A walk down Memory Lane
Jackie Heywood, from Ballymagorry, is well known for his tall tales, but he is also known for his abiding love of cricket...
“The biggest thing for me would be cricket, and I live for cricket.
I played whenever I was 10, and that would be 63 years ago. I just got into the game through school and friends and first played for Leckpatrick Cricket Club.
I was 10 when I started and I remember going to a match, it was Limavady Junction playing against Leckpatrick. Limavady Junction had batted first and Lackpatrick second, but whenever the last man was in, it was a man by the name of Charlie McNamee, he needed two runs to win and the Limavady Junction Unpire gave him out Leg before wicket - but I won’t go into that now.
At that time they had to put wire up around the pitch to keep the cattle off the pitch surface, but this man would not get off the pitch, so they put the wire up around him. That’s a comical one that I remember.
I think that would have been back in 1963 that Charlie was wired into the pitch.
Even though it is so long ago I still remember it. I think it stuck in my mind simply because he was such a big man and I just remember him standing in the middle of the pitch and he would not get off so that they could put up the wiring to protect the surface from the cattle.
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