Memorial fixture is fitting tribute to former players

Tom Byers and George Parks Memorial Trophy 2013: Warkworth XI v Amble and Percy Select XI.
Tom Byers and George Parks Memorial Trophy 2013: Warkworth XI v Amble and Percy Select XI.
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A memorial cricket match, played in honour of two former players, was staged at Warkworth on Sunday.

The Tom Byers and George Parks Memorial Trophy 2013 was contested in good spirit and helped raise more than £400 for the palliative care ward at Wansbeck General Hospital.

The commemorative fixture was played between a Warkworth CC XI and an Amble and Percy Select team.

An enjoyable day’s cricket was had. Amble and Percy ran out victors, taking the honours by seven wickets.

Warkworth were all out for 96, while the winners posted 99-3.

The game was played in memory of Tom and George, who played together at Amble Cricket Club.

Tom passed away in 2009, aged 47.

He was a bowler and also had a short spell at Warkworth CC.

George died last September, aged 71.

Like Tom, he was a bowler and the pair occasionally opened the bowling at Amble.

He played for Red Row as a youngster and also had a stint at Percy CC.

Members of both families attended on Sunday, including George’s widow, Dorothy, and grandsons, Sam and Toby.

George’s son, Graham Parks, was the skipper for the winning Amble and Percy side. He accepted the trophy from George’s brother, John.

Amble and Percy player, Temple Carruthers, accepted the man-of-the-match award, mostly for his batting, from Tom’s sister, Christine Shanks.

The fixture has become an annual game. It was originally played for Tom, but this was the first year for George, following his passing in 2012.

The match was held in conjunction with Warkworth Cricket Club’s beer festival, which took place over the bank holiday weekend.