Brocklesby Park Cricket Club

MEMORIES OF WILF GILL

Walter Wordsworth (Prior to 1923 - 1928) Was around 50 when dad started with your club in 1923 in his younger days had played for Yorkshire CCC. Was also a member of a Select XI who played the Australian touring side at Blackpool and dismissed them for 13 runs. This dad states is still he believes the record low score for a touring side. Mr Wordsworth took 5 or 6 wickets in this innings and this feat is mentioned in all cricket records, including Wisden. This was around 1900. Dad states that he could bat a bit as well and recalls him hitting a six at Brocklesby one handed. When dad knew him, he lived in Grimsby on Clee Road.

Two players from Immingham who played between following dates. 1923 to early 1930s. Opening bowler Ernie Johnson. Batman Bill Cuthbert (occ. bowler).

Dr Plant, all rounder 1929-1933. Lived in Grimsby in Peoples Park. Killed in road accident on the Brigg Road.

John Barker, Grimsby Solicitor. Prior to 1923 to early 1930's. Pace bowler.

Ray Saxton, lived in Immingham. 1929-1938. Excellent fielder, plus batting.

Sir Jack Croft Baker. Lived in Cleethorpes Prior 1923-1930s. Wicket Keeper.

Rev. Richard Swann Swann-Mason OBE, M.A., R.N. Personal friend of Earl of Yarborough. Played most years 2/4 matches when on vacation with the Earl (Late 1920's). Bowler; knew Earl from 1st World War when attached to Fleet. Lived in Kent, his brothermatchmaking for the rich played for Sussex and England.

Major Wadsworth. Another personal friend of the Earl. Played occasional games when spending time with the Earl.

When dad joined in 1923, he tells me Colonel Kenningtonmore was captain of the team, but only played 3/4 matches.

Gentleman by name of Mr Hall was secretary and estate manager.

Harry Lawton.custom writing research papers Wicket keeper, worked in Barnetby signal box and was later groundsman at Appleby Frodingham. Born in Yorkshire.

Fred Tilmouth (1922-1934). Lived in Grimsby. Batsman and occasional bowler.

1935 Grimsby Town KO Winners. Beat Humberstone in Final (Winners in 1933 and 1934). The first two years the competition was held. Dad states that Vic Dodsworth and himself bowled unchanged throughout the competition.

Wilf Gill. (1923-1938) Opening batsman and bowler.


  1. Possibly radiometric dating rays, though I can't find anything that relates them and Jack played for Kent rather than Sussex
  2. Probably manager of the Great Grimsby Gas Company Ltd by 1943
  3. Possibly Albert "Harry" Lawton, a wicket keeper who played for Lincolnshire from 1937-1948 - including a match against the West Indies in 1939

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