A character who took cricket seriously
St George’s Cricket Club are mourning the death of former Cup Match bowler Kenny Paul.
The left-arm seam bowler died at the weekend at the age of 84. Paul, who played league cricket for Pond Hill Stars, made his Cup Match debut in 1959 at Wellington Oval where Somerset won by 27 runs.
The next year he played an integral role in helping St George’s regain the trophy after beating Somerset by ten wickets at Somerset Cricket Club.
“I always remember that game because we bowled Somerset out twice in one day,” Cal “Bummy” Symonds, the former St George’s captain, recalled.
“Kenny Paul and Jackie Durham opened up and Jackie got seven wickets and Kenny three. Somerset were out half an hour before lunch [on the second day] and we had a first innings lead of around 130 runs, so we sent them back in.
“[In the] second innings, I told Kenny he is going to have to stay bowling at one end. I always kept some mints in my pocket for sugar in case he started to get tired and Kenny bowled 25 overs straight in the second innings.
“Kenny bowled 17 overs in the first innings and so he bowled 42 overs in one day. He was always 100 per cent fit.
“He was a colourful fellow who had a lot of charisma. He always had jokes in the dressing room, but when he went on to the field it was strictly business.
“He was a real trojan and is going to be a big miss in the cricket fraternity.”
Paul claimed 46 wickets in Cup Match between 1959 and 1967 at an average of 13.1.
“Kenny, Alfred ‘Fleas’ Hall and Jackie Durham were the top bowlers before Clarence Parfitt came along,” Dennis Wainwright, the former St George’s wicketkeeper-batsman, said.
“We always had top bowlers, but Kenny always stood out.
“He was a joy to keep for and he was one of those bowlers like ‘Fleas” Hall who could bowl very consistently on the spot.
“Kenny was a great fellow to have in the team and it was a lot of fun. He was full of humour and always had a joke and loved to sing like Jackie Durham.”
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