Northern Cricket Society

Hawke

Administrator
Staff member
I attended the first Winter Speaker Evening of the Northern Cricket Society at Headingley last night. The guest was Dennis Amiss and he was an excellent speaker. A long and distinguished career as a player and administrator of course. He signed my YCCC Yearbook for the 1966 season, the scorecard of Warwicks beating Yorks by 3 wickets at Hull, a match I was at aged ten.
 

DaveMorton

Well-known member
Did Amiss mention the Packer years at all? He was one of the few English players to get involved with the 'rebel' series, and I remember him being ostracised by his Warwickshire teammates for it. He was also known as 'Sack', and I always wondered why.
 

Donnylad

Well-known member
It is said I discover that it was the second Test on the England tour of West Indies at Kingston in 1974.
On the back of England's 343, West Indies had declared on 583.
Dennis Amiss scored 262, his highest score in Test cricket, and saved the game.
After having been at the wicket for nine hours, he was clearly exhausted, and in the dressing room, he had some brandy - yes you could do that in 1974! -
This is when Keith Fletcher told him that he looked like a sack of potatoes and the nickname ‘Sacker’ was born.
 

Hawke

Administrator
Staff member
Ha! Thanks Donnylad. DA did not mention that nickname. I had forgotten it. DA said he had since made up with the Warwicks' players who 'sent him to Coventry' over Packer but that WCCC only offered him a contract after Packer intervened.
I asked him about the 1967 Warwicks v Yorkshire match which ended Brian Close's time as England captain. DA said yes Yorkshire did slow the game down, 24 overs of seam/pace in 100 minutes, but a member of the audience added that he thought BC was sacked because of an approach he made to a WCCC member when shouts of protest were heard from the pavilion.
 

Hawke

Administrator
Staff member
Glad Andy Dawson made a good impression at the EGM as he spoke very well at the November Speaker Evening of the NCS. He came over as honest, decent and hard-working and also a keen supporter of the CC.
 

Hawke

Administrator
Staff member
Another very good Speaker Evening at the Northern Cricket Society last night. Craig White was the speaker. Another guest who came over very well as a decent, straightforward person with lots of interesting stories to tell and answers to give.
 
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