Double trophy win marked 25 years on

Now: The 1988 Hartlepool Cricket Club squad today. -line-up is per the 1988 picture
Now: The 1988 Hartlepool Cricket Club squad today. -line-up is per the 1988 picture

THE glory days of an outstanding cricket team were relived when players met 25 years on from winning a rare cup and league double.

Members of the formidable 1988 Hartlepool Cricket Club side which had a rare double win by lifting the North Yorkshire & South Durham (NYSD) ‘A’ division league and Kerridge Cup trophies, met on Saturday – the day of the final home team fixture of the season. The double-feat had not been achieved by the club since 1988.

The day also coincided with ‘Panama hat day’ in memory of much-loved club president Ken Gardner MBE who died last year after more than 50 years’ club service.

Jeremy Boyd, who captained the winning 1988 squad, said: “The reunion went extremely well.

“It was a pleasure to see John Harwood who travelled from Scotland to be with us, my brother Michael who came up from Bishop’s Waltham near Southampton and Glen McGill from North Yorkshire.

“Ashok Patel, the former professional in the side, came from Durham, and is now a teacher at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, but most of the others still live in Hartlepool.

“Club president Dr Peter Relton and I made speeches and the late Ken Gardner was toasted. Club chairman Alan Jackson rounded off the official part of the proceedings with a toast to the double-winning side of 1988.”

Other players were Jeremy’s other brother Derek, Mike Gough, Graeme Scarratt, Stuart Morley, Dean Burrows, Ashley Day, Ian Jackson, Tommy Fountain, Des Playfor and Andy Holland.