MEMBERS of Inkberrow Cricket Club have celebrated a hat-trick with a difference – three generations of one family turning out in the same team.
Grandfather Alan Bishop, 73, joined his son-in-law Phil Scrafton and 13-year-old grandson Harry Scrafton for the match against Henley-in-Arden in Cotswold Hills League Division Four.
Phil is the Inkberrow club captain while his son Harry, an Alcester Grammar School pupil, is a promising bowler.
Henley-in-Arden set visitors Inkberrow a target of 264 to win but they fell 15 runs short, with Phil making 58 while Alan was last man out. It was Alan’s first game of the summer, but he did turn out twice for an Australian club side during the winter while visiting his son, also called Phil, in Sydney.
He is far more often seen on the bowling green at Inkberrow and confessed: “I do prefer the speed of the bowls to that of the cricket ball these days!”
This year is a memorable one for Inkberrow Cricket Club as the new pavilion, which they will share with the village football club, is nearing completion.
Funds for the building – a joint venture with the football club – were raised in the local community with the help of patrons and generous contributions from local businesses.
Members of the cricket and football clubs have been involved in all design and construction work.
Inkberrow CC are hoping to field two sides next year and are looking for new members. Anyone wishing to find out more should contact club captain Phil on 07966 536642.