Generation game at Caistor

Fifty years between them playing for Caistor 3rds in Lincolnshire League Division 4 ' left Olly Barrick and right Ernie Allison, who marks 50 years with Caistor Cricket Club this season. They are pictured with Dave Gowshall Club Chairman (centre).
Fifty years between them playing for Caistor 3rds in Lincolnshire League Division 4 ' left Olly Barrick and right Ernie Allison, who marks 50 years with Caistor Cricket Club this season. They are pictured with Dave Gowshall Club Chairman (centre).

CAISTOR Cricket Club is much respected in local cricket circles for producing a string of young players. But some of the old’uns keep going too, meaning there can be quite an age gap in their Saturday teams.

Ernie Allison, captaining Caistor 3rds at the age of 64 this season, is also marking 50 years spent with one club.

Olly Barrick, 14, is just starting out in the game and there are 50–years between them when they take the field.

Ernie recalls his first match was in 1962 in a friendly – but cannot recall who the opposition were that day.

One highlight though has not been forgotten in the passing years:

“In 1997, the 1st team won the Lincolnshire Premier League, that was a big one looking back over the years.

“I still enjoy playing. I used to keep wicket, now I bowl a few overs.”

Olly had some positive words for his captain. The left arm spinner with a useful Chinamen said: “I started with Caistor when I was 10 years old. I learn a lot from Ernie as captain about how he sets the field.”

And Club Chairman David Gowshall said: “Ernie has made an enormous contribution to Caistor Cricket Club. It’s not been just on the field of play. He has done so much as our groundsman and on the committee as well.”