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The History of Burbage Cricket Club






Oral History of Burbage Cricket Club

Below you are able to listen to the interviews with the Burbage Cricket Club members, they talk about some of their experiences at the club and with other club members.



Albert Wright

Albert Wright

Date: 14th February 2006

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Albert was born and bred in Burbage, he started playing Cricket from the age of 16 years old in 1960 in the Junior league. Some of the stories he talks about are from about the early days of the Pavilion, hand rolling the Cricket pitch before playing a game, playing against Reg Cockerel from Broughton Astley, and the memorial moments with Paul Shankman.

One of the members, Johnny Cooper bringing his monkey 'Elvis' to the club, Albert also recalls the monkey being up the trees during a Cricket Match in Whetstone.





Alf Malkin

Alf Malkin

Date: 11th October 2004

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Alf first started playing cricket during 1947 when he came out of the forces, playing for the Hinckley Gas Works, he helped to form the local Hinckley co-op team before joining the Burbage Cricket Club in 1959.

There are many stories, such as the use of the roller with people pulling it before the club purchased a tractor, the selling of the roller in later years to make way for a new motor roller, the wood pavilion and it being sold off to a famer for a chicken shed, and a story of a player from Whetstone being hit on the funny bone.





Allan Grant

Allan Grant

Date: 2nd December 2004

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Allan started playing Cricket in 1959, several stories from his time at the Burbage Cricket Club.

Tricky times with some local kids, horse riders, motorbikes and golfers also using the same recreation grounds.

Jeffery Rice is remembered, he was one of the Dam Busters, flying over Burbage in his Lancaster bomber. A story of some of the antics of a special spectator, called ‘Elvis’ that used to go along every Saturday afternoon to the match.





Ian Crisp

Ian Crisp

Date: 9th August 2004

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Ian started to play cricket as a bowler on Saturdays during 1967, later moved on to batting. He also talks about the history of the South Leicestershire League and Burbage Cricket Club.

As a qualified groundsman, Ian talks about treating and maintaining the grass of the pitch two weeks before a game is played on it.

A story of Dave Marshal who did an amazing catch of the ball, and also the time Ian took 9 wickets during a game.





Keith Barnett

Keith Barnett

Date: 27th October 2004

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Keith had been playing since 1976 for Burbage Cricket Club and was still playing at the time of the interview during 2004.

Various stories that include Albert Wright playing at Countesthorpe, Peter Caddy who made the score board, Keith Towers being a good batter, Frank Buxton being knocked over by the ball, Mick Hurst tuning up looking like a tramp.

Memories of logging down all the results of the club and visiting clubs with poor facilities and grounds in rough areas.





Mick Clarke

Mick Clarke

Date: 16th March 2007

Interviewed by: David J.Wood

Mick has played for various clubs from an early age, he moved to Hinckley during 1969 when he joined Burbage Cricket Club, he was known as a good all-rounder scoring a few 50s in his time, with one of those occasions at a game played at Whetstone.

Memorable times enjoying the teas at the pavilion laid on by the wives of the Cricketers, also memories of Tony Martin with a story on crooked club badges and Fred Pearson in the Cross Keys (Burbage) doing talks on the local Leicestershire Cricket Clubs.





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