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NCCC Supporters Club - WEST STAND STORY
The Official Newsletter of Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club (Founded 1988)
new culture at Northampton headed by coach David Ripley. A true and very well deserved team triumph.
This shouldn’t be the end of the story the team needs to keep the momentum going not only to the end of the current season but into the future. This was the Club’s first major trophy for 21 years - let’s not leave it so long until next time….
The opinions expressed in by the authors of articles in West Stand Story do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club.
Working in a secretive place to the South (our PA man Richard Duncombe was also there, he never told me what he did, I told him what I did, ”very little”), we had a print manager called Phil who told me that a printers rep' from up the road often came in, and being a cricket fan would I like to meet him?
He said his name was David Steele. We had a cup of tea in the restaurant and the conversation soon got round to cricket (funny that). I said to Kim, who was on the till, “Do you know who that is?” “No” “It's David Steele” “What does he do then?” I thought it was not worth the effort to develop the conversation.
We all know the story of how David got lost in the Lord's Pavilion when going out to bat at Lord's for his first England game, but apparently it was touch and go whether the umpires would “time him out” for being late. It was always said, Test umpires had no experience of giving people out this way! Lucky for him.
We talked about Thompson and Lillee, then I said “there were no helmets and grills in those days, did you ever feel frightened facing tho...” I could not finish the sentence. (..se two) The immediate response was “NEVER”. I also asked him who was the best bowler he ever faced. His answer slightly surprised me here, but I bowed to greater knowledge, “Andy Roberts.”
A short while later I came across his autobiography in a second hand bookshop (don't tell him it only cost me a pound. “Come in Number 3”). I then said to our print man “can you tell me when David Steele visits again, I would love him to sign my book?” A few weeks later Pauline in reception 'phoned me and said “there is a Mr Steele here to see you”. I was well chufflicated that he had gone out of his way to sign my book, England batsman and BBC Sports Personality of the year, just thought he'd pop in to see me. I introduced him to a colleague, who said earlier he was his hero when he was younger, I have never seen a jaw drop so much.
I sometimes compare people to dogs (in a complimentary way). I would have David Steele down as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Hang on, is that where he came from? Can you imagine Wantage Road in the 1970's, a batsman from the other side is at the crease, David is at silly mid on, a Staffie hound is at silly mid off showing a whole array of gnashers and a panting tongue? Which one would look the most fearsome? If that was me batting I would have said “sorry umpire, I think I have done a leg muscle and will have to retire hurt.”
(Any more tests like that and I am moving to a different planet...!)
ASHTON AGAR (out for 98)
(I realise summer may well be over when you read this, with the leaves tumbling down, and who knows how the Ashes game will turn out today? 13/7/2013)
I was almost in tears when this kid did not get his century batting at number at 11 for the Oz, in the first Test. I think the standing ovation would have gone on for at least half an hour from the English fans. That is why cricket is the best game in the world. We like to win but at the same time we want to have fun and applaud success. I wonder where he will be in ten years time?
PS “Agar” is a funny name though. How many at school remembered growing this stuff in Petri dishes, it was known as a “culture medium”?
It was good to see the news in the July edition of WSS that David Capel has been appointed assistant coach to the England Women’s Cricket Team. Good for him and good for them I’m sure.
But it was particularly good for me because the news reminded me of my only claim to fame. You see, I went to the same school at the same time as Rachel Heyhoe. How about that! Sometimes I even sat next to her in the classroom!!
It was, at that time, one of the few all-girls schools which included cricket in the curriculum. About a week into our first term we were given a choice – tennis or cricket.
Now for me, at the tender age of 11 in the early 50’s, cricket was a very odd pursuit, followed, I believed, by men wearing moustaches, baggy cream coloured trousers and white hob-nailed boots. When they had finished doing whatever it was they did in the middle of a field they put on striped blazers and sat in a row outside a building where they had their photographs taken.
Unsurprisingly, my reply to the games’ mistress’s question was ‘tennis’. Rachael’s was the other one.
So, while she learned her skills and laid the foundation of a glittering career, I pretended to enjoy hitting a ball over a net, or hid behind the bike sheds puffing on a Woodbine.
Eventually, of course, came leaving day and we went our separate ways in the big wide world. From time to time I would read or hear of Rachael’s progress – of her great successes with the bat and ball and her elevation to England team captain. And of course, her marriage to Derek Flint whose surname she, rather unconventionally, added to her own thereby ending up with a double-barrelled one – something I had always craved.
Next thing I hear she is playing in South Africa which for me at that time was about as likely as landing on the moon. In 1972 I read of her appointment to MBE and OBE in 2008. To cap it all in 2010 she is made a baroness and can sit and speak in the House of Lords. She is even invited on to Desert Island Discs!
I sometimes wonder if I had said ‘cricket’ instead of ‘tennis’ way back then, my life may have taken a different turn. Probably not. But at least when there is a lull in the conversation I can chip in with ‘Have I ever mentioned that I went to school with Rachael Heyhoe?’
Several players used the two 20 over’s matches against Unicorns A at the County Ground as a warm up for the main Twenty20 competition. In the first match Andrew Hall hit 83 off 65 balls but Northants’s 137-6 was not enough as the visitors snatched a four wicket victory with one ball to spare. Northants did win the second match by 19 runs. Alex Weakly (50) and David Willey (58) hit fifties in a total of 165-7. Matthew Spiegel then claimed 4-28 as the Unicorns were contained to 146-8.
The two sides met again the following day at Bundle School in a 40-over Trophy match. A drafted in Rob White hit 58 and Tom Lance field 58* in a total of 260-5. Rain ended proceedings with the Unicorns 93-1 in the 18th over. Duckworth/Lewis made Northants the victors by 1 run.
A first innings century by James Kettle borough was the highlight of the Friendly match at Derby in early July. Kettle borough hit 145 as Northants replied to the hosts 269 (realist Busman Arid 4-39) with 260. However Derbyshire were able to declare at 407-4 in their seconds innings and Northants were dismissed for 184 to lose by 232 runs.
The friendly match against Scotland A at the County Ground in July saw Stephen Peters (92) return to action with the top score in a first innings of 289. The Scots were dismissed for 216 with Ollie Stone (4-33) and Luke Evans (4-66) taking the bowling honours. Second innings centuries from Rob Keogh (114) and James Kettle borough (100*) enabled a declaration to be made at 236-1. Set 310 to win the visitors won impressively by six wickets.
The Seconds returned to Trophy action with a five-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Dunstable. Luke Evans took 4-22 as the visitors could manage only 157-8 in their 40 over’s. The county recovered from 24-3 thanks to Stephen Peters (50) and Ricky Moore (68*)winning in the last over.
The two sides met in a Championship fixture at Campbell Park with David Sales (155*) dominating the opening day as Northants declared at 319-4. Will Tavares - nephew of former England batsman Chris - hit an unbeaten 101 and Gloucestershire declared at 240-5. Rob Keogh (42) top scored as Northants were bowled out for 160 to leave the visitors 240 to win. They finished on 172-6.
Members and Steel backs season ticket holders can claim one free ticket for one of Northampton Town’s home matches in the forthcoming season. This is part of a reciprocal arrangement which saw Cobblers season ticket holders able to claim free entrance to one T20 match. To receive the free entry members and ticket holders must collect a voucher from the Ticket Office during normal office hours or email email@example.com.
David Sales was named in the best Twenty20 XI as voted for by cricket fans. The ECB announced the team - selected from those who have participated in the first 10 years of the competition - in early July.
The Kevin Curran Memorial match - a 12 over encounter played prior to the T20 match against Glamorgan - saw the Northamptonshire Legends defeat their Gloucestershire counterparts by 12 runs. The match helped to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and featured Alan Fordham, Allan Lamb, Rob Bailey, David Capel as well as Curran’s sons Ben, Sam and Tom.
Three of the hospitality suites in the Lynn Wilson Centre have been renamed after former greats from the County’s history. David Steele, Frank Tyson and Peter Willey are the men to be honoured.
The match between Northants Disability Cricket and a Help For Heroes XI on 19 July raised £2,858 for the charity. The Disability XI won the 20-over match by 54 runs.
David Willey was named in the England Lions squad to face Bangladesh A in three one-day games in mid-August.
STEPHEN PETERS BENEFIT YEAR
Sunday 1 September Cricket Match at Burton Latimer CC
Wednesday 11 September Golf Day at Wellingborough
Thursday 21 November Beaujolais Dinner.
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With hot Summer days here at last I remember cricket teas on a Thursday afternoon - fifty years ago.
The ground was next to a bakery and we would collect three newly sliced loaves and make a start. There was bottled gas for hot water and two large old teapots - with just enough room for two of us to prepare the simple tea.
Each player had three sandwiches and a piece of slab cake with as much tea as they could drink. The cost was 1/6d and we were always thanked by the players.
We helpers had time to enjoy the game and the peaceful surroundings of the ground. Happy simple days - with fond memories of seasons past.
SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2013
It’s that time of year again! Your chance to vote for your choice as Northants Cricket’s MVP for this season. It’s a pleasure to say : - what a choice you have! 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of this award - which was first presented to Allan Lamb back in 1993. David Willey was your choice last season - will he hold on to the title and join other multiple winners Tony Penberthy (three times), Mike Hussey and David Sales (twice each). Please pick up a voting slip from the Signal Box and return to us by the end of August. We aim to make the presentation during the final home match of the season against Kent in mid-September.
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