This is the first of a series of short articles about long-serving Cae Glas members and their history.
It seemed appropriate to start with Kent man, Andy Kemp who’s been living in the Oswestry area since the late seventies. This year also marks 50 years of playing cricket at a senior level.
It was his job with the Milk Marketing Board that first brought him into the region, where he met his wife, Jill.
A chance encounter with another Cae Glas old-timer, Nick Broadbent, resulted in Andy – whose first match was actually against the Club as part of a touring side – becoming a member.
Having been persuaded into the field on the right side, Andy recalls being asked by a member of the opposition who exactly Cae Glas were. “Dunno, exactly” he replied. “Think they’re something to do with a glass making company…..!” He was forgiven his faux pas – and became a regular first team member from 1977 onwards, even captaining the side for a number of seasons and contributing runs regularly in his role as high order batter.
He’s achieved countless half-centuries in his batting career as well as a couple of tons.
More recently, he’s been a regular member of the Shropshire County veterans’ side. In his county career – which started in 2011, he’s played in a dozen or so games against opposition as far afield as Durham, Derbyshire and even Cornwall.
In his most recent match against Cheshire at Oswestry CC – where I took the pictures featured in this article – Shropshire were defeated by a strong side. The league fixtures are now complete although Andy has chance of a few more appearances yet in a knock-out plate competition.
And as usual with our most faithful members, it’s a family affair. Andy’s son, Matt, has played 20/20 cricket for the mid-week side for the last 3 seasons. With the recent birth of Harvey, born on 5th May, it’s likely that there’ll be a Kemp playing for the “Glass” for a good few years to come!