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Obituary: Almondbury cricket legend George Harrison

ONE of Huddersfield’s cricketing stalwarts has passed away.

Kirkheaton man George Harrison clocked up more than 70 years in the Huddersfield League and was a club professional for a number of local teams.

His cricketing career began in the 1940s as an amateur at Almondbury and he first hit the news in 1948 when he took nine for 14 against Meltham and topped the league’s bowling averages.

The high-profile innings led to the fast-medium bowler signing his first professional contract at Hall Bower in 1949.

He later returned to Almondbury to help them win the league championship before two years as the professional at Bradley Mills.

In 1954, the all-rounder was signed by Dalton as a professional, where as captain he guided them to the Hinchliffe Cup in 1956.

At the time of his signing, the left-handed batsman and right-arm bowler averaged 23.5 runs and had taken 27 wickets at a cost of 18.8 runs.

He then returned to the Fernside Avenue club where he played out the remainder of his career.

As well as being an accomplished batsman and bowler, Harrison held the remarkable distinction of winning the league’s wicketkeeping prize for three successive years from 1962 to 1964 whilst at Almondbury.

After a successful playing career, George took up administrative duties at Almondbury and was twice the winner of the FR Stallard Cup for his long and distinguished service to the league.

He also took up golf and was an active member of Meltham Golf Club until shortly before his death.

Off the field, Mr Harrison spent his entire 47-year career at Peabody Sturtevent at Market Street, Huddersfield, where he worked as a construction engineer.

George Arthur Harrison died aged 82 on November 26, the loving husband of Molly and his late wife Elsie. He leaves his son Steven, daughter-in-law Trish, sisters Adrienne and Elaine, grandchildren Richard and Becky and great-grandchildren Finlay and Nieve.