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Detailed History of the St Albans Cricket Club

The 1960s and early 1970s
[ St Albans Centennial Book (1905-2005) ]
The 50th jubilee year and late 1950s < Index > Men's and women's clubs amalgamate

Zin Harris was cheered from afar by his fellow Saints, who listened on radio as he raised his Test century in the victory at Cape Town in 1961/62. Thirty years earlier Curly Page had been the club's first Test centurion at Lord's.

At a lesser representative level Alan Taylor captured all 10 wickets (nine caught, one leg before wicket) for 83 runs off 28.5 overs of medium-paced toil for Canterbury B against Wairarapa at Masterton.

Another championship success in 1963/64, under the astute leadership of Alan Bailey, was notable for the arrival of West Australian medium-fast bowler Ken Ferries. In his team report Bailey expressed the hope Ferries could be persuaded to stay one more season. Stay he did, for Ferries was senior captain in the 75th anniversary season, 1979/80.

Hard-hitting all-rounder Bruce Taylor was chosen as the club's 10th national representative in 1966/67 during an all too brief term with St Albans. New Zealand fast bowler Murray Webb was to spend the 1972/73 summer at Saints.

There was strength in depth during the early 1970s. Jimmy Mills and Peter Guerin shared a 310-run second grade opening partnership against Christ's College, only one short of what was believed to be the club record. Meanwhile, long-serving Ted Mulcock was trundling away towards his 900-plus wickets in the President's grade.


The 50th jubilee year and late 1950s < Index > Men's and women's clubs amalgamate

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