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Playing for trophy after a 75-year gap

Blyth hospital modern matron Lynne Greig and Tom Vickers, community cricket coach for south east Northumberland from Northumberland Cricket Board, with the cup.

Blyth hospital modern matron Lynne Greig and Tom Vickers, community cricket coach for south east Northumberland from Northumberland Cricket Board, with the cup.

A silver cricket cup found in a hospital store cupboard is to be played for this weekend for the first time in 75 years.

Teams will compete for the Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup on Sunday, August 17, in a charity competition organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland Cricket Board.

The gates to the event, hosted by Blyth Cricket Club, will be open from 10.30am with the first match at 11am.

The trophy is expected to be presented to the winning team at 2.45pm.

The cup was discovered last year at Blyth Community Hospital and is in memory of Thomas Knight, a Blyth businessman and ship owner who died in 1878.

Three teams – Blyth, Bomarsund and New Hartley – will compete for the trophy, which dates back to the 1920s and was last played for in 1939.

Brenda Longstaff, charity and volunteer senior lead officer at the trust, said: “It was a total surprise when the cup was found and we’re delighted that a competition has been resurrected after all these years.

“It is fitting that three teams who competed for the trophy are taking part.”

“It is particularly poignant to have the cup re-launched during 2014, 100 years since the beginning of the Great War, as the original competition was suspended at the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came forward with information about the cup.”

Ian Wardle, director of cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board, said: “Sunday’s event promises to be a wonderful addition to the cricket calendar and a great family day out.

“We’re pleased to be working with Northumbria Healthcare to enable teams to compete for the trophy once again and raise the profile of cricket in the county.”

 

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