THE silver anniversary of the legendary year Hartlepool cricketers ‘did the double’ will be celebrated with a reunion this weekend.
It takes place at Hartlepool Cricket Club this Saturday from noon, before the final first team home fixture of the season, which coincides with ‘Panama hat day’ in remembrance of much-loved club president Ken Gardner MBE who died last year after more than 50 years of club service.
Gathering together for the first time since 1988 will be the players who won a rare ‘double’ 25 seasons ago by winning the North Yorkshire & South Durham (NYSD) A division league and the Kerridge cup, a feat previously achieved by Hartlepool in 1928.
Despite being very close a few times, the club has not won the NYSD league title since 1988.
Jeremy Boyd, who was captain at the time, said: “A very strong squad of players in 1988 included well-known local batsmen Mike Gough and Graeme Scarratt, backed up by Stuart Morley and my brothers Derek and Michael. In bowling there was considerable strength with two outstanding local youngsters, Dean Burrows and Ashley Day, both of whom had spells with first class counties, plus club stalwarts Ian Jackson and Tommy Fountain.
“There were also two very talented cricketers, wicketkeeper Des Playfor and all-rounder Andy Holland, with an exceptional professional Ashok Patel, who scored six centuries and 12 half-centuries, and took 66 wickets in 1988. It was particularly rewarding that almost all of the squad lived in Hartlepool.”
Those who knew Mr Gardner are welcome to attend the match, from 1pm.