[Oakworth CC 1948-1974]


Oakworth Cricket Club was saddened to learn of the death of former Oakworth cricketer Stanley Moules.

Stanley had reached the magnificent age of 95 before his innings finally came to an end on 1st March 2016.

After playing his early cricket at Works team Prince Smith & Stells, Stanley, aged 27 joined Oakworth CC. His debut was on 12th June 1948 at home to local rivals Haworth Methodists. He batted at no 8 but did not trouble the scorers.

Stanley was principally a wicket-keeper but sadly his record in that discipline is not recorded. All his appearances were in the West Bradford League in an era before the weather became hotter and on surfaces not so conducive to high scoring. His highest league score was 28, batting number 4 against Long Lee. But his pride of place almost certainly went to his 35 not out, batting number 7, also against Long Lee at Golden View in a Keighley Charity Cup match. It came exactly 13 years on from his debut on 12th June 1961 in an Oakworth total of 129 but which was overcome by the home team by 3 wickets.

His batting career average of 7.34 may appear modest by today's standards but the quality of today's wickets is far superior to Stanley's day.

He became a regular First Xl player between 1956 and 1961 having in earlier years been one of those players who played both first and second Xl, something he also did in later years when he was always available when OCC was short. In 1957 Stanley made 20 appearances for an Oakworth team somewhat in the doldrums. Stanley batted number 5 on 14th September against the Methodists alongside debutant Wilfrid Scarborough, our President. His penultimate match for Oakworth First Xl came at the age of 41 but he added one more 12 years later in the last match of 1974 against now defunct Morton Banks.

His playing career was also augmented by a stint as club Umpire in the days before League panels.

Rest in Peace now Stanley.

Stanley Moules - Batting Career record for Oakworth CC
  years appeared innings no runs 4s 6s highest average
First XI 1948-74 115 93 18 522     28 6.96
Keighley Cup 1956-61 8 3 2 36     35 36.00
Second XI 1948-74

not recorded

TOTAL   123 96 20 558     35 7.34