Next year we celebrate 125 years of Netherfield Cricket Club’s existence. The first 100 years was acknowledged with a benefit game in 1993 for Damien D’Olivera & Martin Weston from Worcestershire County Cricket Club. The late Peter Hull who was a great friend of Basil D’O’Olivera had organised the whole day and provided the necessary sponsorship.
The whole of the County 1stXI squad turned up including Graeme Hick, Phil Newport, Richard Illingworth and Steven Rhodes along with the beneficiaries and Ian Botham made an appearance on his way back from a Pro-Am golf competition in South Wales.
Unfortunately, it rained hard, but despite the weather the County boys held a quiz and a Q & A session to keep everyone entertained for the afternoon. In truth they were fantastic and a great advert for their County.
Later in the season a further celebration game was held, a club team facing a team team of Professional cricketers from around the Leagues with the star attraction being Denis Lillee, the legendary Australian fast bowler.
We are now looking to celebrate the 125th and have some ideas brewing but would welcome input from any players or cricket supporters.
The first 100 years were celebrated with a book entitled “A Century under the Castle” which recounts every season of the very beginnings playing on Murley Moss in the Village Combination to the Northern League from 1959. Copies are still available from the club.
Updated 06:37 - 29 Nov 2017 by Richard Edmondson