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 Season 1956:

The season finished on a rather disappointing note, for after being within striking distance of the League Championship with only two matches to play, the team finally finished fifth.

Both of these last matches were lost, which came as an anti-climax to a very exciting season, during which many anxious moments were spent before the matches were either won or lost.

Games which immediately spring to mind are the win by 4 runs against the MEB Engineers, and another by 3 runs against the Estates Department, and the match we lost to the Water Department by 1 run early on in the season.

Perhaps the most anxious time of all was after the match against the Welfare Department, when after the scores had been checked and re-checked it was decided that both sides had scored 106 runs; or perhaps it was during the first match of the season with the Education Department when the light became so bad that it became doubtful if we should ever reach a result.

A E Young headed the batting averages scoring 107 runs for an average of 25.4 and Maurice Eley was top of the bowling taking 30 wickets for 180 runs - an average of 6 runs per wicket.

Unfortunately, our skipper - Ken Whittaker - injured his hand in the game against the Treasurers Dept. and we were deprived of his services for the remaining 5 matches of the season.

The final League Table is shown, which I hope will be of interest to some. 

Jim Allkins

 

 Club
Matches
Won
 
Lost
 
Tied 
 Cancelled
or
Abandoned
 Points
 1 Rates
 14
10 
 2
 
 2
 226
 2 Public Works
 14
 9
 3
 
 2
 221
 3 Water
 14
 9
 3
 
 2
 202
 4 Teachers
 14
 9
 1
 
 4
 196
 5 Bank
 14
 7
 4
 1
 2
 185
 6 MEB (Accounts)
 14
 5
 4
 
 5
 177
 7 MEB (Engineers)
 14
 6
 4
 
 4
 173
 8 Housing
 14
 6
 5
 
 3
 171
 9 Welfare
 14
 6
 6
 1
 1
 163
 10 Estates
 14
 4
 6
 1
 3
 145
 11 Treasurers
 14
 3
 6
 
 5
 144
 12 Education
 14
 3
 9
 
 2
 120
 13 Health
 14
 2
 9
 
 3
 109
 14 Town Clerks
 14
 1
 8
 1
 4
 106
 15 Magistrates
 14
 1
 11
 
 2
 86
Season 1957 (Interim Report):

The Cricket Team have made an average start to the Season. The first two matches were lost - one by one run on the last ball of the game, the other two matches played have been won comfortably.

To date the batting honours are going to Alf Young, who was leading batsman last year, ably supported by Maurice Eley, Tony Green, and Ken Whittaker. The brunt of the bowling is being borne by Maurice Eley, Les Bellmore and Neville Alsop, supported by Alf Young. During the last two games played, the fielding reached the standard attained in the championship year of 1955.
 
Appreciation and thanks are due to members of the team who have turned out to play after only a few hours notice, due to last minute “hitches”.
Since the season began the Club has lost one member, Alan Hockridge, who has left the Staff and to whom the team wish every success in his new venture. A welcome is extended to new members - David Morgan and Mike Davenport.
The Six-a-Side Knock-out Tournament is a feature of our season - not that the Bank team progressed very far in either 1955 or 1956. The reason for this may have been that the Final night is held on a Friday and that it would not be “cricket” for a chosen few to play whilst the rest of the Staff work - Here’s hoping for 1957.

J G Eyre
PS: Congratulations to the Club on winning the first round of the Six-a-Side.

Season 1957 (Final Report):

The end of the 1957 season was disappointing insofar as two of the last three matches were “rained-off”, with the remaining game being lost to the Rates Department, who were the Evening League winners for the second season in succession. The Bank were seventh in the League Table with 157 points from 13 matches compared with fifth position last year having scored 185 points; nevertheless the Team finished in the right half of the Table.

There are two outstanding feats to be reported, however, this season. The Club were runners-up in the six-a-side competition, and even more remarkable, Les Bellmore was seventh in the League batting averages with an average of 27.4 in 8 innings. Congratulations Les on also being first in the Bank bowling averages with an average of 11.04 runs p/wkt., closely followed by Maurice Eley with 11.2 runs p/wkt. Ken Whittaker had another good season scoring more runs than any other member of the team, although he did not top the averages.

The end of the season cannot be allowed to pass without thanking the Golf Club for the loan of one of their star players, who in one game for the Cricket Club scored 23 not out with some “lovely drives to the fairway”. I trust that was the right term!

Thanks also due to Messrs. Spencer, Camwell, Monk and Pardoe for their invaluable help during the season - to Miss Cowley for the distribution of team sheets etc and to our “faithful few” regular supporters. 

J G EYRE

Season 1958: 

The summer of 1958 will be remembered by everyone, not least the cricketers, as one of the worst for many years. Nevertheless, the Bank had a good season, finishing third in the League and reaching the semi-finals of the Six-a-Side Tournament. Mr M Eley topped the batting averages scoring 133 runs in 7 innings (2 not out), and Mr A Young took the bowling honours with 25 wickets for 161 runs. An encouraging feature of the batting this year was the successful opening partnership between Mr N Alsop and Mr A Rogers who scored 122 and 121 runs respectively in 10 innings. The strong point of the team this season has been the bowling, only 568 runs conceded in 9 matches, less than any season since 1947.

Two of the young ladies on the staff are desirous of forming a LADIES CRICKET TEAM. I am sure that if any ladies interested in playing would approach any member of the Club during the close season, they will be shown how to bowl a maiden over!

The final positions in the Evening League are as follows:

 

 


 Club
Matches
Won
 
Lost
 
Tied 
Abandoned
 Points
 1 MEB Engineers
 12
 8 
 1
 
 3
 186
 2 Treasurers
 12
 7
 2
 
 3
 171
 3 Municipal Bank
 12
 6
 3
 
 3
 156
 4 Health
 12
 6
 4
 
 2
 155
 5 Wel-Ed
 12
 6
 4
 
 2
 141
 6 Housing
 12
 5
 3
1
 3
 140
 7 Town Clerks
 12
 5
 6
 
 1
 138
 8 Teachers
 12
 5
 5
 
 2
 132
 9 Rates
 12
 3
 5
 1
 3
 122
 10 Public Works
 12
 3
 5
 
 4
 119
 11 Magistrates
 12
 2
 9
 
 1
 100
 12 Water
 12
 3
 7
 
 2
 91
 13 MEB Accounts
 12
 2
 7
 
 3
 88
Season 1959: 

A wonderful summer has meant an enjoyable few months for cricketers and for the first time in nine seasons, not one Bank fixture was cancelled owing to rain. Hard wickets have meant a fatiguing but enjoyable (?) season for bowlers and fielders.

The Bank finished sixth in the Evening League scoring 135 points compared with 156 points for third position last year. In an exciting season the Bank lost 4 matches during the last over of the game - meaning 40 points lost and championship aspirations.

Mr Rogers, in only his second season with the Club, scored over 300 runs out of 843, finishing second in the Bank averages and eighth in the League placings. Mr Alsop was first in the bowling averages taking 13 wickets for an average of 10.8 rpw. Mr Eley topped the Bank batting averages scoring 133 runs for an average of 26.6

Unfortunately two members of the Club were unable to play during the past season namely Messrs. Bellmore and Haslam. Sincere hopes for a complete recovery and quick return to active service are conveyed to them on behalf of all Club members - especially to Mr Haslam who is still “under doctor’s orders”.

JGE

The final league table is as follows:

 

 Club
Matches
Won
 
Lost
 
Tied 
Abandoned
 Points
 1 MEB Engineers
 12
 11 
 1
 
 
 211
 2 Teachers
 12
 9
 3
 
 
 171
 3 MEB Accounts
 12
 7
 3
1
 1
 164
 4 Water
 12
 6
 6
 
 
 151
 5 Housing
 12
 5
 3
2
 2
 143
 6 Bank
 12
 6
 6
 
 
 135
 7 Treasurers
 12
 5
 6
 
 1
 134
 8 Town Clerks
 12
 5
 6
1
 
 132
 9 Rates
 12
 5
 7
 
 
 131
 10 Welfare-Ed
 12
 5
 5
1
 1
 125
 11 Public Works
 12
 3
 8
1
 
 108
 12 Health
 12
 3
 9
 
 
 90
 13 Magistrates-Est
 12
 2
 9
 
 1
 87