Just a single for Wombwell cricket lovers in cash fight

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STRICKEN Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society has had just ONE response to its desperate, all-out appeal for cash... and it came from Abu Dhabi!

The society made its Diamond Anniversary plea at an Extraordinary General Meeting two weeks ago – after it was revealed that more than £14,000 of funds disappeared with the death of former treasurer David Musgrave.

Members put out a cash plea to its illustrious patrons – including former Test umpire and society president Harold “Dickie” Bird, Geoff Boycott, Michael Parkinson, Sir Laurence Byford and Lord Rix.

Parky has since confirmed that he will be guest of honour at a 60th anniversary Christmas lunch in early December.

But the only money has come from the Middle East... courtesy of a relative of former White Rose sporting great, Ellis Robinson.

The cash came from Matthew Wood, a Society member of 10 years and a relative of Denaby-born Yorkshire cricketer Mr Robinson.

The cricketer – who died in 1998 – was made an Honorary Life Member by Yorkshire, after he retired from the first-class game to resume his links with Denaby.

He was established with Yorkshire in 1937, and after serving six wartime years in the RAF, was given a Test trial in 1946.

Club chairman James Greenfield said: “Matthew Wood, who lives at Abu Dhabi, contacted our secretary Mick Pope.

“We know nothing about him except that he has been a member of the society for 10 years. He has never been to a meeting as he lived previously in London.

“He saw the publicity about our plight – it’s a sign that at least someone has noticed what we are trying to do.”

He added: “We are very pleased that Sir Michael Parkinson will speak at our celebration at Ardsley House Hotel. Reservations for that event on December 4 can be made now”.

The club, whose coaching helped spawn greats such as Darren Gough and Martyn Moxon, has only managed to keep going thanks to members, some of whom invested four figure sums to keep it afloat.

Until recently, it was not known if there would be a Diamond celebration – but it is now hoped that a Spring Dinner with a celebrity speaker will also take place.