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Johnny Moyle RIP

2nd May 2020 Posted in Latest and League and People by Michael Weeks

The death has been announced of Johnny Moyle who played for Beacon, Barripper, Lanner and Chacewater.



In 2005 at the age of 68 he celebrated playing 60 Years of Village Cricket in West Cornwall.

He wrote an article for the Cornwall Cricket Yearbook that year which is reproduced below in his memory.

The picture of Basset Road School in 1951 includes a young Michael Evans who went on to become League Secretary and died in January 2020.



Published in the Cornwall Cricket Yearbook April 2005.

Last summer Chacewater Cricket Club staged a special match.  The club played an ‘All Stars’ XI to celebrate Johnny Moyle’s achievement of playing for the last sixty years in West Cornwall, for Beacon, Barripper, Lanner and now Chacewater.  Last year he was one of the leading wicket takers in the County and  in Division 5 West he finished sixth in the bowling averages with figures of 201.5 overs, 32 maidens, 49 wickets for 699 runs at an average of 14.27.  John, who lives at Illogan near Redruth,  celebrates his sixty-eighth birthday in 2005.  Here he  looks back on a playing career that has spanned seven decades of Cornwall Cricket League history. As illustrated below he also featured in a schoolboy team  that featured many well known face in West Cornwall Cricket history.                  Editor



My first memory of village cricket was to watch Beacon play Lelant.  We travelled by horse and cart, the horse died at Crowlas and was sold to a ‘Knacker House’ for £5, which was used to pay for the train fare home.


I played my first game for Beacon 2nds when I was 9 years old.  After the game I was told by the committee I shouldn’t have played. I was told I was too young to be insured.  I then went to play for Barripper, walking 3 miles there and back to practice twice a week.


Insured by Barripper I played against St Keverne.  The coach took us to the square in St Keverne from where we walked across six fields to reach the pitch.  We had a tea interval of one hour and twenty minutes!  One hour walking to and from the ground and twenty minutes for tea!  I took 8 for 8 in two spells of 4 overs each.  I had to rest after 4 overs, being tired after the walk back to the ground.  Supporters on the bus collected £3-6s-8d for me.



After two years I went back to play for Beacon First XI in Senior Two.  Jack Bryant was the captain and village undertaker.  Fielding near the pavilion, when the batsmen walked out to bat,  out would come his tape measure.  He explained to them that the bowler was a bit quick and it would save him a job later!


The club brought a large black police van to travel to away matches.  The doors were tied with binder twine, with holes in the exhaust and floor.  With eleven players and a scorer inside when we got out we were lucky not to be drug tested!  We used to take a homing pigeon on away matches and send the score back to the village post office at tea time by pigeon post for the score to be displayed in the window.  Thus the idea for the mobile phone was born!  While playing against Camborne Firsts in the Vinter Cup I asked the umpire why an LBW had been turned down against a Camborne batsman, who was also a County player.  I was told that spectators had come to watch that particular batsman bat – and not me bowl!  The batsman in question went onto make 119.


After I got too old to play for Beacon I was invited to play for Lanner, by Johnny Quintrell, under the captaincy of Roy Lampshire.  Two wonderful characters.  I have many memories of playing for Lanner.  One that stands out was when a batsman complained of a pulled muscle in his leg.  He shouted to players on the boundary for some spray. The captain told one of the players to go to his car and fetch a can of Windolene, cover the label and use it on the batsman’s leg.  The player applied the spray on the batsman’s leg.  Within 30 seconds he said it was wonderful stuff and his leg was feeling better!


Chacewater CC, who I play for now, have a ground and pitch that any village side would be proud of, due to the work of T. Gibbons, Del Codd and Mark Styles.  On the cricket side we have a lot of talented young players and the future for the club looks excellent.


Village cricket in Cornwall is strong due to the unstinting work and dedication of people like Mike Evans and Mike Weeks plus numerous others who work for their own village team.  I have had sixty wonderful years of village cricket due to people like those above.  The biggest change I’ve seen has been the make-up of village teams, particularly in the fifties when I played for Beacon.  Then every player in the first team was born in the village.  I would be surprised if that happened in any village team at the present time.

John Moyle