Celebrating 100 years of cricket club

Askern's captain Andrew Lunn (l) shakes the hand of M.C.C captain Peter Heseltine before a charity match. Picture: Andrew Roe
Askern's captain Andrew Lunn (l) shakes the hand of M.C.C captain Peter Heseltine before a charity match. Picture: Andrew Roe

IT was a match to remember when a cricket club took on the oldest club in the world for a special centenary game.

Askern Welfare Cricket Club was established in 1912 and players past and present came together to celebrate its rich history on and off the pitch.

As part of the day of celebration, the club arranged a game against the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club as well as an impressive flypast from a Spitfire.

Vice chairman Kevin O’Grady, who has been a member of the club for about 25 years, said: “It was a fantastic day. It was quite emotional in a way to think that the club has been going for 100 years.

“There’s a nucleus of people that worked incredibly hard for the day to happen and we put on a lunch for about 100 people.”

Spectators turned out to watch the match, which saw the MCC bat first and score 189 for seven wickets. Askern were all out for 135 with top scores from David Longley and Dean Smith.

Club chairman Norman Firth was also thrilled with the success of the day but admitted that the match was close to being called off.

He said: “In July when we had the really wet weather, the pitch was completely waterlogged. It was a close call at one point but we got everything ready in time and everything seemed to go very well.”

The club has two cricket bats which members are currently deciding what to do with.

One of them is signed by the Australian 20/20 squad including Ricky Pontin.

A souvenir programme was also produced for the centenary game with photos of former Askern teams with a foreword from Norman thanking the MCC for its support which made the day “very special indeed”.