A grass-roots cricket stalwart has been honoured for years of dedication and commitment to his club, which is celebrating a birthday milestone this year.
Long-serving Ted Sisterson has been given honorary vice-presidency at Alnwick Cricket Club, as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations.
And he was bowled over by the gesture.
“It came completely out of the blue but it was a pleasant surprise,” said the 79-year-old, who has given more than 50 years of service to the club.
It is a fitting tribute to Ted, who started at Alnwick as a junior in about 1947 and has held roles such as treasurer and secretary during his long-standing stint at the club, of which he is so pleased to be a part.
“The club is one of the oldest in the country with a continuous proven history and I am proud to be associated with it,” he said.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the club has unveiled a new state-of-the-art scorebox, which has been named after another club stalwart, Bobby Dodds.
But sadly, the cricketers haven’t had much chance to see it in action, as the weather continues to hinder the 2012 season.
In what has been a rain-affected campaign, both Alnwick firsts and seconds have seen limited time at the crease.
And as the unseasonable conditions continue to play havoc with the fixture lists, both sides once again saw their matches in the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League called off last Saturday.
The firsts’ home clash with Newcastle City firsts was cancelled, despite a valiant effort by Alnwick’s groundstaff, while the seconds’ away day at Leadgate twos also met the same fate.
Both teams are set to play this Saturday (see below) if it stays dry. Here’s to hoping!