FORMER England Test stars are to appear in a cricket match in memory of former Warrington stalwart Frank Crawley.
Frank – a long standing member of Warrington Sports Club and father of England cricketer John Crawley – died earlier this year, aged 90.
He had three sons, John, Mark and Peter, all of who were first class cricketers. John, who had spells with Lancashire and Hampshire, played in 37 Test matches and 13 One Day Internationals, Mark who played for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire and Peter – who was primarily a golfer – who scored a century for St Andrew’s University.
All three will be playing for Warrington in the memorial match for their father against an Old Lancashire XI which will include former England stars Mike Atherton and Andre “Freddie” Flintoff and former county players Warren Hegg, Mark Chilton, Richard Green and Glenn Chapple.
The match will be at Warrington Sports Club, Walton Lea on Sunday, August 22 at 2pm and the Old Lancashire side will be managed by former Lancashire and England batsman Neil Fairbrother.
Frank Crawley, at one time a director of Warrington-based soap and chemicals giant Joseph Crosfield and Sons, was himself a fine cricketer of the old school – that is, he did not believe in hitting the ball in the air.
He gave his three sons an incentive of a penny a run when they were learning the game. But if they hit the ball in the air he deducted a penny.
On one occasion, a youthful Mark was 94 not out, playing for Warrington. He reached his century by hitting a six right out of the ground. Frank congratulated him on his century – but then deducted a penny for the six!
Admission to the match will be £5 for adults and £3 for under-16s. Wrist bands to gain admission can be ordered in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Any profits will go to Warrington Sports Club and St Monica’s RC Church, Appleton