The summer of 1962 has been disappointing both for weather and our cricket results. Only two games in the Evening League were won this season, the second being a convincing victory over one of the stronger teams in the championship - namely Teachers - unfortunately this did not act as a confidence "booster".
The failure this year appears to stem from the fact that the batsmen were not able to lay the foundation of a high score allowing the bowlers a chance to attack the opposing batsmen more. This season the Bank scored only 502 runs as opposed to 922 runs last year.
The six-a-side tournament was however our "little ray of sunshine", with the team progressing to the semi-final, being defeated by the eventual winners of the trophy, MEB Engineers.
Keith Haslam and John Eyre are to be congratulated on finishing top of the bowling and batting averages respectively. Keith Haslam taking 5 wickets for 30 runs for an average of 6 rpw, followed by Neville Alsop 10 for 128 (average 12.8 rpw), John Eyre scoring 83 runs for an average of 16.6, with Maurice Eley second scoring 38 for an average of 12.56.
The appreciation of the members of the Club is due to Mrs Kirtland and Mrs Peers for providing a trophy to be won annually by one of the playing members - the Frank Kirtland Cricket Cup, in memory of Frank Kirtland who always took a keen and active interest in cricket in general and the Bank team in particular.
The thanks of the Club are due to the scorers for this season, to Miss Cowley and Head Office secretarial staff for their help with the administrative work, to the President and Vice-Presidents for their support and to the Staff Association for financial aid.
J G Eyre
After the atrocious winter, the main hope for cricketers, golfers, ramblers etc is one long, glorious Summer. The main event for the Club, during the close season, has been the Golfing & Cricket Club Dinner where the prizes for each section were presented by Mrs Sutherland and Mrs Raftery. The meal and company were excellent and a very pleasant evening were enjoyed by all present. For the first time the Cricket Club had their own cup, the "Frank Kirtland Cricket Cup". This, being presented to the Club by Mrs Kirtland and Mrs Peers, was then awarded to Mr K N Whittaker.
As a team, we look forward to a successful and happy season and hope to welcome new members to our "ranks".
The date of the Annual General Meeting will be announced in April.
After a mixed start, with 2 matches won, 3 lost and 2 cancelled, the Bank finished the season with a flourish, winning the last three matches and finished 6th in the league, scoring 128 points.
The last two matches proved particularly exciting and gave an added 'piquancy' to the season. In the match v Direct Labour the Bank batted disastrously scoring 30 runs for the loss of 8 wkts. only to be saved by a dour, brilliant partnership of 45 overs between Eric Bignell (12 no) and John Ordish (28 no). The bowlers then struck form and Direct Labour were dismissed for 44, Les Bellmore taking 6 wkts. for 11 runs. The match v Town Clerks was not decided until the last over when the Bank won by 3 runs.
John Ordish is to be congratulated on finishing top of the batting averages with an average of 27.0. Also to be congratulated is Ray Lovell who was the mainstay of the batting, scoring 216 runs for an average of 21.6. The bowling honours go to Les Bellmore with 18 wkts. for 163 runs, an average of 9.06 rpw, followed by the 'skipper' Keith Haslam with an average of 11.7 runs per wicket.
Once again many thanks to our faithful regular supporters, to the playing members, to the paying members, to the Staff Association and to Miss Spencer and HO Secretarial Staff for their help. In all an enjoyable season.
J G Eyre