A Review of the 1967 Season
By 1967 an appeal had been launched to raise funds for the new pavilion. It was understood that the Council were to make a substantial donation and that the Triple Top Society would contribute. In addition a lottery would be held during the season. At the Annual General Meeting on 24/02/1967 the following report was given:
The new structure should cater for our cricket, The Hockey Club, schools and MCC coaching scheme and we could also enlarge to have a tennis section. It would have a clubroom, bar, facilities for teas etc, changing rooms and showers and groundsman's accommodation.
Oliver Dennis was to be the architect, and a clock for the new pavilion was donated by Johnny Welch, then captain of Walthamstow CC.
Robin Hobbs toured the West Indies with MCC and Peter Brown was selected for the Club Cricket Conference. On a sadder note, Lol Addy, who had been Treasurer for nine years, retired as 3rd XI umpire and the death of John Crump had been reported. John had been with the club for more than forty years, he had performed a great deal of carpentry work for the Club, served on the General Committee and played and umpired for the club. A notable recruit to the umpiring ranks was secured at this time, one Bryan Knight.
On the field the First Eleven had another good season with a record of Won 8 Drawn 10 Lost 1 and Tied 1. Best performances came with the ball, with Robin Hobbs capturing 7-30 v Alexandra Park (how we could have done with him a year later!), and Ron Lynch taking 6-25 from 21 in the Bank Holiday Derby game with Woodford Wells. Peter Brown bowled an amazing 11 consecutive maidens in the game against Ilford. Top wicket takers were Brown with 36, Lynch with 29 and Hart with 27.
With the bat, Harry Davis had a brilliant season scoring 553 runs at an average of 42, ably backed up by Steve Dinsdale with 397 and Peter Brown with 369.
In the Kemp Cup we were knocked out by Barnes , unusually though the game took place at Woodford Wells due to Forest Side being under water.
The 2s had some resounding wins over the likes of Wanstead, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill – Roy Lambert starred with the bat, hitting a number of half centuries.
The Sunday Bs also did very well, winning 10, drawing 4 and losing just 1, including a sequence of 7 consecutive wins spanning June and July. Top run scorer in a frequently changed side was Malciolm Waite with 274, while leading wicket takers were Tom Shepherd with 23 and Terry Cole with 22. Winchmore Hill had looked set for a record low score when Ted Alston and Tom Shepherd ran amok to reduce them to just 8-7. They recovered but only enough to post a total of 49 and Chingford were set up for an easy win.