End of a long innings for Neil

One of the great characters of local cricket has decided to call it a day.

Neil Harrison has stepped down from his role at Skelton Castle Cricket Club after a remarkable 56 years’ service.

For many years, Harrison ran the Castle Cup which was an inter-league competition involving teams such as Castleton, Sleights, Staithes, Goathland and Hinderwell.

The idea was to bring teams together who may not normally meet in normal competitions.

It is believed the competition ran for more than 20 years on Sundays and the final was attended by Lady Wharton of Skelton Castle.

Since 1955, as well as player, Harrison has at times acted as groundsman, treasurer and secretary as well as being an active committee member of both the Cleveland and Langbaurgh leagues. He has also organised cricket tours around the country.

Chris Twiby, of Skelton Castle CC, said: “His administration skills, as well as his umpiring skills, will be greatly missed.”