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Quorn Cricket Club - Presentation to Mr Arthur Darby 1945

Loughborough Echo - 2nd February 1945

The Quorn Cricket Club held a dinner at the New Bull's head on Friday, when Mr Sam Hallam presided, supported by Lt Col Toller DSO, Mr S J Wright, Mr G E Ball (captain), Mr F Hope (secretary), Mr F K Bream (former secretary), Mr A (Mack) Darby, etc

The Chairman said they had met to pay tribute to Mr Arthur Darby, whose connection with the club dated from the year 1889, at a match played in a paddock near Quorn Hall on the day that the foundation stone of the village hall was laid.

"We are here," said the speaker, "to honour a great bowler and sportsman who has helped our club through some difficult times. When Mack retires his name will be among many who have gone before, such as J Adcock, M Bonsor, W Orton, J Mee, J Rumsby, H Waite, A Dexter, C K White, H Wright, etc.

"The club acquired its present ground in 1897, and later on, thanks to the efforts of Frank Bream, a pavilion to be proud of. After the war they must see to it that there is still a cricket club for the younger generation, and to that end", concluded Mr Hallam, "we must all work."

Col. Toller presented a silver tankard, suitably inscribed, to Mr Darby. He told the story of Charley Black, the Barrow bowler, who once told a stranger that he could swerve the ball; to which the stranger replied that the only man who could do that was Charley Black of Barrow.

In 1911-12 Mack was at the top of the bowling averages in the North Warwickshire League, and in his first match at Quorn, against his old club, Barrow, he took five wickets for 14. Since then he had divided honours with Albert Dexter.

"I am not the person to hand this cup to Mack," said Col. Toller; "the right man, of course, is Doug Bream, but he is too far away, though doubtless he is with us in spirit."

The cup was then handed to Mr Darby to the strains of "For he's a jolly good fellow."

Mr Darby said he was more at home bowling than speaking, but he thanked the club for its gift. "I have been playing for 40 years," he said, "and I think I got all my wickets fairly. Perhaps in the next 40 years I may do better."

Mr Ball proposed "The Visitors," including "The Critics Corner"; also Messrs C and D Smith, both home from the East. Mr C W Thornton replied.

During the evening musical items were given by Mr Eric Jones and Mr Murray Rumsey.

 Submitted on: 2012-07-12
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1660
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