The Cricket Society Dinner
The West of Scotland branch of the Cricket Society of Scotland is holding its annual dinner at Titwood, home of Clydesdale Cricket Club, on Monday 13th March. The Society is extending an invitation to all cricket-lovers, whether or not they are members of the Society.
The guest speaker is David Steele who became an iconic figure when Tony Greig (in his first Test as captain) plucked him from the relative obscurity of the Northants middle order to face Lillee and Thomson at Lord’s. In twelve seasons, David, by now 33 years of age, had previously scored only 16 hundreds and averaged only 31. His first Test was at Lord’s where the grey-haired batsman with the steel-rimmed spectacles famously lost his way between the dressing room and the field when first called upon to bat. Nevertheless, in that summer of 1975 he played 3 Tests against the Australians, scoring 365 runs at an average of 60.8. Such was the impact he made that he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975 and was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 1976. He played in all five Tests in 1976 against the West Indies whose attack included Roberts, Holding, Daniel and Holder. Although not quite as successful against them as against Australia, he still managed to score 106 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. David Steele’s brief eight Test career ended with the 5th Test against West Indies at The Oval; he was overlooked for that winter’s tour to India on the somewhat dubious grounds that he couldn’t play spin. In total he scored 673 runs in Tests at an average of 42, some 10 runs per innings better than his overall first-class average.
David Steele’s first-class career spanned the years from 1963 to 1984 and in that time he not only scored more than 22,000 runs (and snared more than 600 wickets with his slow left-arm spin) but he also garnered a host of stories which he has honed over the years as an after dinner speaker and will be sharing with those present at Titwood on the evening of March 13th.
We’d love to have you join us for an evening of dinner (three courses and coffee), good company and an entertaining after dinner speaker. Reserve your place (no later than Monday 6th March), at a cost of £32 per head, by contacting Ewen McConville, Secretary, The Cricket Society of Scotland:
Landline: 0141 632 4218
Mobile: 07790 064 404
Cheques made payable to “The Cricket Society of Scotland” should be sent to Ewen at: 1322 Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow, G41 3RF