50 Years a Club Cricketer
A tribute to Bill Adamson – as published in the Leytonstone Express and Independent, 1946
50 years ago Bill Adamson first played in club cricket and he is still turning out for one of the Chingford Elevens this season.
He now admits to being 65 and when I saw him recently he was recovering from a bout of bronchitis but hoped to play in the next cricket match.
Bill Adamson must surely be one of the most remarkable of club cricket veterans so far as this area is concerned, for although his bowling arm drops gradually lower as one season follows another, his enthusiasm never wanes and he still collects wickets for Chingford’s 3rd team now, not the 1st. But for years he was a valuable stock bowler for the 1st XI with many fine performances to his credit.
When taken off for a rest after a lengthy spell with the ball he was always somewhat aggrieved and to the best of my knowledge still feels that way when the same thing happens today
A good ball which beat the bat always drew a self conscious cough from Bill who must have taken thousands of wickets – he has no idea how many – since he played his first club game against Mitcham on Mitcham Green 50 year ago at the age of 15.