A cricket club is celebrating 150 years ‘not out’ by reflecting on its glorious past.
Vintage iron gates have been installed at the Rishton Cricket Club ground featuring the club’s logo to mark the anniversary and staff have created poster boards showing memorable moments, players and events in the club’s history.
Over the decades some of the world’s greatest players have played at the club including the great Sir Viv Richards and fearsome fast bowlers Allan Donald and Michael Holding.
The club was formed in 1865 but their first recorded game was on February 2, 1848 between Mr Warder’s XI, who made 102, and Mrs Heavyside’s team, who made 96, and was played on a frozen Rishton reservoir.
Since then the club has won the Lancashire League eight times, the Worsley Cup six times and were also the Inter League winners in 2001 and the 20/20 winners in 2006.
Darryn Lambert, senior selection coordinator, said they are ‘very proud of their 150-year history’ and wanted a ‘permanent reminder’ of the achievement.
He said: “It was suggested that the dilapidated front gates should be replaced and fundraising was started to raise the £2,500 it would cost to replace them.
“The fundraising was not needed as local business, Rishton Waste Paper very kindly offered to foot the bill and very generously handed over a cheque to cover the entire cost of replacing the gates. The club cannot thank Bill, Andy and Billy Braysford of Rishton Waste Paper enough for their generosity.”
Darryn also created the poster boards using old photographers, postcards and newspaper cuttings.
He said: “Like many Lancashire League clubs have a rich history, but past records and photos get lost or forgotten about. At Rishton we have brought our history back to life, in a series of boards situated around the ground.
“Older club members have been a fountain of information and have revelled in recalling past events, some have brought in old photographs and have been a great help in remembering the names of all their team mates, many are sadly no longer with us. They have enjoyed telling the younger generation of their cricketing exploits and have hopefully encouraged them to make history themselves.” More events will be held at the club later this year.