The Competition is sad to report the death of Brian "Knocker" Knowles
Not only was Brian Knowles a very capable club cricketer, he was also a beloved character. You know, the bloke who always had a pint after the game and told you how lucky you were to beat us by 100 runs. In truth, it would have been 175 runs if Brian wasn’t bowling. The stuttery run-up, the quirky action, belied metronomic accuracy. Guaranteed 23 overs at one end always gave us a fighting chance. The maidens were usually in double figures. Oh, and he loved a moan at fine- leg with the opposition who were walking idly around the ground, mostly about my captaincy. Knocker loved the game. He loved the Palace Shield. He didn’t need a sat-nav to find BAE Warton or Guardian Royal. It was from this and the fact he always drove that “The Long Ride Home” was born. Caton and Torrisholme had that privilege every other week. I know some of the other clubs weren’t keen on the trek North, but we all loved coming to you and the hospitality on the way home. Caton is a poorer place without cricket. It was never going to host the Meyler Cup Final, but it was the Caton Oval, even though it wasn’t oval! Brian spent hours, days, weeks on the tractor cutting the outfield. He was treasurer for as long as I can remember. He was the PS representative and, as most of you know, stayed until the end of all meetings at BAC. His lovely wife Carol was always serving your hot dogs. Carol passed three years ago. He won a lifetime achievement award from the Palace Shield. It was a night we wouldn’t forget. He didn’t know. We were so proud of him. He truly is a Palace Shield legend. Now we all must raise a glass to Brian Knowles. I’m honoured to have played cricket with him for 38 years, I’m honoured that he was my Best Man. I really miss my mate, the happy times we had on the Oval and at your grounds. We had the best of times. Rest in peace, Brian.
See you on The Long Ride Home.