1982 - 1983 Season Report

1982 - 1983 Season

Making his second visit to the Fylde Coast Cricket Society John Hampshire of England, Derbyshire, Leicestershire was our guest on 21st October 1982. At this time he was playing for Derbyshire.

Reg Woodward was the speaker for the dinner of 18th November 1982.

Umpire Don Oslear was our guest on the 9th December 1982. Don stood in five tests and eight ODIs in his short international career.

Paul Allott of England, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Wellington made his Fylde Coast Cricket Society debut on 13th January 1983. When the great fast bowler Michael Holding made his debut for Lancashire in Northampton in 1981 the limelight was stolen by a tall, blond, bespectacled unknown at the other end, who took 8 for 48 with unpretentious late outswing. Barely three months later, Paul Allott was an England cricketer and Lancashire thought they might have their new Brian Statham but Allott never quite got there. He often struggled in tests but remained a mainstay for Lancashire throughout the decade before finding a new career in the commentary box with Sky TV.

Former Lancashire and Nottinghamshire player Jack Bond was the guest for the dinner of the 15th February 1983. He was Lancashire's captain during a golden era in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they emerged as the premier one-day side leading them to three successive Gillette Cups and the first two Sunday League competitions in 1969 and 1970. He also guided them to two second places in the Championship. A solid county batsman he was a key to Lancashire's middle order throughout the 1960s. After he retired he took up coaching but after one season he moved to Nottinghamshire as player-manager captaining them in 1974 as well as becoming a Test selector. He returned to Old Trafford in 1980 for another spell as manager, before becoming a first-class umpire in 1988.

Richard Lumb of Yorkshire came to the Society on the 16th March 1983. At the time he was coming towards the end of his first class career that saw him score almost twelve thousand first class runs in 245 matches over 14 years.

Peter Wynn Thomas played one season in List A cricket for Norfolk in 1983. He was the guest on the 15th April 1983.

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