1984 - 1985 Season Report

1984 - 1985 Season

Geoff Pullar of England, Gloucestershire, Lancashire was the guest speaker for the dinner held on 18th October 1984. Nicknamed "Noddy" because of his ability to fall asleep in any situation he played 28 tests for England between 1959 and 1963 including 131 at Old Trafford, the first Test century scored by a Lancastrian on his home ground.. He played 400 first class matches scoring over 21500 runs between 1954 and 1970.

22nd November 1984 saw Chris Balderstone of England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire visit the Society. He was one of the few men to have played cricket and football at the highest level with most success ccoming on the cricket field where he played a major role in Leicestershire winning their first Championship title in 1975. He played for eight years at Yorkshire, and he won two Test caps against the all-conquering West Indies side of 1976. His soccer career started at Huddersfield Town but after 117 appearances he moved to Carlisle United where he made 369 appearances scoring 68 goals and he was a member of the side which gained promotion to the First Division in 1974-75 before being relegated. Towards the end of his football career he made a piece of history by playing for Leicestershire against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in September, 1975 and, 51 not out at the close of play, dashed to Doncaster where he turned out for Rovers against Brentford in a league match, returning to the crease the next day to finish with 116. After his first class cricekt career ended, Chris became an umpire in 1988. John Christopher Balderstone died suddenly at his home in Carlisle on March 6 2000 at the age of 59.

Tony Quested was the speaker for the dinner held on 11th December 1984.

Alan Wharton of Lancashire, Leicestershire, the MCC and England made his third and as it turned out his final appearance as the guest speaker on 23rd January 1985. Alan sadly passed away on 26th August 1993.

David Steeleformer England, Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire batsman made his second appearance as our speaker on 21st February 1985.

Dennis Amiss of England, Warwickshire was our guest speaker for the dinner of 21st March 1985. Coming towards th end of his professional career Amiss had played 50 tests for England including two innings against West Indies of 262 not out to save the 1973-74 Kingston Test and 203 at The Oval in 1976. He made 11 Test hundredsof which eight exceeded 150. He did well in the early days of limited-overs internationals, scoring England's first ODI century and averaging 47.

Yorkshire's Phil Carrick made his second appearance at the dinner held on 24th April 1985.

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