R Dolby, M Garner the 2nd XI Captain remained, with Pat Smyth as umpire.
This year a friendly 2nd XI game had been arranged with the Hon Artillery Company at Artillery House in City Road EC1, a delightful ground in the heart of London. The RAC had mentioned the fact that they would not be strong enough to play the Beddington 1st XI, the game being transferred to a 2nd XI fixture. After some tight bowling by G Knight P Pepper R Dolby and M Terry the RAC were bowled out for under 200 runs, leaving Beddington CC even time for a result, the highlight of the game being Geoff Knight’s 100 runs with one six hitting the metal window guard on the second floor of the office buildings that surrounded the ground, the Beddington team victorious in battle, the hospitality Beddington CC received on the day, being of the highest order.
The Beddington sides were strengthened from mid-season by the arrival of wicket-keeper Andrew Tibble and all-rounder Charlie Bannister, who had returned to the club from Cambridge University. Several successful appearances by younger players, Clive Dolby and spinners J Rix and J Cummins, auger well for the future. Maurice Reeve had an outstanding year with the ball in the 1st XI and later the 2nd XI, returning a magnificent 7 wicket for 50 runs against Malden Wanderers, the 2nd XI Captain Mick Garner being quite willing to except him into the 2nd Xl side, when M Willet became available for the Ist XI under Tony Brown.
Despite the fire at the Pavilion, the lack of facilities and a poor wicket, the morale throughout the club was high. A vote of thanks must go to all of the Committee especially Doug Rose, after our second fire at the start of the season. In September it was suggested that a replacement be found for the ageing Mr Canter the groundsman, Robert Cummins had offered his services. It was agreed that a presentation gift should be given to Les Cozens for his tireless piano playing at the club for 20 years a feature of the weekend entertainment at the ground, recognised with affection by all of our members and visitors to the Clubhouse.
At the AGM in December George Dolby and Brian Swain were elected to Life Membership of the club. Roger Bowles would Captain the 1st XI for the second time with G Brown as Vice-Captain. A H Brown now retired from 1st XI duties, would Skipper the 2nd XI with Geoff Knight as Vice-Captain for the ensuing year.
The Beddington Ist XI will resume this year under the captaincy of Roger Bowles, who expects to have the service of all-rounder Neville Griffin regularly on Saturdays. The batting line-up apart from A Brown is unchanged, but Tony Ward who has risen from the lower XIs will keep wicket until Andy Tibble returns from University in July. The spin attack will be in the hands of Maurice Reeves and the slow left arm of Jonathan Cummins whose presence means all three brothers – batsman Robert all rounder Tony and Jonathan will be in the Beddington side this season.
Beddington had a fine win against Epsom in their first Championship game of the season by 44 runs, with Tony Cummins deservedly chipping in with 5 wickets for 40 runs. Beddington followed up this victory with a second win at Banstead, the Beddington innings given an ideal start by Cliff Richards and Graham Brown who put on 116 runs, each scoring half centuries, with Beddington CC winning the match by 4 wickets with two overs to spare. Cliff Richards had struck a purple patch in the Championship this year, scoring 237 runs in three innings, including 100 runs against Spencer. Tony Cummins had taken another 5 wickets for 46 runs in a match that Beddington lost by 4 wickets. Although the first three days of Beddington CC Cricket Week produced some exciting cricket, they had to wait until Thursday for their first win, when Roger Bowles hit an unbeaten 100 runs out of 209 for 4 wickets after. The Wanderers had made 204 for six declared. The game on Friday against the President’s XI ending in a tame draw.
At the end of August Tony Cummins earned his side a narrow victory when he took the last three Addiscombe wickets in five balls, their seventh league success this season, with Tim Alcroft (46) and Cliff Richards (62) and Neville Griffin’s unbeaten (39), making an early declaration possible. The 2nd XI by this time had won six matches, with three lost and five drawn, were in sixth position in the 2nd division. At the end of the season Beddington first Eleven, with seven winning matches finished in only 9th place with the 2nd XI dropping to 6th place in their division.
1st XI report: The season began well with two wins but then reverted to draws or losses, occasioned by tempting the opposition to go for the win batting second. In retrospect, seven wins was respectable enough, but disappointing since in several games Beddington came close to winning, but failed possibly due to dropped catches.
The bowling continued to lack penetration, necessary to do really well in this competition. One of the bright spots was the fine performance of Clive Dolby who finished with 35 wickets at 10 runs apiece. The season was typified by the performance of the batsmen, none of whom did themselves justice despite strong potential. The side was strengthened by the addition of Charlie Bannister and Andy Tibble from Cambridge University in the second half of the season. This being the last year Roger Bowles would play at Beddington, preferring to play at Cheam CC, where it was more convenient for his sons to play cricket.
As always Beddington 2nd XI now under Tony Brown had a satisfactory and enjoyable season with a good team spirit. They would have come higher in the Championship if their batting had not let them down in two vital matches. Tony Brown was the most successful batsmen with 600 runs and Peter Pepper with 29 wickets the most successful bowler. Beddington 2nd XI had many fine youngsters playing in the team and a marked improvement was shown by them as the season progressed, these were Playing Members who had waited a considerable amount of time in the 3rd XI under the Captaincy of Brian Swain to reach this position.
This season five of the Beddington players who appeared in the championship top 40 players of 1976 included C Dolby,T Alcroft, and A Cummins in the bowling averages with R Bowles C Richards in the batting averages. The Good News at Beddington informed us that shower accommodation etc., was to be started in Autumn and was scheduled to be completed by the start of the 1977 season. Tony Cummins played in the Middlesex 2nd XI side at Roehampton, while Graham Brown and Cliff Richards represented Beddington in the Club Cricket Conference sides this year.
Graham Brown took over as Beddington CC 1st XI Captain, a position he would hold for the next three years, with A H Brown in his last year as Captain of the 2nd XI. It was announced in January that the long serving groundsman Peter Coates had died at his home in Rectory Lane, Beddington. The ground at Beddington would never be the same again.
In the ten season’s from 1968-1977 of the Championship League, the Mitcham 1st XI topped the league tables with 59 wins and 18 lost, with 449 points. Beddington 1st XI on the other hand were in 7th place with 51 wins and 41 losses. The Beddington 2nd XI had a much better record with 72 wins and 33 lost; topping the 2nd XI table with 499 points and three Championship wins, these records ironically would place them ahead of their counterparts in the premier competition.
The season began with a celebration cheese and wine party to open the new shower and changing room complex at Beddington. In attendance with glasses raised to toast their achievement, A H Brown, G Brown, Geoff Knight club secretary, Dickie Risebro bar secretary and Jack Gass the President, the club was back in business once again with the 1st XI winning their first match of the season at Epsom with Clive Dolby, Tim Alcroft, and Mike Willet sharing the spoils with three wickets each, Epsom dismissed for 62 runs. In June the Richards brothers shared a stand of 186 runs in the Surrey Championship game against Spencer, with Cliff Richards 121 n.o. and Trevor Richards 72 runs in a total of 249 for 1 wicket declared. Spencer in reply scoring only 144 runs for 7 wickets, with B Butchers 5 wickets for 49 runs, while the 2nd XI at the Beddington ground declared at 198 – beating Spencers total of 180 runs by 18 runs.
Tony Cummins stole the individual honours of Beddington’s Cricket Week, hitting a club record 169 runs, in a drawn match with the Wanderers. He put on 138 runs for the first wicket with Australian Nick Moschetti 43 runs and was on 94 runs before lunch, guiding Beddington to 260 runs for 4 wickets declared, the visitors replying with 230 for 7 wickets. The win against Stoics on Tuesday with R Risebro 54 n.o. and Mike Willet’s son David, taking 6 wickets for 45 runs, with his slow left arm spin. Beddington were beaten by a very strong President’s side by 5 wickets on Friday.
The following week Tony Cummins scored another century in a win against John Fisher Old Boys with Nick Wills coming into his own on a turning wicket claiming 5 wickets for 43 runs in 19 overs. This had been an exceptional year for Beddington’s Ist Xl finishing 4th in the division.
The outstanding form of Tim Alcroft at the start of the season particularly on Sunday’s, scoring two centuries in his 272 runs scored in May, followed by 200 runs and 15 wickets in three matches in June, combined with the return of Charlie Bannister from Cambridge this was a very strong Beddington side which underlined their flair and strength by winning the Decca Cup for the second time in three years at the Oval, with Tony Cummins and Charlie Bannister sharing seven wickets in the semi-final and eight wickets in the final. Beddington had seven all-rounders in this side M Willet, R Bowles, A Cummins, N Griffin, T Alcroft, C Bannister and T Richards.
Beddington reviews this year: This was a satisfactory season as far as the Beddington 1st XI were concerned finishing fourth in the Championship and winning the Decca Cup. The side’s strength was in its batting with seven batsmen scoring half centuries and Cliff Richards scoring 121 not out against Spencer, with newcomer Trevor Richards who scored over 400 runs and Steve Brown, whose fielding was worth 20 runs a match. The batting strength was proved by the fact that Beddington were bowled out only once during the season by Mitcham CC and even then 170 runs had been scored.
Until July the bowling lacked penetration the seamers taking only 44 wickets between them not the sort of figures that win the Club Championship. The 2nd XI had a most disappointing season. This was mainly due to not having a regular side, either through unavailability or calls to the first XI. The batting at times was good particularly when batting first, but failed miserably on occasions when chasing runs. Nick Moschetta a visitor from Australia was a great club member throughout the season, the nicest teetotaller from down under Beddington had ever met. He headed the batting averages, with Robert Cummins, Mick Garner and veteran Ron Dolby all scoring valuable runs, good performances were also achieved by Maurice Reeves, who alas, played all to seldom.
The 3rd XI fixtures were restricted by the weather to only seven fixtures meaning that the side finished in fifth position, the calls of the higher sides and some injuries meant that the composition of the side was variable and it was never a regular team. Of the more regular performers Roy Collins was the leading run maker with 214 runs with scores of 73 n.o. and 89 n.o. Nick Derrick also contributed some useful runs in the middle order, with Frank Bridger the main wicket taker, the most remarkable analysis being supplied by Dave Arnold, who in one match took 4 wickets for no runs in six overs.
Beddington 3rd XI will be hoping for better things with improved catching ability and not least the weather. This season had been a season of change at Beddington with the Pavilion now fully functional, the structure of the sides being more consistant and the influx of more younger members, bodes well for the future of the Club.
In March D Simmons read a letter of resignation from the groundsman M Grant-Collie at possibly the worst time a groundsman could resign, with the new season only weeks away. It was recommended by Mike Willet that Robert Cummins should be given the contract for six months with a fee to be agreed. This season Neville F Griffin had become a non-playing member preferring to return to the golf course.
New membership of the club included Mike Neilan, J Lough, J Ramsey, J Mundy and R Richards. The Beddington 1st XI with the nucleus of members who help them finish 4th in the Championship last summer had been boosted by South African Robin Jones who had been in England since 1974. Skipper Graham Brown will aim to blend this duo of Jones and Pearse from Banstead into what at least looks like a formidable side on paper, with brothers Richards, Jones Bowles Willet and all-rounders Tony Cummins, Tim Alcroft and Guy Pearse, Graham Brown seems to have everything he requires for a winning combination.
In the 2nd XI Tony Brown had relinquished the Captaincy to be replaced by a younger man in Geoff Knight another product of Wallington Grammar School of which there has been many in the club’s history, while the 3rd XI led by off spinner David Arnold would prove to be the real winners this season.
In their first game against Emanuel, the Beddington Ist XI skittled out the Old Boys for 101 runs and then the Richards brothers raced to the target in 26 overs to hustle the side to their first league win. In the 2nd XI veteran Beddington batsman Tony Brown hit a splendid 84 runs to help the team on their way to a Championship win over the Old Emanuel 2nd XI, with Brian Butchers producing a match winning 28 overs spell of leg breaks to take 6 wickets for 99 runs as Emanuel were dismissed for 197 runs.
A splendid day’s cricket was seen at Maidstone at the end of June in a high scoring game against The Mote. Superb batting by Robin Jones (86), Tony Cummins (80) and Steve Brown (56) set Beddington on their way to a total of 280 for 5 declared. In reply The Mote looked doomed at 121 for 5, but a 100 run stand restored their hopes until the home side were bowled out for 273 runs, with Guy Pearse and Nick Wills taking 3 wickets a piece. In July Beddington 2nd XI conjured victory out of almost certain defeat in the Surrey Championship match against Purley. Needing only 12 runs to win from the last 8 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Purley collapsed dramatically to Geoff Knight (4-25) and lost by four runs.
The 1st XI Review for 1978: Beddington never got going after the first two games were washed out. The batting was not as consistent as in the past, with only Roger Bowles averaging over 30. Two of the wins were in the last over, with one ball to go against Honor Oak and five against Guildford. There were also good wins against Old Emanuel, Cheam and Dulwich both bowled out for under 80 runs. The most successful bowler being C Bannister with 23 wickets. The arrival of Robin Jones gave Beddington one of the best fielders in the Championship, as well as being a useful batsman, but his stay at the club was short lived. In the words of the Captain Graham Brown, “We will need to improve our game next year if we are to finish any higher in the Championship.”
Second XI Review: Unbeaten runners up Beddington, whose last match win over highly placed Dulwich was to avail them little, saw their dreams of winning fading during a disappointing August after bright performances in June and July. However an enjoyable season under new Captain Geoff Knight saw a ten place improvement on the 1977 table and two exciting victories snatch from the jaws of defeat as both Purley CC and Cheam CC collapsed with the game all but won.
Evergreen Tony Brown led the run getters with 476 runs again with successful centuries against Sunbury and Guildford, while fellow opener Brian Paul 323 runs, also scored a ton against Sunbury to share an opening stand of 214 runs. Other major contributions in the unusual strong Beddington batting line-up came from the elegant Robert Cummins 324 runs, and the free hitting Micky Garner 210 runs, wicket-keeper Andrew Tibble, Mike Neilan and Geoff Knight himself. Of the bowler John Rix led the way with 26 wickets, Brian Butchers 16 wickets, while Peter Pepper’s 14 wickets were scant reward for some fine opening spell, the bowler with a big heart affectionately known as “Wilf”, Pepper to his friends, who would bowl all day if required.
The Third XI Review for the year. Beddington were only dismissed once, whilst putting out our opponents six times, despite the perennial problem of a very unsettled side, evidenced by the fact that 24 players were used, more than forty overs being bowled by only three of them, whilst a total of 100 runs was exceeded by only four batsmen. Among the bowlers D Robson took 19 wickets, with outstanding batting from Dick Riseboro and Stewart Hicks, supported by Michael Griggs, but victory was secured by team effort alone, everyone deserving the credit. Dave Arnold had done a good job as Captain with Stewart Hicks as Vice, Dough Hicks was the regular umpire with the attractive Brenda Knight as scorer who did much to maintain the spirit of a young side.
At the 1978 Annual General Meeting Jack Gass retired from the office as President after 44 years at the club. Mr A V A Cummins became the new President, a vote of thanks was extended to Pat Cummins the Hon. Catering Sec. and her many helpers who had given their time to produce the fine food available at the Pavilion every week-end and throughout the season.|
A number of members were struck off the list in January for one reason or another those included M Aldir, C Barber, P Huggett, K King, T Lees, P Oshea, R Swatton, M Tulloch and A Wills who had moved to Sussex. The 1st XI made one of their worst-ever starts to season when they lost to Epsom, with a draw at Banstead and had been knocked out of the Haig Cup by Dartford from the Kent League. They put all this aside when they beat the Old Whitgiftians with a crushing 8 wickets win, 1979 being the 100th year that Beddington had played the Old Whitgiftians.
Tony Cummins’ display of bowling was a valuable breakthrough for the club. He bowled 15 overs in his first spell and that included seven maidens, he finished with an impressive 4 wickets for 50 runs, with Old Whits bowled out for 140 runs, but it was Bamber who caught the eye with a stylish 80 runs with C Richards and R Bowles seeing Beddington home with time to spare. The 2nd XI completed a double over the Whits when they beat them by 9 wickets at Croham Road. Southgate with 4 wickets for 47 runs and Ron Dolby 2 wickets for 22 runs, Steven Brown 88 n.o., B Paul 49 runs, and Martin Seymour 35 n.o. the Beddington total, 181 runs for the loss of one wicket.
Another defeat for the 1st XI was on the cards against Malden Wanderers when Beddington were bowled out for 116 runs. Beddington’s 1st XI disappointment was offset by the success of the 2nd and 3rd XIs in their sections of the Surrey Championship same old story, same old team selection. In the third XI victory, John Stewart a recent recruit from Spencer, finished with figures of 8 wickets for 22 runs in the Wanderers total of 57 runs. At the end of June Beddington’s 3rd XI were once again top of their section of the Surrey Championship after a win against Sunbury Peter Rose helped to skittle Sunbury CC out for 104 runs and Beddington reach the target with three wickets in hand thanks to Jonathan Southgate, Dick Riseboro and Brian King.
By the end of July the Beddington 3rd XI had made their position at the top of their section of the Surrey Championship even more secure in the match against Mitcham, who were bowled out for 146 runs, with Nick Wills taking 8 wickets for 49 runs, in reply to Beddington’s 226 for 5 wickets. Only one victory was gained in the Cricket Week with the 1st XI winning against The Wanderers by 23 runs.
In the Championship Tables of 1979 Beddington 1st XI finished in 13th place, with the 2nd XI once again in 2nd position in their division, the 3rd XI winning their division for the second year running. The Yearly Reviews for 1979: Beddington CC 1st XI are one of the sides in the Championship, who always promise so much only to disappoint. 1979 was no exception and with the talent they have available, this must puzzle both the club players and their opponents alike. The lack of improvement was proven by their slipping back to 13th place in the Championship table. There was a general lack of consistency throughout the team, among the bowlers only one took more than 20 wickets. Trevor Richards bowled well enough to dismiss 25 batsmen and with his 447 runs, he completed the Surrey championship double for the first time. The fielding was generally good with Robin Jones outstanding in the covers and Tony Cummins taking 10 good catches at slip.
Beddington 2nd XI in 1979 eventually won the close scramble for second place to finish runners up to Epsom once again. With nine players scoring more than 50 runs with only two players, Steve Brown (415) and Martin Seymour (275) reaching 250 runs. It was the bowling that secured most of their eight wins. Off-spinner Jonathan Rix again led the way with 28 victims and the two Dolby’s uncle Ron and nephew Clive each exceeding the twenty mark and shared the Old Emanuel wickets by taking five a piece, Ron Dolby’s 25 wickets included 6 wickets for eight runs against Sunbury enabling him to complete the Championship double with 200 runs and 20 wickets.
Peter Pepper who bowled well on his recall to the side, produced a match winning 7 wickets for 19 runs against Ashford. As always a jovial team spirit prevailed in the side with the services of President AVACummins as umpire and scorer Pat Smyth, throughout an enjoyable season. They are keen to better their league position by just one place next year.
The 3rd XI had another good season winning their division for the second year running. With the strength of the middle teams within the club as good as ever, there is no reason why there should not be another challenge next season to achieve the hat-trick. Notable bowling achievements during the season by wicket keeper Jim Holtby, Keith Dolby and the bowling again of Duncan Robson, Peter Griggs, Peter Pepper, plus Nick Wills and John Stewart who both took 8 wickets in a match. Brenda Knight had now become a mascot as scorer for the team and Dough Hicks looked another year older as Umpire after several pints in the Pavilion. During the closed season Ted Hill was asked to Skipper the 4th Xl which he had willingly accepted for the coming season.