Cricket club reflects on members now gone

BLYTH Cricket Club held their annual dinner at their clubhouse where they looked to the season ahead and reflected on the supporters who had passed away over the last year.

Chairman Paul Cormack welcomed all the guests, including Terry Charlton and his wife, league umpires Arnie Gilholm and Alan Howe, past players Peter Robertson, Decca Lord, Jim Purvis and Keith Saddler.

He also talked about the friends of the club who had sadly died in the last 12 months, including supporter and occasional player Peter Cotterill; Shiela Gibson, the club president’s mother and life long supporter; and league umpire and club friend Mick McLean.

Guests held a minute’s applause in recognition of their lives.

Mr Cormack then spoke about Jim Purvis, who had to retire following a serious injury.

Jim started his career at Blyth as a junior before moving on to Percy Main, then to Tynemouth.

He then had a stint in the Yorkshire league before returning to Whitley Bay and then back to Blyth, where his vast experience was an asset to the club.

Jim had a long county career for Northumberland.

His claim to fame was getting Graham Gooch out at Jesmond.

The dinner saw the presentation of the annual awards.

The first XI batting award for last season went to Mark Lawrence, who scored his first century at Kirkley.

Lawrence also won the league batting award for the season.

The bowling award went to slow left arm spinner Surgit Singh.

The Graham Smith Award for the fastest 50 in the first team went to Mark Lawrence, who scored 50 from 78 balls.

A mention also went to Andy Kemp who joined the club last season, and in only his second game he scored a century at Plessey Road against Ulgham.

This coming season, local companies will sponsor both sides.

The first XI will be sponsored by Martin Trinder, from Checkers Pizzas, Cowpen. The second XI will have Homes For Northumberland as their sponsors.

The club are grateful for their support.