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Throwback Thursday: Born 100 years ago, A future county captain

— 18 February 2021

The year 1921 witnessed the births of three cricketers who would wear the White Rose and Paul Dyson looks back at their careers. One of them would go on to be a very successful captain of the county side.

One of the rarer breed of cricketer who came from the eastern part of the county, Vic Wilson was born at Scampston, near Malton, on January 17th, 1921. Previously profiled in these columns, he had a long career with Yorkshire as a powerful left-handed batsman which began in 1946 and culminated in him leading the county side in each of his final three seasons of 1960-62 in which it came first, second and first in the County Championship. He was the first professional to lead the White Rose county since 1882 and his teams had a playing record in the Championship of winning 46 and losing only 15 of their 90 matches.

  • April, 1921 saw the birth of Tommy Lodge at Skelmanthorpe, near Huddersfield. He had a very brief career with Yorkshire in 1948 which consisted of a mere two matches, both of which were in the County Championship, in which he scored 48 runs batting in the top three and opening with Harry Halliday and Willie Watson. However, he achieved a great deal more in club cricket and as a coach especially in Scotland where he coached at Strathallan School and for Perthshire. He spent at least ten seasons with the club side for whom, up to 1961, he regularly scored over 1,000 runs in a season as an opening batsman. He had previously played in both the Huddersfield and Bradford Leagues as well as soccer for Huddersfield Town. In Scotland he played in the latter sport for St Johnstone. He later returned to the village of his birth and died there in 2002 at the age of 79.

    One month later, in a different part of the county, was born James Cammish. He first saw the light of day in Scarborough but his first-class debut was in New Zealand. A leg-break bowler, he spent the 1950/51 season playing for Auckland, his five games including four in the Plunkett Shield, and he took 22 wickets at an average of 28.45. He twice took five wickets in an innings, his best being six for 93 against Canterbury at Eden Park.

    Cammish later returned to Yorkshire and played for Scarborough in 1953 and Leeds in the following season during which he played in his only matches for Yorkshire – a total of two of which just one was in the Championship. He took only three wickets and later returned to New Zealand. He died in Napier in 1974 at the age of 53.

    The photo of Vic Wilson comes courtesy of Mick Pope.