MALC RIPLEY has sent in this photo of a South Holderness Cricket Club (SHCC) 1st XI team.
With his impeccable memory (it must be a trait of cricket umpires!?) Malc describes below the characters in this photograph. We wonder what year the photo was taken (if you think you know, leave a comment)? We hope that Malc can provide the answer!?
Harry Scarah. Groundsman, Hedge clipper, he cut them all by hand on the three sides of their Middle Lane ground, being the only person known to have used a scythe on the edges of the outfield. More often than not, Harry had a cig dangling from the corners of his mouth whilst he swished away merrily! He was a long serving, loyal volunteer, as well as being the Hedon Mayor’s Sergeant- at-Mace, but a leg injury curtailed his cricket playing days.
Fred “Pasty” Fewlass – nicknamed for his known love of crusty pastry .Another long serving member, going on to Score and to Umpire. A hard-hitting batsman and a fine fielder.
John “Jack” Hill – preferred to play in the An Xl where he proved to be a fine pace bowler, it is thought that Jack holds the Club record for most wickets for that particular side, although the records are unreliable.
Arthur Marshall – a ’round arm’ but accurate bowler. Nicknamed ‘Baron Westhaven’ after his house in Sheriff Highway, was the Secretary before becoming the Treasurer. Not recognised for his batting skills.
Arthur Iveson – Another long servant, played a big part in helping to help finance the Club along with Guy Dossor, and with ST Johnson, in the move to the current ground in 1936.
Usually liked to open the batting, a Club Captain, being a useful wicket- keeper. His father also played for the Club for many years.
Reg Skinner – a tall right arm bowler, who was called “Buckrat” by Ted Crane, Reg was known to break stubborn partnerships with an excellent delivery!
Major H Campbell Johnson – The SHCC President from 1930 until 1956, a non-player, but supported most home matches.
Billy (WH) Heron. A somewhat quirky, unusual batsman, being yet another local long serving member. A Builder and Small holder
John Heron – Billy’s son, batted almost anywhere in the team, but was not known to score a fifty during his lengthy career. His favourite shot being a ‘late cut’ or also recognised as a ‘dab’ outside his off stump!
Fred Palmer – well-known as a ‘charmer’, a very useful bowler, with a smooth action. Usually hit the ball hard.
Ted Fewson. A Farmer from Lelley, there were few better Club Members than the hard-working Ted. He was Secretary, Chairman, Treasurer, as well as a popular Captain. Even found the time to do ground work.
Geoff Credland – a very tall fast bowler, often with a good haul of victims, a clean hitter when he batted.
Alf Brown – played in the AN Xl, but possessed a good eye when batting, well-remembered for probably the biggest hit ever witnessed at Middle Lane. Alf once hit a ball from the Haven end of the ground, way, way over the pair of horse-chestnut trees. It was finally recovered from a dew pond where the bungalows now stand on Draper’s Lane. His six hit was paced at 110 yards. He hit a rapid 85 that day, but Holderness still suffered defeat!.
Never-the-less, Happy days!
Malc Ripley began as a cricket Umpire in 1962 aged 24 – he puts this move into ‘officialdom’ down to being excluded from the SHCC XI that year due to his loss of form as a batsman and an off-spinner! Prior to playing cricket, Malc had been a scorer at local matches (pictured here age of 11 or 12 from a photo sent in by Malc’s cousin Pete Robson).