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Pelsall Cricket & Sports Club
THE MIDDLE YEARS 1946 - 1974

In 1946 the club revived, and also changed its ground. moving next door onto its present site, No cricket was played on this ground ,however. during this season because it was still being prepared. All home matches were played on Leamore Playing Fields. The first post-war Captain was Major W.G. Davis. Vice-Captain, C.D. Harmer. The 2nd team Captain was A. Hayward. There was also a junior section formed for 14-16 year olds. In this first season everybody was feeling their feet again, but there were some good performances by G. Hyman (80 n.o.) against BRIERLEY HILL 149-5 dec. and J. Bowdler (58) v. HARRISONS. For the bowlers J. Holmes was very useful. A glance at some of his performances reads (5-29) v. HARRISONS. (8-20) v RUSHALL and (6-16) v. BRIERLEY HILL.

PELSALL FIRST XI 1964On Tuesday, 27th May 1947, the new ground was opened by the President D.W.W. McCullough. This was followed by a match with the ACORNS. a team made up of players from County and Birmingham League sides. Pelsall lost this match after the Acorns declared 151-9. J. Hossell (Warwickshire) (63) also (4-9), C. Mitchell (West Bromwich Dartmouth) (3-1). PeIsall's score was 46, top batsman W.G. Davis (13). Pelsall had a good bowler this year in the form of E. Tebbett. The end result speaks for itself (5-28) G.K.N.: (6-31) v. BRIERLEY HILL: (6-16) v. FORDHOUSES and (6-54) v. BLOXWICH. At the end of the first season on their new ground, the first team Played 18. Won 8. Drew 2, Lost 7, Tied 1. The second team Played 16. Won 6, Drew 2. Lost 8.

In 1948 the club changed its name to Pe!sall Cricket & Sports Club. It was also noted that Sunday matches were to be played for the first time. Some of the players of the 1948 season were W.G. Davis, H. Witcutt. R. Law, A Stackhouse. C. Stackhouse. L Jones. A. Dilks, E. Breedon, J. Edwards, E. Tebbett, D. Wright, H. Ward.

The opening match of 1949 against FORDHOUSE, Pelsall scored 160 runs in 100 minutes, H. Witcutt (56) against 114.There was also a good individual performance this season by Les Jones who scored (79 n.o.) against ELWELLS, (71 n.o.) against TIPTON NOMADS and the first 100 on the present ground against HASHMERE IMPERIALS 204-4 dec.

We now move on to 1950 where we find the bowlers are making a name for themselves, namely R. Law and A. Aldridge. Starting with a Sunday game against HENRY MEADOWS, R Law took (5-16): against.ASTON 0.E. (6-18): and against TIPTON WARRIORS (9-11). Albert Aldridge doing equally well in a match against CANNOCK CHASE COLLIERY took (7-14) taking 5 wickets in one over including a "hat-trick". He also took (6-7) against ASTON 0.E., (7-19) against SANKEYS. (6-9) against RUGELEY and (7-25) against TAMWORTH.

The season 1951 saw Pelsall defeating E.C.C. (Wolverhampton) 167-4 dec.-62, L. Jones (74 n.o.) N. Cross (50 n.o.) Against CANNOCK & RUGELEY COLLIERY 131-126 R Law scored (75 no) He was also useful with a ball as R.A.F. HARBOURNE found out when he bowled (6-12). Albert Aldridge continued to make his presence felt with some notable figures, namely (7-19) against CO-OPERATIVE (B'HAM): (8-37) against G.K.N. and (7-15) against VICEROY (B'HAM).

Let's look at some of the second team players of 1952 - T. Morgan. W. Clayton. Rev. R. W. Reavill, W. Lowbridge. G. Ashfield. R. Perry, J, Edwards, G. Ashwell. G Clernents. C. Stackhouse, A. E. Dilks.

Pelsall lost to Walsall "A" in the final of the Knockout Cup 84-98, W.G. Davis, however, became the first holder of the "Parry" Cup, donated by Mr. O. R. Parry for the highest individual score in the competition (64) against Bloxwich in the semi-final, and Ray Law took (131) wickets in the season. Looking at some of the 2nd team's scores for the 1953 season, it is found that they gave a good account of themselves, notably at home against STEWARTS & LLOYDS 138-9 dec., C. Stackhouse (58), W. Clayton (38), the return match away 149-86, G. Ashwell (33 n.o.), J. Edwards (5-19) taking 4 wickets in 5 balls against SELLY OAK, and a good performance by C. Stackhouse (75) against G.K.N. in a drawn game. Also Les Jones (121 n.o.) against BIRMINGHAM POST.

In 1954 the Sunday team went undefeated throughout the season, the first time this had been achieved in the club's history. The end of season figures showing Played 21, Won 10, Drawn 6, rained off 5.
In 1954 we had another century maker when Tom Morgan hit (100 n.o.) against WEOLEY HILL away 155-134 and the following week in a drawn game against GREENFLIES, Tom showed everyone that he could also bowl taking (5-20) with E. Carnwell (81 n.o.).Another outstanding performance was that of Albert Aldridge who for the fourth season in a row exceeded (100) wickets. His total for the four seasons now stood at (566) wickets. Just before the start of the 1955 season Albert was presented with a replica of a cricket ball on three crossed stumps for this achievement. "Ambidextrous Albert" resumed 1955 where he left off last September. In the opening match against JOHN CASHMORE, Albert bowled (6-17) followed by (6-27) against STEWARTS & LLOYDS and (7-19) against ALLENS CROSS. The high spot of an interesting game against CANNOCK was when Albert (3-35) brought off a splendid catch from his own bowling, the unfortunate victim being W. Inskip. In this game Captain T. Morgan (39) and N. Cross (29) batted well. Albert also became a century maker when he scored (119) against Dudley R.A.F. 140-5 dec.

There were some good men at Pelsall in the fifties. In a match against KYNOCHS, N. Cross made (108) with H. Witcutt making (57). Pelsall scored 284 for 4. Another great highlight of 1955 was the winning of the Walsall Knockout Cup, the first time since 1937. Pelsall played Y.M.F. in a two leg match and won 142-98 and 42-0-85. Members of the winning team were T. Morgan (Capt.), M. Jennings, E. Eveson, A. Aldridge, K. Smith, K. Rowley, R. Challenor, R. Law, P. Pemberton, N. Cross, H. Witcutt. Pelsall made the Knockout final again in 1956 but were well beaten by Walsall "A" at Gorway. Batting and bowling amongst all the teams this season was fairly consistent. The most notable matches being:- For the first team-N. Cross (63) and K. Smith (4-16) against G. H. MASTERS XI 122-37, A. Aldridge (9-15) against Y.M.F. 106-30 and A. Cross (71), D. Law (35) against MADLEY. For the second team-M. Jennings (7-13) and (28), C. Stack-house (35) against STEWARTS AND LLOYDS 109-85, and M. Clayton (7-35) and again M. Jennings (30) against Y.M.F. 139-61, and the Sunday team, R. Law (49) and (3-16) against ALLENS CROSS 137-135, N. Cross (42), P. Swallow (24 n.o.) against YARDLEY 161-40, and N. Cross (26), T. Morgan (20) and A. Aldridge (7-20) against SANDWELL CASTINGS 72-62.

A. Cross opened the 1957 season well against JOHN CASHMORE 179-64 with (116 n.o.), the first time an opening batsman had exceeded three figures in an opening match. For this achievement he was presented with an autographed bat by Mr, Sidney Barnes, a former Staffordshire and England Cricketer.
The 1957 season showed some excellent individual performances with both bat and ball, N. Cross (70), K. Rowley (63) and (3-14) against SANDWELL CASTINGS, H. Spanswick (52 n.o.) against BIL-STON, Ben Guest (80 n.o.) and B. Gutteridge (7-22) against WHEATON ASTON. Ken Rowley was in good form making (82) against STEWARTS & LLOYDS and (61) against TALBOT STEAD. Ken finished the season with over 900 runs to his credit.

Captain Tom Morgan opened the 1958 season with an excellent (66) against Y.M.C.A. (Birmingham), as usual A. Aldridge was also in good form (8-16). On Friday, 11th May, 1958, in a match against Stewarts & Lloyds 159-62, A. Aldridge collected (5-31), the last wicket bringing his total up to 1,000 wickets in seven seasons. Albert went on to exceed 100 wickets for the eighth consecutive season. Let's look at some of the players in 1958-B. Morton, G. Weston, J. Maund, W. Pemberton, B. Ivey, W. Payne, D. Redwood, J. Fowler, R. Perry, P. Swallow, D. Law, R. Law, B. Guest and many more.

In the 1959 season we saw another three figure score, this time Norman Cross (122 n.o.) against G.K.N. in an exciting match G.K.N. 173-8 dec. Pelsall 175-5. Other notable matches were the local derby against RUSHALL with T. Morgan (57 n.o.) and against WOMBOURNE, N. Cross (35), A. Aldridge (A-25), A. Young (4-25). A. Young also (6-25) against KYNOCHS. Pelsall recorded the first win of the 1960 season at WEDNESFIELD 126-100, A. Aldridge (7-49). In June a local derby against BLAKEN-ALL saw Pelsall 2nds 147, S. Evans (54), C. Stackhouse (43) win well, Blakenall 116 with the Rev. T. James taking (4-44) and W. Payne (3-25). Also against KYNOCHS, Pelsall 2nds 173 for 5, M. Jennings (61), A. Cross (43), Kynochs 75, B. Dowen (4-27), M. Clayton (3-3). The Holiday Monday game saw Pelsall score 160 for 5 in reply to Yardley's 156 all out, N. Cross (56), K. Rowley (60 n.o.). Pelsall 2nds' good record continued with a win over G.E.C. 182-62, A. Poxton (61), J. Taylor (43). On July 2nd, RYOSTYLLAN, a Welsh team, visited Pelsall and scored 75, B. Dowen (5-21), A. Aldridge (4-20). Pelsall scored 76 without loss, N. Cross, (44), J. Maund (28). Pelsall seconds continued to play well beating RUSHALL 89-64, G. Weston (5-18) and completed a double over KYNOCHS, 122-112, S. Evans (36), M. Clayton (25) and (4-41).

The following weekend saw three wins, the Saturday 1sts playing DUDLEY St. JOHNS 102-30, B. Dowen (7-12). The 2nds beating WHEATON ASTON 59-44, B. Kenyon (7-18). The Sunday team beating DUDLEY "A" 171-55, N. Cross (60), B. Guest (68), this being the best opening stand of the season-119. Two veterans of the club, namely Len Hayward, aged 72, and Bill Clayton, aged 57, scored 7 and 2 respectively out of a total of 81 in a match against ALLENS CROSS but unfortunately Pelsall lost by 9 wickets.

1961 saw Pelsall beat STOCKINGFORD 107-91, R. Perry (41), L. Bennett (5-31), and in another good win in a high scoring game played against COVENTRY GAS, Pelsall scored the 147 needed to win in 100 minutes with R. Perry (76 n.o.) and J. Maund (34). Pelsall also beat WALSALL WOOD 74-29, B. Guest (8-9) and ALLENS CROSS 71-70, W. Wilson (34), B. Kenyon (4-20).

Both teams recorded wins over BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD in July, 1st XI 102-49, N. Cross (40), H. Witcutt (30), L. Bennett (5-18). The 2nd XI 57-5, T. Morgan (19), BARTON 56 all out, Healey (2-3), Perry (2-5). Pelsall were pleased this season to win the local derby against BLOXWICH, scoring 100 for 7, bowling Bloxwich out for 98, L. Bennett (5-33). They also beat ENGLISH ELECTRIC the following day, getting the 77 runs needed for victory with 7 wickets to spare, J. Maund (48 n.o.). One of the early games in 1962 resulted in Pelsall and Blakenall finishing in a tied game of 89, B. Guest (5-27), Pelsall losing the last two wickets in two balls. A few weeks later the 2nds had a close game against BLAKENALL 68, Maurice Clayton (5-30), Mike Clayton (4-31), Pelsall 70-6. They also beat BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD 188-55, E. Barton (85), Maurice Clayton (53 n.o.) and Mike Clayton (5-14).

One weekend in July saw Albert Aldridge help Pelsall to two good wins taking (5-40) against TRYSULL & SEISDON and (5-14) against WALMLEY, including 3 clean bowled in 4 deliveries. The season ended well with victory over WALSALL PHOENIX 118, B. Guest (6-24), Pelsall 120 for 5, N. Cross (42), E. Eveson (38) and a win against WALSALL WOOD 114, B. Guest (5-16), Pelsall 121, T. Morgan (36), C. Stackhouse (25).

1963 began very poorly, but started as 1962 had ended with Pelsall playing WALSALL WOOD 39, Pelsall winning by 9 wickets, M. Clayton (5-30), B. Guest (3-7). Pelsall 2nds beat WALSALL PHOENIX 83-49, C. Stackhouse (33) and achieving a double beating PENN 171-53, W. Jones (50), H. Witcutt (49), M. Clayton (6-18), PENN 2nds 65, L. Bennett (4-17), Pelsall 67 for 4, R. Perry (44) (and 4 catches behind the stumps). The club record opening stand of 182 was set up by A. Aldridge (117 n.o.) and R. Challenor (59 n.o.) playing against Express & Star with the runs gained in only 27 overs. Pelsall 127-4, DUDLEY St. JOHNS 61, A. Barton (25 n.o.), R. Wood (22 n.o.) and A. Aldridge (9-20 off 16 overs). In a match against RUSHALL 83, Pelsall 84-3, R. Challenor (31 n.o.), W. Jones (27), A. Aldridge (8-25), this being Albert's 100th wicket of the season. Pelsall 2nds had an even closer game, Pelsall 83, B. Stringer (25), RUSHALL 82, R. Perry taking the last 2 wickets without conceding a run. G.K.N. 141, B. Guest (4-29), Pelsall 142-1, A. Aldridge (77), W. Jones (60 n.o.), A. Aldridge being out when only two runs short of victory. The third double was recorded against BIRMINGHAM GAS OFFICIALS ending this season on a good note. Pelsall 159-6, W. Jones (62), BIRMINGHAM GAS 60, A. Aldridge (6-14 in 27 overs). The 2nd team game was very close, Pelsall 81, R. Perry (31), Birmingham Gas 79, M. Jennings (4-17 including 3 wickets in one over).

The 1964 season commenced with yet another double, against SANKEYS 136-84, B. Guest (52), T. Morgan (24 n.o.), Mike Clayton (7-24). The 2nds recording a close victory over SANKEYS 64, L. Bennett (4-29), J. Ash (4-30), Pelsall 65-9, and a victory against STOCKLANDS 106, Pelsall 107 for 4, K. Rowley (41), R. Challenor (32 n.o.). Yet another victory to note was against F. H, LLOYDS who scored 130, Pelsall 142-7, R. Challenor (56), K. Rowley (34). The final match of the season took place against RUSHALL 100, E. Barton (5-38) and saw Pelsall 165-4 victorious again, K. Rowley (39), W. Jones (32), R. Challenor (30).

Mr. Len Hayward announced his retirement after 60 years of playing and umpiring for the club, but carried on with his position of President. During May, 1965. Pelsall beat BEVERLEY 126-24. R. Challenor (76 nro.), W. Payne (25 n.o ). A Aldridge (7-8) and the next day Pelsall batted first against WALSALL "A" with a (50) from T. Morgan. Walsall "A" 25, B. Guest (7-9).

A two innings match took place on Bank Holiday Monday against DUDLEY St. JOHNS who scored 151-6 and 90-9. Pelsall replying 153-5 and 90-2. K. Roberts (59 n.o.), E. Eveson (48). RUBERY OWEN lost to Pelsall 140-104, D, Law (50), A. Aldridge (8-17) and BERSHAM, a Welsh team, visited the same month with Pelsall winning 157-102. B. Guest (36) and (3-30), A. Aldridge (4-30).

The highlight of the 1965 season undoubtedly was the opening of the present pavilion on June 19th with a game against The President's XI representing the Midland Club Cricket Conference, which Pelsall lost 149-84 by 65 runs. For the Conference A.D. Talbot (40), R.G. Strickland (321, these winning their M.C.C.0 caps for this performance. Of course. Albert Aldridge was again the main-stay of Pelsall's bowling (6-50 in 23 overs) and was well backed tip by B. Guest (3-40 in 16 avers). Apart from R. Challenor (27), K. Roberts (13) and T. Morgan 112), Pelsall could not make much progress against the hostile bowling of J. Pember (6-12). The Pelsall team comprised of T. Morgan (Capt.), R Perry, E. Barton. K. Rowley. P. Biddlestone, R, Challenor, J, Maund, M. Jennings, B. Guest, A. Aldridge. K. Roberts, Umpire J. Taylor, Scorer T. Ivey.

1966 was a good season with the 1sts winning against: Wellington Tube 102-74, W, Payne (7-28): Express & Star 176-114, A. Aldridge (78). T. Morgan (65 n.o.). W. Payne (5-47): R.A.F. Harbourne 150-86. A. Aldridge (69 n o.), K. Rowley (Capt.) (56) in a stand of 142, A. Aldridge (6-10): Mark & Moody 115-68. A. Aldridge (8-32).

And the 2nd team having a double over BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD 65-60, M. Mickey (34 n.o.), M. Jennings (3-5), T. Morgan (3-14), G. Dunn (3-15); 101-64, R. Perry (24), M. Jennings (4-19).
A few results for 1967 read: Alrewas 87-86, M. Jennings (6-35); Rubery Owen 110-58, M. Jennings (25) and (5-8), P. Biddlestone (20 n.o.); R.A.F. Harbourne 115-98, K. Stevens (5-35); Blakenall 145-76, R. Challenor (34), K. Rowley (32 n.o.), K. Stevens (5-16); Coventry Wayfarers 189-117, A. Aldridge (62) and (6-18); Himley 124-121, K. Roberts (61 n.o.), A. Aldridge (5-36).
Something different to note, a successful Sports Gala was held at the club on 19th August this year.
In 1968 Pelsall recorded victories over OLD TECHNOLIANS 157-75, R. Challenor (71 n.o.), A. Aldridge (7-23), and EXPRESS & STAR 140-59, R. Challenor (44), K. Roberts (37), C. Hooker (4-10), D. Morgan (3-19) and STIRLING 85-62, N. Merrick (5-27).
A notable victory against GOODYEARS halted their long run without defeat 131-98, K. Roberts (37), E. Barton (28), A. Aldridge (4-7), and also during a drawn game with BROWNHILLS, R. Challenor (54) reached his 1,000 runs for the season.
Albert Aldridge after injury played for the 2nds scoring (129 n.o.), this beating N. Cross' previous record of 121 by 8 runs, giving Pelsall victory 202-112 against BROWNHILLS, A. Aldridge (4-19) with son Tony (4-32). Pelsall 2nds also beat CONDOR 145-46, W. Pemberton (80 n.o.), D. Townsend (33), L. Bennett (8-22), L. Bennett also had a good game the weekend previous, scoring (43) and taking (6-53) against BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD.
Time now to mention some of the players in the 1969 season- 1st team; I. Fisher (Capt.), W. Pemberton, B. Marsden, K. Roberts, H. Witcutt, R. Perry, E. Barton, C. Hooker, A. Aldridge, T. Witcutt, M. Jennings. 2nd team: T. Morgan (Capt.), R. Butcher, A. Dennis, P. Biddlestone, B. Stringer, D. Morgan, L. Bennett, G. Charlton, T. Harrison, J. Masefield, Alan Barton.
And some winning results for the 1st XI-Express & Star 186-102, E. Barton (54 and 3-6), Alan Barton (46 n.o.), C. Hooker (3-15); Walsall Trinity 131-88, H. Witcutt (63), A. Aldridge (5-26); Erdington Unity 177-124, A. Aldridge (36 and 8-32) including 4 wickets in one over. And in a 2nd team game against SANKEYS, B. Stringer (69 n.o.) and L. Bennett (6-21). Pelsall did well in winning 106-68.
Against MARLBOROUGH, Brian Marsden scored his first century, which was the first one recorded for the club for some time.
Pelsall had some notable victories during 1970, over CRANLEIGH 166-115, W. Pemberton (92), M. Jennings (5-26), and G.E.C. 93-90, B. Barton (28), Alan Barton (25 n.o.), A. Aldridge (5-31), and WALTER ROWLEY 199-131, W. Pemberton (54), A. Aldridge (47 n.o.), K. Pemberton (4-28), and TIPTON 144-143, A. Aldridge (31), E. Barton (24).
Alan Barton (6-45) and Colin Hooker (4-35) bowled throughout a game against DUDLEY ST. JOHNS, Pelsall scoring the runs for the loss of 2 wickets with B. Marsden (46 n.o.).
Terry Clews scored (57) and Tom Morgan (24) in a 9 wicket victory over BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD 2nd XI with son Dennis Morgan taking (7-31).
The 1971 season started off with a home match against MARL-BOROUGH 119-112, M. Jennings (30), A. Aldridge (4-33). A week later we played WARD END UNITY 131-67, C. Hooker (67). Meanwhile, Pelsall 2nds were playing HIMLEY in which we made a draw, Captain T. Morgan (64)., S. James (5-26).
Looking at some more of the scores for the 2nd team we see that L. Bennett (5-37) did well against BROWNHILLS and again against GOODYEAR (6-35). An unusual feature of the 1st team's match against GOODYEAR was that Goodyear lost 7 men to catches, Pelsall 129-8 dec. Other notable victories were against FOUR OAKS, won by 6 wickets, D. Pemberton (6-11), W. Pemberton (74) and against BROWNHILLS, E. Barton (52), W. Pemberton (7-30).
Some of the 1st team players for 1972 were B. Stringer (Capt.), B. Marsden, R. Perry, M. Jennings, W. Pemberton, L. Bennett, E. Barton, P. Biddlestone, D. Pemberton, B. Farmer, D. Round and Alan Barton, and some of the results were-Alrewas 163-3-160, B. Stringer (60 n.o.),
B. Farmer (5-24); Barton-under-Needwood 147-44, Alan Barton (37),
C. Hooker (6-14).
In the local derby against RUSHALL 2nds, Pelsall recorded a 10 wicket victory, H. Witcutt (53 n.o.), T. Morgan (30 n.o.).
The ladies and supporters of the section always looked forward to the games at FORT DUNLOP, as the sun always seemed to shine and the cricket was good. This year was no exception with Pelsall 2nds winning 85-62, Alan Barton (17) and (6-27).
Season 1973 was a disappointing one overall. However, there were several outstanding performances, namely W. Pemberton (56 n.o.) v. FOUR OAKS, D. Round (72 n.o.) v. ATHERSTONE 2nds and B. Stringer (88) v. WALSALL TRINITY. Wicket-keeper R. New took 5 catches v. BRIERLEY HILL. For the bowlers, C. Hooker (6-36) v. BRIERLEY HILL, Alan Barton (5-45) v. BEAUMONT and L. Bennett (5-33) v. GUILDFORDIANS. L. Bennett went on to exceed 100 wickets for the season.
In 1974 Tom Morgan reached a three figure score with (100 n.o.) against WALSALL TRINITY, and in the same weekend C. Hooker took (9-39) against EXPRESS & STAR.
Also this season J. Hobster scored (51) against EDGBASTON UNITY and (50) against DUNLOP with E. Barton (86) against QUINTON and B. Farmer (72) against YOXALL with G. Smith returning figures of (7_17) against GUILDFORDIANS. In the game against HOPWAS, Pelsall 169-7-167, R. Perry (65) and 179-6-63, D. Modi (54 n.o.), M. Gebhard (53), L Bennett (5-26).
Let's look at a few players of the period: 1st team Captain L. Bennett, 2nd team Captain D. Round, Alan Barton, E. Barton, J. Hobster, R. Hobster, C. Clay, B. Stringer, C. Hooker, G. Charlton, P. Biddlestone, J. Hardial, D. Harriman, R. Garbett, R. New, B. Farmer, J. Dawes, T. Morgan, R. Perry, M. Jennings, W. Addison, C. Bullingham, T. Witcutt, R. Butcher, M. Gebhard, N. Merrick, G. Rose, I. Cooper.


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