Yorkhull CC

Born on 13 August 1951 GEORGE BRIGHT claims that the unlucky 13 syndrome has dogged his cricket career. When he put it in the air he got caught, and when he bowls a superb ball it is too good for the batsmen. With such delusional episodes he was bound to make it big in the public sector
 George attended Haverfordwest Grammar School until 16 managing a top score of 46 and six for 6 against Milford Haven. A rather lanky use youth with the contrast between his name and his ability he moved onto St Joseph Williams Mathematical School, Rochester and to give him confidence was made school captain in the Upper Sixth as well as representative honours with Medway schools. Against the Old Boyshe scored 64 and 6 for 51 but no other records remain of his achievements.
He started Club Cricket with Haverfordwest CC but when 16 he went to Borstal where he played in the North and mid Kent week (do such lads deserve letting out for such events?) Senior cricket was continued with Yeovil and such was his impact that whilst in the Somerset Premier league the club folded. It was when playing for Yeovil that George begged to be included in the Yorkhull set up scurrying off for his degree certificate from Hull for proof of authenticity. The first ball duck notwithstanding we took him under our wing. His career cricketing ability and his singing blossomed under our guidance.
 George scored two centuries during his career and 57 whilst at Borstal against the Kent representative side which he claimed included Alan Brown, David Sayer and Colin Page (who?). When playing in the Somerset league he bowled out John Jameson, the whiskey magnate for a duck. George can be a powerful hitter of the ball and the Somerset League still talks of his 84 not out in 12 overs in an all day match. Glimpses of this potential have been seen on tour.
 His love of Yorkhull is self-evident. He was once quoted in The Times higher as saying that Yorkhull was 'a wonderful institution which has matured with age and marked each summer the slow decline from competitive cricketers to nostalgic appreciates the efforts of others" (is this management speak or a valedictory message for Rob Woodford) His belief that cricket is more about the battle of mind over matter was exemplified when he returned from bowling retirement to spearhead the attack in the last few years of touring.
 George was a good team man. Willing, articulate, a capable bat and penetrating bowler with such a good throw you always wanted him around. Who better to sing the Welsh ditty we associate so much with him -
Sosban fach yn berwi ar y tân,
Sosban fawr yn gollwng ar y llawr,
A'r gath wedi sgrapo Joni bach
 
Alongside Tony Lewis George epitomises all that is best about Welsh cricket.
 

Postscript:

 In October 2011 George was diagnosed with cancer and from the outset faced an uphill struggle. He maintained his good humour and continued to care for others all the way through his treatment. We made a return to The Heaves Hotel in March 2012 at his request. It was a bittersweet weekend but much reminiscing was enjoyed and the March date is now part of our annual gatherings. George died in June 2012 and his loss to so many is immeasurable. Many tributes were paid to him including our own tributes to a fine friend, an insightful thinker, a wholehearted cricketer, a family man and a wonderful companion. As part of our own tribute we planted a tree in his memory at The Heaves Hotel and purchased t-shirts in his welsh red which is compulsory wear whenever we meet together to watch cricket.

We will return each year to The Heaves to see the tree grow tall and remind us of how much George has a place in our hearts.