BMB CRICKET CLUB
1974 proved to be a very successful season. The Bank won the Corporation Evening League for the second
time in 4 years. The Club was just beaten in the semi-final of the six-a-side competition for the third year running. The only disappointment
of the season was once again the failure to make any impact in the H. J. Moss Knockout Cup. A mixture of youth and experience gave
the side the required balance.
The evening league was the highlight of the season; winning all the 12 matches played. The strength
of the side's batting often proved to be far beyond the opposition's capabilities. The bowling and fielding gave excellent support
to the batting performances. The last two games of the season proved to be very exciting and also the deciding games, as in one game
the Bank defeated the Housing Department, the only side who could have won the league had the Bank faltered at the end.
prize was awarded to Mick Reed, who scored 370 runs at an average of 61.66. Bob Milne was second, scoring 182 runs at an average of
45.5 and Phil Willetts came third with 180 at an average of 45.
The bowling prize was awarded to Alf Young, one of the Club's longest
serving members. He took 14 wickets for 106 runs at an average of 7.6. Phil Willetts was second taking 21 wickets for 246 runs at
an average of 11.7.
The Kirtland Cup was awarded to Phil Willetts. The batting and bowling figures show the reason why he has gained
the award once more. Phil has proved this year that he is a very good Captain.
The F. W. Parsonage Award for the most promising newcomer
to the side was awarded to Keith Boden. Keith has come into the side as a very good middle order batsman and a very fine fielder.
A just reward for a very good season's work.
The photograph was taken at the Champion's night. Two very important members are missing:
Bob Milne, who was scoring a century for Warwickshire, and Kenny Allen who was on holiday; both helped with the Club's success.
is shown for the continued support of the President and Vice-Presidents and to the Staff Association for the Grant received.
Back Row: Ray Lovell; Malcolm Smith; L Smith (scorer); Ray Lewis: John Mace; Neville Alsop; Clive Mace
Front Row: Keith Boden;
Rob Wilden; Phil Willetts (captain); Mike Reed (vice-captain)
Members of staff enjoying the Cricket Club Outing include
Keith Boden; Mick Jones; Ian Rippin; Alan Stacey; Ivor Crigman; and Andy