Belton Legends – Dedicated to the memory of Robert Farrow, Belton Cricketer, sadly missed by his team-mates, friends and family
1968 David Peppiatt
Our Vice President – who we sadly lost in 2011.
Was the most successful all rounder in our first season. Retired in 1983 after 139 matches. Highest score 49, best bowling 6 for 30.
1969 Rex Molland
Believed to be a fast bowler, took 135 wickets in 64 matches between 1968 and 1977.
1970 Chris Kemp
Played 63 matches between 1968 and 1981. Top score of 58 and once took 5 for 7.
1971 Frank Devaney
Thought to be our first captain. Took 47 wickets in 40 matches from 1968 to 1974.
1972 Trevor Meale
What! Already?? The ultimate Belton legend. Former captain, secretary, demon left arm seam and swing bowler. In 1970 played 13 matches and took 5 or more wickets in three of them. In a career of 658 matches over 37 years, Trevor took 5 or more wickets on 35 occasions, and totaling 915 wickets. Also a handy batsman, scoring 3858 runs averaging a fraction under 10. Holds the record for longest gaps between 50s! Hit his first half century in 1978 then had to wait till 2002 for his second!
1973 Paul Knight
Opening batsman in the traditional English style. The first Belton player to score a century for the club. Hit over 5000 runs in 391 matches between 1968 and 1990. All three of Paul’s sons have appeared for Belton. Was chairman for many years.
1974 William Barnes
Wicketkeeper/batsman who scored over 1000 runs and took 56 catches in a 137 match career spanning 21 years.
1975 Trevor Goreham
In 226 matches “Uncle” Trevor scored over 2600 runs but only made 3 fifties. A family trait, Wayne??!! Played regularly from 1968 to 1985, then occasional sightings through to 2002.
1976 Paul Jarvis
Belton’s first “Mr Angry”?? Can someone confirm?? Took 254 wickets in 137 matches from 1969 to 1981, including 61 wickets in 1980 alone.
1977 Graham Doggett
Dependable batsman who scored over 1000 runs in a 69 match career between 1974 and 1981, averaging over 19, and hitting 6 half centuries.
1978 Mike King
Handy all rounder who scored 1200 runs and took 195 wickets in exactly 100 matches for us from 1976 to 1980.
1979 Gary Warner
Gary’s first season with us was in 1977, when he produced the stunning figures of 5 for 2 against Caister. After a handful of appearances in the 1980’s Gary returned with a vengeance in 1990, and has been a regular ever since. Now on 374 appearances, over 2700 runs (highest score 70), and 210 wickets. Always scores highly in the “Quote of the Season” competition.
1980 Mark White
In eleven seasons from 1974, Mark played 131 times for us, took 46 wickets at 16 apiece, and scored 1085 runs. Also made a useful contribution to the club’s fortunes by fathering Phil.
1981 Geoff Hurrell
Opening bat and occasional keeper, Geoff’s wispy blond locks (and wispy blond moustache, so 1970’s!) made over 200 appearances and helped him hit over 1700 runs with a top score of 82 between 1976 and 1986. Made two fleeting appearances in the early 1990’s, but was last heard of maintaining steam trains at Bressingham Gardens.
1982 Mark Jackson
Where do I begin? He started with a duck!! During the 1980s and early 90s Mark was one of the most feared fast bowlers in the league and was also a phenomenally big hitter of the ball. In 1982 he took 92 wickets, and then took 50 wickets or more in 7 out of the next 10 seasons. In 1988 alone he took 5 wickets in an innings no less than 7 times and was tempted to play at a higher level for the 1989 season. Returning in 1990 he hit two centuries and five half centuries, including his best ever 147 not out, averaging 49.63. In 1991 Mark hit the headlines when he took all 10 wickets against Kirkley Sports. Mark went into semi-retirement after the 1997 season but played a full season of games in 2002 and again in 2007. Now has 376 appearances, over 7800 runs (5 100s and 36 50s) averaging 27, plus 806 wickets at an average of 11.
1983 Gerald Jackson
Mark’s famously fruitless elder brother! Gerry also had a modest start (4 ducks in his first 8 matches!) before developing a reputation as a naggingly accurate swing bowler, a consistent and quick scorer with the bat, and a naturally athletic fielder. Between the 1980 and 2007 seasons – many of them spent captaining the side – Gerry has amassed over 500 appearances, hit in excess of 9100 runs (2 100s, 28 50s), taken over 600 wickets at an average of 17, and held over 200 catches. In 1993 Gerry took 7 for 13 – his best ever figures – to help dismiss Hardingham for 32. Looking more closely, Gerry in fact took his 7 wickets in the space of 26 balls without conceding a run.
In 2002 while batting with Chris Cropley, Gerry shared in the club’s then record partnership of 296. Gery’s haul was 135.
1984 Paul Oxborrow
Opening bat and keeper who made 89 starts between 1980 and 1986. Scored over 1500 runs (top score 94) and held 64 catches, before moving to Hertfordshire to become a priest.
1985 Neil Lambert
Let the figures speak for themselves. Neil was the first (and so far, the only) Belton player to score 1000 runs in a season, or to score fifty 50s, or to score 10,000 career runs. Add to that 630 wickets at an average of 16, and you have a tremendous talent in your team. Classy and stylish performer, with a highly competitive edge, Neil averaged over 50 with the bat in both 1998 and 1999. Led the side to its first ever promotion in 1990.
1986 Andrew Wooden
Andy debuted in 1979 and was a regular until 1996. A useful bat, scoring over 2500 runs in 320 appearances. Although only an occasional bowler, took 43 career wickets. Formerly Club Secretary through the late 80s and early 90s. In his last appearance he famously ran two leg-byes off the last ball at St Andrews to steal a Belton win.
1987 Patrick Manifold
Paddy scored 1000 runs in his 131 appearances from 1981 to 2000. Not a quick scorer, but notoriously difficult to remove! Also picked up 20 wickets in less than 40 career overs. Went on to skipper Filby CC – before they folded.
1988 Nigel Jackson
The third of the Jackson brothers, Nigel was exciting batsman to watch – he scored 2100 runs in 135 matches, mainly between 1985 and 1991. Strangely, despite reaching 50 on eleven occasions, he never scored more than 66. Also an effective fast bowler taking 176 wickets at an average of 15, with best figures of 8 for 42. “Something’s always likely to happen when Nigel’s around!” (MK)
1989 Richard Ashling
Flowing left-handed middle order batsman, Richard joined in 1982 and has been almost a permanent fixture ever since, clocking up 474 appearances and scoring 5936 runs. In recent years has moved into Sunday cricket and on to umpiring. Also has picked up 127 wickets and over 100 catches.
1990 Malcolm Kauffman
Hmm. Currently is Chairman and Secretary. Has been Treasurer, Saturday Captain and Sunday Captain. Joined in 1981 and batted at number 11 for years, while justifying selection by buying wickets with mystical left arm spin. Now over 500 appearances, “nearly” 2300 runs, 117 catches, 250 wickets, and 63 ducks. The beating heart of the club.
1991 Paul Hodds
Ebullient keeper and wannabe batsman. Between 1977 and 1990 took 108 catches in 168 appearances, but averaged only 8 with the bat. Did take 23 wickets with the ball. Made a comeback when nearly 50 and is still one of the most athletic fielders to grace the Common.
1992 Dan Knight
Although never more than an occasional player for Belton, all-rounder Dan’s appearances tot up into significant numbers to reflect the impact he made on the games in which he played. In 56 matches between 1979 and 1999 Dan took 63 wickets at an average of 11. Also scored 655 runs at an average of 24, with a top score of 87 not out. A very welcome guest.
1993 Kevin Barnes
Opening bat, keeper, former skipper and resident wit, Kevin joined in 1989 and rarely missed a Saturday game until he relocated to Suffolk. Has now amassed over 300 appearances and passed the 8000 runs landmark this season, with a career average of over 30. Recent years have seen Kevin pressed into bowling duties, and he now has over 150 wickets to his name. Loves to talk about his hat trick at Pedestrians.
1994 Wally Ladmore
Vastly experienced cricketer, Wally made a striking impact in his first match for us in 1990. After playing four immaculate forward defensive strokes, his first two scoring shots in that innings at the Common were huge sixes over square leg. Wally has gone on to score 2100 runs in over 200 appearances. His teasing leg spin has gained him 140 wickets.
1995 Adrian Little
Softly spoken, slightly built medium quick opening bowler on Sundays, who took 121 wickets in 129 appearances between 1990 and 1998. Also scored over 600 runs with a highest score of 40. Shocked everybody when he grew a beard.
1996 Tom Knight
Useful seam bowler, reliable keeper, vice captain and, potentially match turning batsman, Tom made his first appearances as a youngster in 1981. Played two full seasons in 1988/89, but was a regular between 1993 and 2001 before returning to us in 2006. Now with over 200 appearances, Tom has scored almost 1400 runs (highest 64 not out), held 113 catches, and taken 62 wickets.
1997 Sushil Kapoor
Medium quick bowler and one of our most successful late order “tonkers”, Shoe has pulled many a game out of the fire with his instinctive big hitting style. Since 1994 has played 223 matches, mainly on Sundays, although was a prime mover in re-establishing the midweek team in the mid 1990’s. Has taken 243 wickets at an average of 19, and has scored nearly 2600 runs at an average of 16.
1998 Russell Bird
Elegant left-hander whose athletic fielding and hare-like running between the wickets saw him rise from a consistent number 11 to a valuable opener.
1999 Philip White
Second generation White to represent Belton with distinction. A true all-rounder who has scored hundreds and taken bucketfuls of wickets.
2000 Alec Toll
Famously small hands. Opening batsman who drove bowlers insane with his trade mark slog over mid-wicket to the ball pitching well wide of off stump and his outrageous “hand-bag” shot which passes for a leg glance. Loves to talk about his bowling.
2001 Stuart Williamson
Injury curtained his Belton career, but his attacking batting, featuring excellent timing, and his pacy bowling ensured ample rewards.
2002 Steve Webb
A batsman with an unerring approach. Working the straight ball to mid-wicket when he first started an innings he soon had the bowlers trying to beat him outside the off stump – whereupon he would unleash a barrage of exquisite cuts off the back foot. Also a naggingly accurate seam bowler.
2003 Andy Smith
Smudger brought a new element to the Belton line-up in the 90’s and noughties – naggingly accurate seam bowling and a surprisingly difficult to dislodge number 10 or 11.
2004 Chris Cropley
Elegant (when he had two knees) middle-order batsman who featured in the all-time Norfolk League third wicket partnership with Mark’s brother Gerald until eclipsed in 2013 by Saj Ali and Adam Savoury’s 310.
2006 Steve Day
Witty and technically sound wicket-keeper and opening bat whose valuable runs at the top of the order have inspired many a Belton victory.
2007 Wayne Goreham
Product of the fruitful partnership of Julie and Malcolm Goreham (whose contribution to Belton CC has been mostly genetic!). Wayne’s naturally attacking style reaps many rewards.
2008 Philip Plummer
Classic left-handed batsman in the David Gower mold. Fast right arm opening bowler. When fit and available he is the backbone of a successful side.
2009 Richard Goreham
Julie and Malcolm’s other most famous production. Technically very correct attacking batsman and a genuine leg-spin threat – also developing medium-pacer.