By Micky Garner and Brian Butchers
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.