Clubs: Appleby Frodingham, Ruston Bucyrus, Lindum CC
Roles and Representation: Lincolnshire Captain, Chairman of Lincolnshire Cricket Association, Chairman and President of Lindum CC
Honours: Lifetime achievement awards from Lincolnshire Premier League and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership in Recognition of his work in cricket.
Harry was selected to play for Lincolnshire in the Minor Counties League whilst still a pupil at Scunthorpe Grammar School. He went on to play for Lincolnshire in 145 matches over a span of 29 years, scoring 5532 runs, an aggregate only exceeded by three other players. Harry played against the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Fred Trueman, Graham Pollock and Wasim Akram in a distinguished playing career.
He initially played for Appleby Frodingham CC before moving to Ruston Bucyrus when his teaching career brought him to Lincoln. When the firm closed down he moved to Lindum CC where he became captain.
He qualified as a coach early in his career and coached youngsters at club, county and regional level. Young players who gained from his knowledge and experience include Mike Atherton and Mark Ramprakash.
Harry played his part in introducing Kwik Cricket to England and sparking the interest of the sport to a whole new generation of cricket stars.
“I attended a meeting in 1989, at Trent Bridge, as chairman of Lincolnshire Cricket Association at the time,” explained Pougher.
“The meeting was to talk over a game which is called Kanga Cricket in Australia. We took it on and called it Kwik Cricket and the Lincoln McKinnells League formed as the country’s first league.”
Following his retirement from teaching in 2001, Harry made a major contribution to Lindum Cricket Club. His full-time occupation became the development of cricket at the club, particularly the development of youngsters.
Possibly the culmination of all his effort was the club’s U15 side winning the national ECB NatWest trophy in 2011.
Harry enjoying the presentation to the Lindum U15 team by ex-England captain Michael Vaughan.