1975 - 1976 Season Report

1975 - 1976 Season

The fourth season of meetings, that got under way on 18th November 1975 with Ireland and Derbyshire Mike Stevenson. He sadly passed away on September 19, 1994

Alvin Kallicharan of the West Indies and Warwickshire was the very special guest at the dinner on 3rd December 1975. He had played his finest and controversial innings of 158 against England in Port of Spain in 1973-4. With his score on 142, he watched his partner Bernard Julien play the last ball of the first day to Tony Greig at silly point before walking down the pitch towards the pavilion never having returned to his crease from backing up. Greig threw down the bowlers stumps and Kallicharran was given out by Douglas Sang Hue only to be reinstated next morning. He later took on the captaincy of the West Indies in 1977-8 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue.

Farokh Engineer of India and Lancashire was the speaker at the next dinner held on February 4th 1976. At the time he was coming towards the end of his international career, wicketkeeper Engineer had moved to England where he was playing for Lancashire. His chiselled features and rugged good looks made him an obvious successor to Keith Miller and Denis Compton as a Brylcreem model. He retired from the first class game in 1976 after a career that started in 1958.

Another wicketkeeper followed in David HK Smith of Derbyshire who was the guest at the dinner of 20th February 1976.

March 1976 saw the return of David Lloyd accompanied by journalist Derek Hodgson.

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