Inspirational player coach for Lytton . . .
Thank you Pat Malcon for highlighting Peter Gibson's cricketing career. Peter unselfishingly decided to commit to becoming player coach of the Lytton High School 1st XI cricket team in the late 1960s which was a great morale boost to our team members, who included opening bat Steve Goldsbury and fast bowling talent Willy Westrupp.
My memories of Peter playing for our school team can still be easily recalled, which inspired us to become leading lights in the local Senior B competition.
One game against High School Old Boys in a top-of-the-table clash was one of the most memorable. Included in the HSOB lineup was Muru Walters, the ex Maori All Black and North Auckland rugby fullback who was a fine batsman in his own right and was in top form.
Walters strode to the crease full of confidence and our team realised his wicket was crucial to us beating our opponents.
Peter took the ball and bowled three orthodox off spinners which Walters respectfully played back to the bowler. However, Peter's next ball was his inswinging “arm” ball which beat the left handed Walters all ends up and left his stumps in disarray, and we eventually went on to win the game.
I am certain that Peter's passing was a shock to all those who remembered playing with him for the Lytton High School 1st XI in that era. His calmness on and off the field and his all-round cricketing ability was an inspiration to us all.
Thanks for the memories Peter. Rest in peace.
I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his whanau.