During the 1968 cricket season the results were almost as disappointing as the weather. The Bank won three matches, lost six and had three rained off, finishing in eleventh place out of thirteen.
In the six-a-side competition we received a bye in the first round and were beaten by the eventual winners, Housing Department, in the second round. Housing batted first and scored 83-2 and we replied with 56 all out.
This season the Bank entered a new competition, the H J Moss Knock-out Cup. Twenty Trustee Savings Banks entered and they were split into four groups of five teams. Although we managed to reach the semi-final we were beaten by the eventual winners (once again), East Anglia TSB at Norwich. To reach the semi-final we met and defeated Walsall TSB and North Staffs TSB.
Ray Lovell has won the batting prize this year scoring 157 runs (avge 31.4) finishing fifth in the overall league list. John Ordish won the bowling prize, taking 4 wickets for 25 (avge 6.25).
The F W Parsonage Prize for the most promising youngster has been awarded to Clive Brown who only started playing for the team mid-way through the season, but he impressed us with his batting, bowling and fielding.
The Frank Kirtland Cup has been awarded to John Eyre for his services to the Club, particularly as Secretary, a position he has held for ten years.
Anyone interested in playing cricket for the Bank next season should contact me at Bearwood Branch.
R A BUNTEN
The 1969 Season proved to be very successful. We were able to play all but two of our twelve matches, winning eight and losing only two. The only two teams to beat us were MEB Engineers and Public Works Department, the latter winning the Championship and having us runners-up with Housing Department.
In the six-a-side competition, we were defeated in the second round by Housing Department. After beating Town Clerk's Department, Housing Department went on to win the final.
In the H J Moss KO Competition we beat Walsall TSB and Chester, Wrexham and North Wales TSB but were defeated by Coventry TSB in a very close match in the regional final. The scores were Coventry 89-9, Bank 87. In this match Ron Moll had bowling figures of 8 wickets for 12 runs.
The batting prize was won by Philip Willetts who scored 222 runs at an average of 44.4, followed by Keith Hicks and Clive Mace.
The bowling prize has been won by Ron Moll. In all matches he captured 23 wickets for 158 runs at an average of 6.87, followed by Philip Willetts and Alf Young.
The most encouraging feature of this season was the way the younger members fitted into the team which was very well captained by Ray Lovell. Keith Hicks, Clive Brown, John Mace and Michael Reed, all played a vital part in our successful run. It is the younger members who will form the nucleus of the team in the future, so anyone who would like to join us next season should contact me at Bearwood Branch.
R A BUNTEN