Arthur Savage
Supreme Wicket-taker & Insurance Salesman
 
 
 

Arthur Savage began his working life in the office of the Bath and Portland Stone Firms at Easton. Being ambitious and realising there was little chance for advancement, he left and finally set up a very successful insurance business in Weymouth and Dorchester

Beginning his cricketing career with the Underhill Club, he and his partner, Biff Wiles, were responsible for the almost total destruction of the Red Triangle batsmen, skittling them out for 13 runs. Our late President carried his bat, scoring 12 and one bye.

Fortunately for Red Triangle, the Underhill Club seems to have disbanded in 1925 for in the following year (1926) we find Arthur at Reforne, quickly followed by his partner. What a find - what a double asset to the Club. Arthur's name soon began to appear among the wicket takers - reaching his peak in seasons 1928-31, where in these four consecutive seasons he took 107, 114, 116 and 102 wickets.

As a fast-medium bowler (down the hill) he used guile, pace, movement off the seam, length, low trajectory and patience to good effect. He could even turn a ball both ways. With such a variety of deliveries, he kept even the best batsmen quiet and they had to be constantly on their toes. With the wiles of Savage at one end and Biff Wiles at the other, no wonder wickets fell. With his partner, they were probably the best pair of opening bowlers the Triangle ever had. The only other comparable pair being Johnny Gough and Micky Caswell - some thirty years later.

This twice Durnovarian Mayor not only had a ready wit and a marvelous sense of humour, but also a streak of devilment. A certain well-known batsman of that era, on seeing Arthur talking to his fiancée as they strolled around the boundary, suddenly lost his concentration and conveniently got himself "out". With Arthur's personality and persuasive ability to sell insurance, I don't blame him!

About this time (1932) most of his work took him off the island and in 1933 he left to play for both Weymouth and Dorchester - with success may I add. He played for "YM" occasionally and for many years was the Secretary of the County Knock Out Cup Competitions. One of his proudest days was when he played for Phil Mead's XI at Dorchester.

In 1950 he was appointed Captain and continued playing in a limited capacity until 1954. In a long and marvellous career for our Club, his record is as follows:

Batting:

Seasons No. of Innings Not Out Highest Score Total Runs Average
15 253 40 58 2112 9.91

Bowling:

Seasons Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average Catches
15 2460.2 645 5374 765 7.02 68