|Accrington Cricket Club|
One of the Lancashire League's all time greats David Ormerod brought down the curtain on a glittering career spanning three decades on Sunday after Accrington's final match of the 2017 season at Enfield.
David began his career at Thorneyholme Road as a junior alongside the likes of Graham Lloyd and Paul Barratt.
David's move to Bacup saw him develop into the Lancashire League's leading bowler of his generation. An inswing bowler with a variety of surprises for the batsman, David took a total of 876 wickets in helping Bacup to three successive titles during his 15 year spell at Lanehead.
David has now taken over 1300 Lancashire League wickets and has taken 5 wickets in an innings 96 times with a best of 8-45 against East Lancs in 2002.
He has picked up the Lancashire League Senior Bowling Award eight times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 2004, 2006 and 2008).
He captained Accrington to a league and cup double in 2008 and the league championship again in 2009.
Also in 2008 David was named as the Wisden Cricketer Club Cricketer of the Year.
There will be many much deserved tributes paid to David for both his outstanding cricketing career and his contribution for title successes at two Clubs. His bowling statistics speak for themselves. What will stand out for me is the manner in which he played his cricket. You always knew that David would play hard and play to win but he was always fair and a gentleman both on and off the field. The younger generation could learn a lot from him about how you can be competitive and yet still make friends of opponents. David enjoy your well earned retirement, look back on your long career cricketing career with pride you certainly deserve it and I look forward to still seeing you around the Lancashire League grounds.
‘A Printable Selection From The John Chapman Repertoire Of Nicknames’ – written by A. Mole
"Dave O! Dibbly dobbly Dave O! Six more dot balls and another maiden." Heartfelt congratulations from everyone at Bacup on a most magnificent Lancashire League career. David wasn't an early starter in second team cricket, making his debut as a late teenager, putting in some steady performances in the second eleven championship seasons of 1988 and 1989. However, his potential had been recognised and he was catapulted into the first eleven at the start of the 1990 season, taking four wickets on his debut, including that of the Burnley professional Mudassar Nazar. Dibber had arrived and was to become a permanent fixture in the team for the next sixteen seasons. I don't need to quote statistics. They are there for all to see. For several years he formed a deadly partnership with Roger Harper. His initial success was based on prodigious inswing and unerring accuracy. However, David always worked hard on his game and was keen to keep improving. He would bowl for hours in the nets to hone his skills, thereby increasing his stamina to stand him in good stead for regular marathon 25 over spells. Soon he developed his leg cutter and the rest is history. Dibber was of course instrumental in the team's championship winning years of 2000, 2001 and 2002, bowling virtually unchanged from one end in tandem with firstly Adam Dale and then Shaun Young. Early finishes and long sessions in the bar were often the order of the day. Dibber, "the ice man", was never flustered and his cool temperament won many a game, even with the bat at times! However, above all, Dave is a genuinely nice guy who never sought the limelight and I, like many others, will forever cherish my playing days with him. It's now 12 years since Dave represented Bacup where he attained legendary status. He remains a legend at Lanehead and his name will feature forever in the annals of Bacup Cricket Club. Enjoy your retirement from the game Dibber and thanks for the memories.
As a young man trying to make my mark in league cricket, I imagine I could not have been exposed to many better examples of how to play and conduct myself on and off a cricket field. David Ormerod and his Bacup team where the epitome of hardness, resilience and fairness. The friendly smile and firm handshake that you would always receive pre-match from not only Dibber, but his absolute gentleman of a father Alick was so warm and welcoming. Yet, this was totally at odds with the uncomfortable and incessant inspection of physical technique and mental toughness that any individual had to show in order to stay at the crease. With Chappy always two feet away, Killers at short leg and Roger Harper lurking at point or cover, it was the sort of examination and evaluation that, looking back, one realises has been a foundation stone of ones career. Dibber's statistics speak for themselves. However, to be a great player and equally a great gentleman is a template that Dibber has provided for so many opponents over so many years. Other league greats I have experienced the pleasure and pain of playing against, such as Kes, Blez, Payney, John Harvey and Trigger, have all displayed the same fantastic qualities. It has been a pleasure to play against Dibber for so many years and I would like to wish him and his family all the very best when attempting to drag him around B&Q on a Sunday next June!
I met Dibber when I first came to Accrington Cricket Club and he made me feel really comfortable hope you have a happy retirement and thank you for all the laughs we had.
My memories of Dibber only go back a dozen years both as an Umpire and for the past years as League Chairman. His reputation as an great outstanding bowler was well known but to witness him in action was always a pleasure. As an umpire, you were always confident that if he claimed for a dismissal, then there was a fair chance you would have to agree with him and raise the finger He rarely appealed unless he thought it was out or at least, very close. But he didn't just stand out as a top bowler, it was the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the field. Never argued or swore if you turned an appeal down, even if you had possibly got it wrong, he would just smile and raise his eyebrows as he trudged back past you. He was the perfect example of how a player should behave and a perfect model for all junior cricketers to follow. On behalf of the current League Executive, I wish him well for the future and do hope we continue to see his cheery face at League grounds. Thank you Dibber for enhancing the League over all these years, you truly are a legend.
Dibber as he is known by most is a true great of the league. A gem of a bloke and always played with a smile on his face and with skill and accuracy was comfortably one of the best players of my generation and the one before. But the best thing he brought to us at Accrington was to play with a smile on your face, be respectful to the officials and enjoy a good drink in the bar after the game.
When contemplating a tribute to anyone you would normally relate most topics to the experiences that you have shared with that person. "Dibber" or David Ormerod is not a person that just deserves personal references, he actually deserves respect from the highest echelons within cricketing nobility. I first meet David (that is what his dad called him and I always gave him that respect) when his father Alick brought him to Bacup Cricket Club as a young lad, he was quiet he was respectable to the seniors at the club, he didn't question the advice from all who were to offer, he just listened. It was just after I had been "stood down" as Captain at the club and I was playing in the second X1 when David made his debut, he had to challenge for his place between other youngsters at the club in the bowling division, namely John (winky) Nuttall and Peter Cook. When David got his chance he took with both hands, he worked on his game and with the gentle encouragement from his father Alick and the other seniors within Bacup, Neal Wilkinson Peter Mulderrig Peter and David Thompson David soon developed his skills that were to be so excellently and effectively used against all of batsmen in the Lancashire League. It is undoubtedly accepted that in tandem with the clubs professionals that were employed at Bacup he played no small part in the halcyon days of championship trophies collected by the club. During his time at Bacup his skills and knowledge were used by most captains at the club and it was towards the end of his career at Bacup that he accepted the captaincy. I had had many a conversation with his father Alick on this subject and if Alick was being truthfully honest he did not want David to accept the position, but I was trying to convince him that David was the natural successor to Captain. Bacup did not have the most successful season whilst David was Captain, players leaving, a poor season by the Professional and having to blood many a youngster were issues David had to contend with. At the end of that season the club decided to look elsewhere for a Captain, it was never a decision that I was very comfortable with, it was this decision that forced David to maintain his self respect and return to his first club Accrington. I totally understood and respected his decision. Success was soon to follow at Accrington and was proud to be one of the first to congratulate him. To me David has always been and always will be the same young lad that I meet some 30 odd years ago, a genuine honest likeable most modest person that you ever likely to meet. It was just a few seasons ago when I was umpiring a fixture at Accrington (opposition not named because some may remember) and a claim for an lbw decision against David was asked of me to which I declined, I just couldn't give him out, he is too nice a guy and of course I did claim to be his first batting coach at Bacup. David I always said you should have made more of your batting. Good luck in whatever you do and if you get the chance, please pass on your knowledge and experience of all your cricketing skills to those who will listen in whatever capacity they stand.
I first came up against Dave in 2000 as a 16 year old. Adam Dale was bowling what seemed rapid to me, and I felt sure if I could just get down the other end I'd be safe. Walking off 1 ball later (ct Wilkinson b Ormerod 0) I reflected on my decision. Perhaps I could have played a different shot? Was it not there to drive? Next time I'll charge him! I wonder how many batters have since walked off thinking the same thing. And how many wished they'd taken their chances against the pro rather than Dibber?! As a bowler Dave's record is impressive, but not nearly as impressive as the bloke he is. I am proud to have opened the bowling with him just once for the League team, and just as proud to have shared a beer with after many years of wins and losses. Always generous in his advice, I tried to soak up as much of his wisdom as possible, and I'm sure it made me a better cricketer. Dave always played the game in the right way, and never took himself too seriously. Young lads starting out in league cricket would do well to find him and have a chat about what it's actually all about. They wouldn't regret it. Well done on a fantastic career pal. Despite spoiling so many people's days, you've made playing in the League a much more enjoyable experience.
I started my career as a 15 year old trying to work out how I was ever going to score any runs off Roger Harper at one end and Dibber at the other. How did they become so good? There never seemed to be a bad ball and, fortunately for me, I managed to avoid playing against Dibber for most of my career. What I did miss were the games against a good set of lads at Bacup and most importantly Dibber and his dad always having time for a quiet word with a young cricketer - as I was at the time. A top bloke and excellent bowler. What League Legends are all about. Enjoy your retirement Dibber and congratulations on a wonderful career.
Dibber and our very own legend Keith Roscoe are a perfect example to younger players that contrary to popular belief, with all the T20 and one day cricket about you don’t need 5 or 6 different deliveries to be an incredible bowler. As Dibber has recently said, master your stock delivery, add in a variation, practice hard and you will have success. Had many a battle with Dibber over the years, and although you pretty much knew what was coming he always seemed to come out on top. A great bloke off the pitch and a hard, fair competitor on it. Enjoy whatever you do next Dibber, you’ve certainly earned your reputation as one of the all time Lancashire League greats.
Aspiring young cricketers should note that only real way to get better is to practice, practice, practice. Dave didn’t get as good as he was by luck or pure talent but by putting in the hard yards. Back when he was a young up and coming bowler he would bowl for hours upon end in the nets at Bacup , long after most others had retired to the changing rooms and the bar. These 100 hours of practice meant Dave could control the ball as if was on a piece of string and add many variations to his stock inswinger. In all the years I played with him at Bacup CC you could count on the fingers of one hand the number of bad balls he bowled each season whereas he invariably dismissed the opposition professional. It was a privilege to play with Dave for so long and he was a perfect team mate, always encouraging you if you had a poor score or dropped a catch and good company in the bar after the game. We will be friends for all our lives. I’m just glad I only had to bat against him in the nets!!! See you on the golf course?
Dibbers record speaks for itself, a phenomenal amount of wickets, with many top players falling to him along the way. From a personal point of view I played under Dave in 2010 and quickly learnt what a gent he was, as good a mentor as a young player could wish for. To be as competitive as Dave is without ever upsetting any team mates, umpires or opponents along the way is an example to us all. League cricket is a poorer place without him, but congratulations on a fantastic career, a real credit to Bacup, Accrington and the Lancashire League. Was a pleasure to share a field with you, enjoy retirement mate.
What a guy!! I can only echo what everyone else has said. He brought us glory days at Bacup that will never be forgotten, but to top that he also brought us Jo Jo. Make sure them aching bones get a good rest. Enjoy retirement pal.
So I've taken some time to think about this....partly because I know a page full of tributes to yourself is the last thing you wanted! Your impassioned plea in July "Please Kim don't let them do it, can you not stop it pleeeeeease Kim!!" was proof positive of that. However, I've come to the conclusion that it's better to have a tribute page that you can read and see what your friends, teammates and peers think of you rather than have one that you'll never see!! Back in 2006 when news broke that you were returning to Accy I have to admit I didn't really give it much thought, yeah you were one of the best bowlers in Lancs League history (according to Birty) and you'd contributed to Bacups success but I didn't have much opinion on the news.....little did I know what that one decision made by you would mean for me and my family!! It's no secret your return contributed towards the resurgence of Accy and any success we've had since 2008....all that can be seen in the records of the club, so you don't need me to big you up or sing your praises (you'd think there was something wrong with me if I did) so I'll keep it short and sweet.....as good a cricketer as you are, and there's few better, you are an even better human being and I am thankful and honoured that I can call you a friend and think of you as family. There's been a lot of ups and downs, highs and lows, laughter and tears but it's been a privilege to go through all of those with you (and the extended Ormerod clan) .....so thank you Dibberoooooo for being you! I can't end this without paying tribute to the real hero.....Jo! I have known of no other WAG who has shown so much patience and understanding over the years as she has, not once have I seen her pull a face or try and drag Dibs away home even though she must have been tired or fed up at times and to Holly and Alice who have spent their whole lives losing their Dad for 5 months of the year....thank you for letting us borrow him!! Enjoy retirement Dibs.....you really have earned it!
I’m more than happy that I will be able to slip away into retirement overshadowed by in my opinion 1 of only a hand full of true Lancashire League legends that I have played with and against in my 30 yrs. I can now reveal I used to love a little verbal battle with a feisty opening bowler, really heightened the senses and concentration levels. No chance with Dibber a little smile and a nod of the head I wouldn’t even have dared to try and start an angry outburst he would have probably just smiled harder. I think the only time I saw him angry was when he bowled a bad ball which if you were lucky was half a dozen times in a 20 over spell. I look forward to sitting at the bottom of the pavilion steps at Accy glass of red in one hand and BBQ burger in the other, we can really tell those youngsters ‘it’s not like it was in our day!!!’
The older generation still wandering round the boundary would call your Dave, "Alick's Lad", in reverence to your dad and all he accomplished during his years in the Lanky League. Those of us, although younger, but still with greying, receding hair & expanding waistlines, having watched David's career wax & wane can honestly say that David & your dad are stood on the same step. Alick must have been so proud of the many achievements & milestones that Dibber clocked up during his years in the game, but more so for manner in which he carried himself whilst playing the game. When reading through Dave's Appreciation Thread on Accy's website there is a common recurrent theme which is immediately apparent… just how much respect there is, especially from all the other "long in the tooth" amateurs, who played not for money but for the love of the game, for your Dave. Never has the phrase, "Respect is earned, not bestowed" been held more truly. Rumour has it that Dibber is turning out for Michael Brown's World XI v Burnley CC at the end of the month; it would be a fitting send-off, if the weather holds fair.