PETER DIBB received a special memento of his career when the Drakes Huddersfield League held their delayed annual dinner and presentation night.
England’s most capped Test cricketer Alec Stewart was present as Dibb was given a standing ovation by 332 guests at the event in the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top.
League president Bob Platt handed over a cut-glass plaque marking Dibb’s 62 years of playing in the Huddersfield District ranks.
The 76-year-old Dibb was a stalwart at both Honley and Paddock but played for nine clubs in all, five of them as professional. He is one of only three players to have scored 10,000-plus runs in the League and taken 1,000 wickets, after John Shaw and John Sanderson.
He won the League’s batting and bowling prizes 30 years apart – starting his career with a match for Honley at Primrose Hill in 1948 and finishing it with a game for Kirkheaton Seconds at Slaithwaite last summer.
Dibb’s first junior match for Honley was in 1947 when he played against Holmfirth, for whom Bob Platt (ex-Yorkshire) opened the bowling.
Stewart also received a standing ovation when he responded to the toast on behalf of the guests.
The veteran of 133 Tests and 170 one-day internationals spoke amusingly and candidly of his time in county cricket with Surrey and encouraged all clubs to promote youngsters in cricket.
A former England captain, he said he did not agree with Andrew Strauss ‘resting’ from the current tour of Bangladesh – “if you are fortunate enough to be selected for England you should be there – no-one should pick and choose when they play for their country” – but he also felt English cricket was on the up.
Stewart believes England should be strong this coming summer after regaining the Ashes and then drawing the Test series in South Africa, and it should see them in good stead for the following Ashes series in Australia.