CLUB CAPTAIN FOR 10 SEASONS
Brian Blight’s involvement with the Wistow Cricket Club began in 1938 when, as a boy, he would “fill in” at times to make up the XI. After World War II and on returning home from college for season 1946/47 he had emerged as a permanent ‘A’ Grade player. He excelled as a player for 28 years ending his outstanding career at the end of the 1974/75 season.
Brian was a good allround cricketer; an excellent fieldsman, a stylish left-hand batsman and also a polished wicketkeeper; but his greatest strength was his consistent wicket-taking as a leg spin bowler. Several centuries were made during his career, his first as a 21 year old and his last in ‘B’ Grade at age 46. His best performance in a match was 113 n.o. and 6/40, including a hat trick, against Callington in 1953.
Association matches were played only on a limited scale during Brian’s career so Country Carnivals were an arena for association participation. Brian was first selected in 1952 and played until 1974. Together with the inception of the Meyer Shield in 1964/65, in which he also played, he stood as captain in several association matches. Wistow elected him as Club Captain firstly in 1948 and for a total of 10 seasons in all, including two ‘A’ Grade premierships. Win or lose, his composure and good sportsmanship were always evident. Brian was always involved in club administration, serving in all positions over the years and was granted Life Membership in 1965.
Wistow CC Life Member – Awarded in 1965
Seven-time A Grade Premiership Player – 1951/52 (took 5/89), 1958/59, 1960/61, 1963/64 (made 26 and took 3/28), 1964/65, 1965/66 & 1966/67 (took 3/27)
1951/52 A Grade Premiership Captain
1963/64 A Grade Premiership Captain