70 years strong cricketer from Temple Guiting celebrates 12 runs on weekend match at Aldsworth Cricket Club against Winchcombe
A CRICKETER celebrated 70 years of playing his favourite sport with friends, family and teammates last Sunday.
Bert Saddler, from Temple Guiting, captained a cricket match last Sunday, August 25 and said he had a wonderful time surrounded by teammates, ex-teammates, friends and family.
The 83-year-old has been playing cricket since he was 13 and has no plans to give up the sport he plays every Sunday at Aldsworth Cricket Club.
"Everyone had a lovely time on the day I think," he said. "The spread afterwards was good too. I had such a great time after the game, with all the food and drink, that I can't quite remember the score!"
Aldsworth played a friendly game against Winchcombe, Bert's former club and lost by a mere single point with the finishing score being 196-197.
Bert himself scored 12 runs and chairman of Aldsworth Cricket Club Nigel Crewe said he did extremely well as captain. "One of Bert's runs was a four, which he put a lot of energy into. It was a great day for everyone and we, as a club, really enjoyed it.
"It was the first time we've done anything like this for an individual player. Bert did the team proud." Bert's wife, Sally and her friends organised a colossal buffet enjoyed by almost 70 people. His grand-daughter Sarah also helped prepare the food but was more keen to play cricket with her grandfather and went out to field with him during the game.
One spectator of the game included Bert's old cricket friend who he had played with almost 60 years ago.
After the match Aldsworth Cricket Club presented the determined elderly sportsman with an engraved silver tray and an Aldsworth cricket shirt. His former club, Winchcombe, also gave him an engraved decanter and a cap.
Bert and his family retired to The Sherbourne Arms as the day came to a close and Bert said he hopes to report back in 10 years time to celebrate 80 years of playing cricket.
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