This particular sporting event takes place over three days in May 1962. It seems that there was never a shortage of willing participants in the various sporting events staged or taken part in by Martins Bank’s staff members, and in order to fit everything to the short timescale, players representing every district of Martins Bank are placed in mixed-district teams. (As if Cricket isn’t difficult enough for the non-cricketers amongst us to understand!) This article from Martins Bank Magazine’s Autumn 1962 edition takes up the story, and luckily names the team members shown in the photograph – a luxury not provided in earlier editions of the publication…
The Festival of Cricket…
This year's Festival of Cricket was held at Catford Bridge, with London District acting as hosts, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The weather was cold and windy but in spite of these handicaps some good cricket was played. On the first day the combined North-Eastern and Leeds Districts team played the combined London and South-Western Districts team. The North-Easterners batted first and were dismissed for 121, of which D. Smurthwaite scored 51 and D. M. Douglas 30. London seemed to have an excellent chance to win, but failed to do so by one run,: being all out for 120, of which R. M. Owen made 30. T. Jones took 4 of the Newcastle wickets for 55 and A. Crowder took 5 for 44.
Liverpool Midland Northern and Craven Districts Combined Team
Standing (left to right) A L Taylor (Umpire) P N Walker R I Kerr B S Beam; A G Wilson
L S Beany N B Whittingham G Wiseman P J H Constable Seated: B E Johnson
J H Murray T B Daniels (Captain) I Harnden B E Constable
R. Wilkie took 5 of the London wickets for 37. On the other pitch the combined Liverpool, Midland, Northern and Craven Districts team played the team from the Manchester District. Liverpool scored 210 for 4 before declaring, of which J. H. Murray made 76, T. Harnden 40 and B. Whittingham 46. Manchester scored 121 for 7 to force a draw, L. Warburton scoring 52 not out and J. F. Cowburn 37. Bowling against Manchester, T. B. Daniels took 4 wickets for 19 runs and B. E. Johnson 3 for 19. On the second day the combined North-Eastern team played the combined Liverpool team. The North-Easterners batted first and scored 131, D. Douglas making 68 not out. Liverpool went on to win at 133 for 6, J. H. Murray making 34 and B. Whittingham 38. Bowling for Liverpool, T. B. Daniels took 3 wickets for 46 and L. Beatty 4 for 23.
Manchester District Team
Standing (left to right) R W Payne M Bent J Hough A R Roberts I Wilkinson A Ashworth
D B M Earles A L Taylor (Umpire) Seated: J F Cowburn M Skidmore
D M Pollard (Captain) L Warburton P H Taylor
On the other ground London and Manchester were the contestants. London batted first and scored 177, of which B. J. Gautrey made 47, D. R. Ebenezer 47 and C. Dash 46. Manchester scored a win with a score of 178 for 3, T. Thornton carrying his bat for 95 and D. Pollard doing the same for 32. The Manchester bowlers A. Roberts and I. Wilkinson each took 3 wickets for 30 and 33 respectively. On the last day the North-Eastern team played Manchester on one ground and Liverpool played London on the other. The North-Easterners batted first and were all out for 147, D. Douglas scoring 74. Manchester were the winners at 208 for 4, J. Hough contributing 86 and T. Thornton 42 not out. The Manchester bowlers I. Wilkinson, J. F. Cowburn and A. R. Roberts each took three wickets for 65, 23 and 28 respectively.
North Eastern and Leeds Districts Combined Team
Standing (left to right) P V Richard W E Wilkinson W E Dove G I Reavley D Smurthwaite
J B Amos P Gray A C Tarsey A Foster (Umpire) Seated: R Thompson G B Sugden
D M Douglas (Captain) C Heap R H Wilkie
The North-Eastern bowler J. B. Amos took 2 wickets for 42 runs. In the other match London batted first and declared at 184 for 9. J. R. Knowles made 46 and N. Turner 42. Liverpool were the winners at 185 for 4, of which J. H. Murray scored 72 and B. Whittingham 71 not out. The Liverpool bowler L. Beatty took 5 wickets for 51 runs. Thus the Liverpool combined team, holders of the McKendrick Trophy, tied with Manchester District. Mr. D. C. Bardsley (London District General Manager) presided at lunch on the first day and welcomed the visitors. Mr. F. C. Hardman (London Assistant District Manager) did the honours on the second day and on the third day Mr. C. Whiteley (Joint General Manager) was to have presided but a slight indisposition prevented him from attending and in the evening Mr. L. J. Walton (Assistant General Manager) attended to present the trophy in his place. A telegram was received from Mr. James McKendrick, former Chief General Manager and the donor of the trophy, conveying good wishes for a happy and successful Festival. Mr. McKendrick is now residing in the Wirral.
Combined London and South Western Districts Team
Standing (left to right) R M Owen J D Stewart B J Gautrey J R Knowles P Rowswell C Dash
W Broadbent A Foster (Umpire) Seated: A F Crowder D R Ebenezer
A W Sheldrick (Captain) R L Charlesworth and T E Jones
Analysis of Games Played
Postscript: N. Barrie Whittingham, who represented the Craven District in the combined Liverpool team, has since resigned from the Bank to take up a post on the staff of Nottingham County Cricket Club.
Mr. L. J. Walton (Assistant General Manager) presents the 'James McKendrick' Cup
to Mr. T. E. Daniels, the Liverpool captain whose combined team
tied with the Manchester District team