Milton Malsor Cricket Club

The club was re-formed in 1966 and continued for 10 years. A picture of the team during that last year appears in Alan Digby’s excellent history of the village although the picture was surely taken at Gayton and not Collingtree!!

The first club captain was Monty Kutas, followed by Whisky Bass 1968-70 and Roger Borley 1971-73. John Birch then captained for the final years.

Two characters stand out for their support to the club. Firstly, Fred Yorke, The President and patron from the beginning until 1974 and presented the club with a single wicket trophy played for annually at Abington Park. Secondly, Ken Johnson remained throughout the life of the club, general and fixture secretary without complaint.

Matches were played by invitation at neighbouring villages including Gayton, Collingtree, Kislingbury, Hartwell and St, James WMC at Dallington. A team also entered annually for the Garnet Cup held at the Racecourse, but no glory was achieved!

In 1970, the late Chas. Sergeant generously agreed to allow the club the use of a field adjoining the Collingtree Road to lay a grass wicket for a home cricket field. A sub-committee comprising Monty Kutas, Roland Pountney, Graeme Joll and Ken Johnson was formed to start the project and meetings were arranged with an experienced groundsman and a representative from a fertilizer company for practical advice. In late 1971 a couple of friendly matches were arranged after cattle were removed from the outfield, but unfortunately lack of general support for maintenance caused this to be abandoned the following year.

The annual dinner was always popular and eventually moved to the functions room behind The Compass. On one occasion, Mushtaq Mohammed kindly attended as guest speaker.

Although the single wicket trophy has been located together with the minute book, the scorebook and other records cannot be found. Loose papers show that in 1974 the leading bowler with 21 wickets from 86 overs was John Birch ably supported by “young” Ian Griffith and Ian Kingston. Top of the batting averages was Eddie Lloyd, although both Monty Kutas and Roger Borley scored well despite having each only played in two innings. At that time, some 28 players had represented the club although most had only played in one or two matches. No records exist after this period.

Graeme Joll – July 2009