Cricket Lovers’ anniversary cash plans

BELEAGUERED Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society has launched its diamond anniversary winter programme.

The cash-strapped society that spawned such greats as Arnie Sidebottom, Graham Stevenson, Martyn Moxon and Darren Gough, will continue its traditions with guest speaker Michael Parkinson at its Christmas Lunch.

But fears have grown for the club’s future and youth training, after its appeal for funds, made after an extraordinary general meeting on May 10, failed to yield much response.

Secretary Mick Pope revealed that “very little has happened since the EGM publicity” but that the society will “march on” with its special anniversary programme of speakers.

The society was left in a desperate situation after £14,000 disappeared in 2006.

The cash has never been traced. Committee members chipped in initially to keep the club afloat, but few donations have followed leading to the current position.

A decision was taken to continue with the 60 year celebrations, and a further Diamond Appeal flyer went out with the club magazine.

Patrons of the cricket lovers’ include former Test umpire and society president Harold ‘Dickie’ Bird, Geoff Boycott, Sir Laurence Byford and Lord Rix, along with Barnsley-born Sir Michael Parkinson, who will address the December 4 lunch.

Mr Pope said: “The flyer was sent in the hope that members and cricket lovers might feel able to provide further support regarding our long-term survival”.

A society AGM takes place this month, when members will be updated fully on teh society’s latest position..