Milsom - Then and Now!
surprise some that the Bristol & District Cricket League wasn't formed until
1973. Prior to this date the YMCA, like all other local teams, played a series
of friendly matches against opposition of varying standards. The club entered
the new league, in what was then a system catering exclusively for First
Elevens, in its inaugural season and were placed, rather reluctantly, in
The YMCA's first captain in league cricket was Pete Wride who was to remain as
skipper for a further two seasons until 1976. The Club's opening season was a
unspectacular affair with the Golden Hill team winning only three games although
there was plenty to cheer from the performance of spin bowler, John Ireland who
captured eight wickets for ten runs against Hanham C.C. to record the Club's first
league victory in late May. The squad included other well known figures such as
Ray Cork, Phil Dowle, Lionel Harris and Keith Milsom who remains the only player
still playing cricket from the squad of '73.
Last season, a full 29 years later, the YMCA First Eleven remains a big part of the
recently restructured, Bristol & District League and has enjoyed a revival of
fortunes thanks, in part, to a good run of wins by Simon White's squad. The
players names may have changed but many of the new generation continue to give
the Golden Hill based team a good name in local cricket.
Take a look at the two sets of averages and compare the club's fortunes then and
now. Do you think the team of '73 would beat their modern contemporaries?
2002 First Eleven League
1973 First Eleven League