Staff at a community hospital after been hit for six after finding a mystery cricket cup in a cupboard.
The Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup, which dates back to the 1920s, was discovered at Blyth Community Hospital.
Now Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for information about the cup.
Lynne Creig, modern matron at the hospital, said: “It was a complete surprise when the cup was found and we had no idea that the hospital was involved in a cricket competition.
“We’d really like to know the story behind the cup and its history.”
The cup is in memory of Thomas Knight, a self-made Blyth businessman and ship owner who died in 1878.
It was competed for between 1926 and 1939 with winners including Seghill, Ashington, Bedlington, Seaton Burn, Borough of Tynemouth and West Sleekburn.
To celebrate the cup being found, the trust is working with Northumberland Cricket Board to make arrangements for a charity cricket competition between local clubs to be held next year and the potential to run a junior contest alongside.
Ian Wardle, director of cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board, said: “Cricket has a long history in the county and it is fascinating that this cup has been unearthed after so long.
“It would be great to find out more about the cup to help us plan for the competition next year.”
Anyone with information about the cup is welcome to speak to staff at an event today (Thursday) at the hospital from 4pm to 6pm.
The hospital’s Christmas-themed event, featuring carol singing and craft activities for children, will take place in the dining room and be an opportunity for people to find out about the services.
The hospital’s three wards provide specialist rehabilitation and support for patients, many of whom are elderly, who have been admitted to hospital for a range of acute medical conditions. A range of outpatient clinics are also held.
People unable to attend the event, but would like to give information about the cup, should contact (0191) 203 1354.