Veteran Crickets to tour England

2013-05-30 00:00

FOUNDED in 1947, the Crickets are one of the few surviving traditional touring social cricket teams in KwaZulu-Natal. They recently claimed the scalp of the celebrity Oppenheimer XI from Gauteng, another social team also studded with former South African and provincial players.

The Crickets, most of whom were first-class cricketers back in their heyday and played for the likes of the then Natal (now Dolphins) team, embark on a 12-day tour of England today.

They they will be playing against teams packed with celebrities such as Sir Tim Rice, the Oscar-winning lyricist, as well as earls, counts and other notables who have been knighted by the Queen.

Some of the eccentric teams the Crickets will be playing against are: Odiham (Sir Tim Rice’s XI), The Spye Park XI (Nando’s UK empire founder and wine baron Rob Enthoven’s team), The Gypseys (Lord Vestey’s team), and The Hampshire Hogs (celebrity cricket personality Mark Nicholas’s team).

The Crickets’ touring team have a strong Pietermaritzburg flavour, many of the players being Michaelhouse old boys. The captain is Craig Sugden (ex-PMB Varsity, Natal and SA Students batsman), who will be joined by a host of his former PMB Varsity and Natal team-mates.

The chef de mission is city councillor Bill Lambert, whose three sons (all ex-PMB Varsity players) are in the team.

Other big names of the past include former Natal leg-break and googly maestro Richard McGlashan. He was the “uncapped Springbok” who was selected for the then national team to play Mike Gatting’s English XI, who were dubbed the Rebels, in the cancelled 1990 Newlands “Test”.

Former Proteas wicketkeeper Errol Stewart (also a Varsity and Natal rugby player in his day) will no doubt be kept busy behind the stumps.

CRICKETS XI

James “Texan” Armitage, Keith Forde, Shaun Gatonby, Frank Goedeke, Udo Goedeke, David Lambert, Iain Lambert, Peter “Pumpy” Lambert, Richard McGlashan, James McMillan, Richard Pringle, Wayne Scott, Mark Schulze, Errol Stewart, Keith Storey, Craig Sugden, Andrew Tweedie. Manager: Bill Lambert.

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