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Johnny at West End

5 Feb 1980
Lowerhouse Cricket Club, Burnley

Johnny at West End

Celebrity Johnny Wardle chats to Lowerhouse vice-chairman Jack Heyes and other officials at the clubhouse on Thursday night. Former Yorkshire and England star Johnny Wardle entertained a packed audience at Lowerhouse Cricket Club last Thursday with tales of his cricketing life. Wardle who played in the Lancashire League for 10 years for Nelson and Rishton gave a fascinating insight into his tours with England, his troubles with Yorkshire which led to his sacking and his enjoyment of League cricket. He said that coming into the Lancashire League after his sacking by Yorkshire was the best thing he could have done. He has a good business, good golf handicap, good wife and family and everything worked out well. He recalled the 1964 Worsley Cup final against Burnley when Rishton prevented the Turf Moor Club from achieving the double, as the most memorable Lancashire League game he played in. He said the best batsman he faced were Bradman and Everton Weekes with only Viv Richards comparable in the modern era, but even when he was going well, he would always give the bowler a chance, Bradman never did.