Christmas Day cricket
Walking up Preston Drove on a snowy Christmas morning (global warming wouldn’t be invented for another 50 years or more!) strange sounds rent the air. Surely that was a “Howzat?” and wasn’t it the sound of ball on bat even if infrequent and rather muffled?
Yes it was! Turning the corner into the Preston Park cricket ground all was revealed. The Christmas Day cricket stalwarts were true to their promise that they would play whatever the weather!
The instigator of this long-running annual Yuletide fixture was one NOEL Bennett, so called of course, because he was born on Christmas Day. He was a well known local club cricketer and had no difficulty in finding players for the then unique event. As good a way as any of working up a good appetite for Christmas lunch!