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Club Professional Colin Albone Didn’t Have It All His Own Way Thanks To Eric Ferguson And His Mates

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Colin Albone is mentioned several times on this site; key words and numbers being – born 42 Whitehouse Court 1954 – left 1960 – sugar loaded toffee – throat – colour blue – his life saved by Mr Pinkney of number 41. There, up to speed.

Colin returned to Ushaw Moor at least twice. On one occasion he hit a classy 50 odd against Ushaw Moor in a semi – final of a cup competition before going on to help his team of that time, South Moor, to beat Esh Winning in the final. However on Tuesday night May 11th 1982 he came up against a determined Ushaw Moor Cricket Club that saw off Colin and his new club Shotley Bridge in the Tom Burn Cup.

It was a 20 over affair which gave Ushaw Moor a better chance of beating Shotley Bridge, of the higher Tyneside Senior League, than they would have had in a 45 over league type game. Colin opened the bowling and continued to bowl throughout. Although he started well by dismissing S Raisbeck [13] Eric Ferguson [1]  and A Reeve [13] cheaply he found trouble in the form of Ushaw Moor skipper D McGrath who hit an aggressive 60 not out, ably supported towards the end by Norman Ferguson [a useful 12 not out].

It is interesting to recall that Colin was an accomplished, stylish batsman and very rarely bowled during his senior career. Why he did so that night is a mystery. Perhaps injuries or unavailability was the cause.

Ushaw Moor innings closed at 121 for 4.

Shotley Bridge? 72/9 with Colin out for a paltry 3, being caught by Eric Ferguson off I Parkinson’s bowling.

Several years later Shotley Bridge came to Ushaw Moor and won a cup-tie by 9 wickets. Sanity restored.

WB

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