SIR MICHAEL Parkingson, Dickie Bird and Geoffrey Boycott were today due to team up again to help their old South Yorkshire cricket club celebrate 150-years not out, writes Graham Walker.
Barnsley Cricket Club has produced some of the game’s great names, including Darren Gough, Arnie Sidebottom, Graham Stevenson, Martyn Moxon and Steve Oldham - who is now back at the club coaching youngsters for free,
The list goes on, including Mark Beardshall, Peter Heseltine, Alex Morris, Azeem Rafiq and Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
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Most notably, the Shaw Lane ground is where it all began for Boycott, now aged 71, Bird, 79, and TV chat show king Sir Michael, or Parky as he is affectionately known, 77.
The three played cricket there together back in the day.
All three were due to make an all too rare return for a festival day of cricket, including a Barnsley Greats v Yorkshire Greats last man standing match, today, Sunday, June 24.
Coronation Street and Emmerdale stars, including William Roach, Matthew Wolfenden and Mikey North, were also expected to take part in two fun matches earlier in the day, starting at 10.15am.
“I’ve an idea that Sir Michael Parkinson and Dickie Bird might even be going out to bat, with Geoff Boycott at number three,’’ said Club President Trelford Millls, a former Football League referee, who captained Barnsley CC’s first team in the 1970s.
“To be honest, it wasn’t difficult to get then back together again. They responded absolutely magnificently to attend the cricket and a dinner in the evening.”
Day tickets are £5 adults, £1 children and £2 for car parking. Gala Celebration Meal tickets are now sold out. For more visit visit www.barnsleycc.co.uk.