LIFELONG cricket fan Liam Jackson was so bowled over when his son Zac arrived that he enrolled him as the youngest-ever member of Enfield Cricket Club – at just one minute old.
And in doing so he broke his own record.
For Liam himself was enrolled as a member of the club back in 1980 by his grandad Derek Naylor at the grand old age of four-and-a-half hours.
Liam, 27, who lives with his partner Natalie Mason, 24, had held the record of being the club’s youngest member ever since – until Zac’s arrival on 29 January weighing 6lbs 9ozs. It seems unlikely the new record will ever be beaten.
Liam. of Wordsworth Road, Accrington, said: "I had the idea as one of my friends from work, Alan Wilkinson, is on the committee. Once we knew he was going to arrive, I had a chat with him and he sorted out the membership card for us.
"Once Zac arrived, all I did was send him a text message and he added his name to the card. It just seemed the right thing to do."
Zac will certainly have all the encouragement he needs to become a top cricketer as he comes from a line of prominent players.
Liam spent years playing at Enfield, starting off in the under-13s before progressing to the first XI. He now plays as a semi-professional for Walkden in the Bolton League while working by day at Callender Aerospace.
Zac’s great-grandad Derek joined Enfield in the 1940s, playing in the days when the great West Indian Clyde Walcott was the team’s professional.
Liam said: "I haven’t played for Enfield since about 2003, but I still go to watch the games and I hope one day Zac may play for them. As soon as he’s old enough to stand up I will be teaching him to play.
"I would love it if he ended up being a spin bowler as they always tend to do well. Perhaps we may even play in the same team."