Tribute by J.D. Sansom
The Caswell family is the only one to provide three generations of players in the Club's sixty years. They were Arthur, Micky and Mark, but no doubt which one has left his mark on our Club. Very few people could not answer the question of who has taken more wickets for the Triangle, because Micky is the only player so far to have taken more than 1000 wickets [Webmaestro Note: Melvyn Tremlin passed this figure after this was originally penned in 1982]; in fact his tally is around the 1250 mark and still taking a few each season when on holiday. When you realise that he left Portland and moved to London for his work after the 1969 season, you can tell how consistent a wicket taker he was.
There is no doubt that Micky has been one of the Club's most tenacious players, who always gave 110% effort and players of his quality have an infectious effect on other players of the team. He played his first game for the First XI in 1950 after graduating through the Second XI under the fatherly eye of "Dimmock" Atherton. It was not long before Micky started to make his mark and it was after the tragic and early death of David Read that he came out as the Club's number one strike bowler. In seasons 1956 and 1962 he took 115 and 110 wickets respectively and in those days he did not play in the last three or four weeks of each season as he was doing yeoman service at Grove Corner for Portland United F.C., so his wicket haul would have been much higher.
The Triangle had their most consistent success through the fifties and sixties and this in no mean measure was due to Micky, who during these years was ably supported at the other end by Stuart Chase, Graham Cutting and Johnny Gough. So far Micky has only been mentioned for his bowling, but his tenacity also went with his when batting, especially in all the evening competitive games when he would always go for the runs at a fast pace and certainly he kept the batsman at the other end on his toes.
Micky's highest score with the bat was 62* at Beaminster in 1957, but his twenties in the evenings was more of his forceful character and at no time did he give up fighting, for whenever he was playing no cause was lost. There is no doubt that his old skipper (J.D.S.) has many memories of Micky both on and off the field, and when he says off the field, he remembers the work carried out in the many jobs required to be done at Reforne. Micky was always there with a willing and helpful hand - a great working committee man.
It was always a pleasure for him to bowl downhill at Reforne and no opponent ever found him an easy touch for runs with his left arm over the wicket bowling, aiming at the leg stump and at a guess, well over half of his victims were direct hits on the stumps. No batsman at the wicket was a friend to Micky and if a boundary was hit off his bowling, then the chance of the next ball being a bouncer was almost a certainty. There is no doubt that his first and only club in this area was "Portland Red Triangle" and having to move away for work stopped him from being a regular, but even now he looks on us as his club.
There has been a number of occasions when his skipper had to restrain Micky in his over-exuberance, but one request could not be done - this was playing a Saturday game in East Dorset. The batsman, through the umpire, asked if the grunt made when delivering the ball could be stopped and the answer given was that it could only be done by stopping the bowler breathing. Another occasion of note was in the 1961 Echo Cup Final at Downclose, against a very strong Westham side, when as the non-striking batsman he saw Stuart Chase at the other end take a bad blow just above the eye, knocking him to the ground and breaking his wicket. When the bowler appealed, Micky to the least felt agitated, but the skipper was able to get to the wicket just in time to restrain him from doing anything. He told him to take his feelings out on the next ball he received and this was promptly obeyed with a towering six landing on a car in the carpark, and at that stage turned the game in Triangle's favour with just a few balls to spare.
There is no doubt about the effort that Micky gave to the Club and although he had his enemies at the wicket, he had very few, if any, off the field.