Barnsley CC 150 Not Out: Parkinson, Boycott and Bird reunited - VIDEO
And that was just the top table when the chat show king, batting legend and world’s greatest umpire were reunited to celebrate 150 years of Barnsley Cricket Club.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report, including cricket highlights and chats with Boycott, Bird and others.
Joining them in a fun day festival of cricket at the Shaw Lane ground were Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow, actor William Roache, Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard, played by Chris Chittell, and a host of other names from the two soaps.
They included Tony Hirst, Mikey North, Chris Bisson, Bhasker Patel and Jacob Warren-Plant.
Fans were treated to three last-man-standing games of cricket, which even saw Corrie’s 80-year-old Roache take part.
But the biggest cheer went up when Barnsley CC old timers Parky, aged 77, and Bird, 79, padded up to take a few slow deliveries - including some underarm - from ex-Sussex and Barnsley star Peter Hesletine, as Boycott, 71, watched.
Parkinson, who will be back on TV screens in the autumn with a new Sky chat show, said it brought memories flooding back when they used to play together before they became household names.
He said: “My cricket career wasn’t as long lived as Boycott and Bird, nor as successful - but it was the happiest time of my life here.
“We used to sit on the balcony of the pavilion and when the football season crept in you could hear the crowd at Oakwell.
“We used to dream of playing for Yorkshire. Dickie became the best and most loved umpire in the world. Geoffrey became one of the great Yorkshire and England openers and I got bitten by an emu!”
Dickie told The Star: “I’m honoured to be back. It was tremendous to go out to bat with Michael again. But these days I couldn’t see the ball.”
Barnsley Cricket Club has also produced names including Darren Gough, Arnie Sidebottom, Steve Oldham, Graham Stevenson, Martyn Moxon, Mark Beardshall, Alex Morris, Azeem Rafiq and Oliver Hannon-Dalby. Funds from the day will be split between Barnsley CC and Leukaemia Research.