George Charlton Lamb 1936 – 2013

(Durham CCC, Surrey 2nd XI, Gateshead Fell CC, Banstead CC, Gaieties CC, Nomads CC, Kensington CC, Surrey Over 70s)
(Hornets CC, Tyneside Premier League,Intellectuals CC,Albury CC,Virgin XI,Invalids CC)

Charlton Lamb was the  youngest ever capped player for Durham CCC(Minor County) at  17 years old. He scored 55 on debut for Durham v Lancashire Second X1 August 1954. He played 88 matches for Durham CCC including Durham CCC v South Africa in 1955 age 19yrs, Durham CCC v India 1959,   Durham CCC v Pakistan 1962 scored 25 runs. Charlton originally played for and skippered Gateshead Fell before moving South and playing for several clubs in the Surrey Championship with distinction. In his maturity he became a legend with two wandering clubs-the Gaieties CC and Nomads CC.

Charlton was used as the character Sid for Eric Morecambe’s book – see picture below

Charlton Lamb was a wonderful cricketer and superb Badminton player who played on into old age and lit up apres match sessions with his stories and wit.

His funeral in Sanderstead and Memorial Service in Gateshead were well attended by cricketers of all ages and many Badminton players as well. The latter service and the Memorial match between Nomads and Gateshead Fell were very well attended by a great many female admirers.

His memory is celebrated by Nomads and Gaieties in an annual cricket match together with Ossie Gooding and Harold Pinter.

“A legend before he was out of teens”

On being introduced to Sir John Gielgud by Harold Pinter at the latter’s wedding party to Lady Antonia Fraser, Sir John said ” I am honoured to meet you”

We were all honoured to have met and played with Charlton Lamb.

Charlton was awarded this Cup by Kensington CC for winning the match at Jesus College with some drama and Michael Blumberg at the other end, July 2010.