Yorkhull CC

I can recall playing a game in the drive of Greg's parents house at Sale, Manchester when with boyish enthusiasm and application he demonstrated his love and skill at the game. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for cricket is exemplified most clearly when you are batting with Greg. His constant encouragement, tips about the bowling and a wider sense of how the game is going helps your own concentration and will to succeed.
Sale Cricket Club gave the foundation to a cricketing career which has blossomed ever since. The Morrises were to cricket on Sale as the Chappells were to Australian cricket. At one time the first team boasted, the father and three sons including Greg. But Greg was not born a Lancastrian, his retiring nature probably explained by being born in Farnborough, Hampshire.
GREGORY CHARLES MORRISwas born on the 26th of May 1954. He first played Club Cricket at 13 for Sale 3rd XI and, after dropping a catch he completed a good debut with a golden duck. He soon gained promotion to the first team figuring in a seventh wicket partnership of 141, scoring a steady 13. When he went to university, Sale were at last able to replace him with a decent player one Saeed Ahmed, the namesake of the Pakistani International, who took on his mantle. Those early days saw representative cricket for Cheshire at under 15, 19 under 21 levels.
 Having chosen to read mathematics at your university that soon added up to a place in the university team as a wicket keeper batsman. In those days his potential as a wicket-keeper kept out the likes of Barry Webb and Barry Knowles and despite his height he proved very capable. When captain in 1972-3 he showed perhaps his only cricketing weakness when he became the first York skipper to lose the Roses match at Lancaster and it provoked that immortal dressing room denunciation to the players 'there will be changes!' He was no more successful in UAU campaign. He was as good a captain as Mike Denness, Ian Botham and Geoff Boycott put together! In his final year, relieved of captaincy and keeping well all seemed to be going okay. However a loose drive to mid-wicket before tea contributed heavily to our semi-final defeat.
 After university Greg explored the world looking for a cricket club. He went eventually to Jersey where he became Yorkhull's only international cricketer. In the inter-insular match versus Guernsey 1976 he clocked  up another golden duck. His wandering then took him to Australia where the fast wickets proved a hard thing to handle. 1n 1976-77, he claims, he was awarded the Swan Lager Player of the Year, a little-known cricketing award. He was reputedly paid $65 thus risking amateur status and future selection for Yorkhull. Returning to the West Country he was accepted as the batsman for the Yorkhull squad amid growing concern over his keeping.
Since 1980 Greg has played at Midsummer Norton recording a career-best of 121 versus Keynsham. A century eluded him for a long time for Yorkhull but he was able to put this right with a record opening partnership in Penrith in 1988 scoring 106. From 1984 to 1987 he represented the Western league as a wicket-keeper batsmen, replacing Mather in the first role. His last innings against the Somerset league saw a second ball duck. The bowling has often proved too quick for Greg at this level, a broken jaw testament to his bravery and slowness.
 Greg has been an ever present for Yorkhull. Having scored over 1700 runs, more than any other batsman  and took 33 catches and was a key feature in our success. In the very first game an innings of 86 in a record partnership with the skipper helped a famous recovery at Exeter, he batted with grace and flamboyance. When doing well he can play strokes all round the wicket and dominate an attack. For me one of the best knocks I can remeber was when he played for York University in the quarter-final of the UAU against Leicester when a runout ended a superb knock of 60. On the other hand, his wicket keeping has rarely come up to scratch and he was selected for very few games. Indeed reversing the university days Barry Knowles has been given the nod more often. He was allowed to keep again in our 2003 Hambledon game when a disgraceful deliberate drop of a hat-trick ball remains a blot on the landscape. In an attempt to improve his captaincy record he was made skipper on a few occasions but draws and defeats were his dismal record.
 Like all Yorkhullplayers he fancied himself as a slow right arm bowler. He tells me he once got 5 for24 for York University against Northern Command and this is his career best. Unfortunately in a weak moment I let him bowl when he took 5 for 29 and he has lived out on that ever since but his striek rate remains nearly 30!
 In many ways Greg is a shy and private person, reminiscent of the amateur of old. Only in recent years has he been confident enough to stay with the team and take a full part in events.  But he is part of the furniture for Yorkhull and the tour would not have survived beyond the cricketing days without his enthusiasm and commitment to continue to spend time with the group. I have to say I admire his cricketing brain and expertise and he is a good friend but hope that the editor will delete this comment.