A CRICKET club is celebrating reaching 150 not out by publishing a commemorative book.
Northop Cricket Club, which was formed in 1864 by the Bankes family, is marking the milestone by releasing Northop Cricket Club 1864-2014.
The book, which will be launched on May 3, covers the entire history of cricket in the village from its humble beginnings to the present day.
Club chairman Mike Hughes said: “Reading this book will no doubt revive happy memories for lots of people, including our ex-players and those of other clubs, our faithful supporters and the older residents of the village.
“The book is the fruit of many hours of careful research. It represents not just a celebration of our first century-and-a-half, but also the platform on which we can record our future exploits.”
The 52-page publication, compiled by club members Neil and Sarah Bartlem, includes written records and a collection of team photographs stretching back to the early 1900s.
The book contains detail of the players’ greatest cricketing feats down the years, including Northop’s Ernie Bateman putting on 198 with Australia Test player Jack Fingleton in 1948, or his brother Len, Northop’s oldest ex-player at 91, taking all 10 wickets in an innings in 1950.
It also recalls the tragedy of two world wars, the constant struggle to make ends meet and the disastrous pavilion fire of 1976.
Peter Hybart, chief executive of Cricket Wales, added: “We are proud of each and every one of our 230 member clubs but those that can boast of 150 years promoting our cherished game at grassroots level are few and far between.
“Local cricket people are unanimous in telling me that Northop Cricket Club is enormously respected within North East Wales and further afield, at both junior and senior level.”
The book will be launched during a special ceremony at the club at 8.30pm on Saturday, May 3.
Current and former players, members, volunteers, administrators and well-wishers from across the generations are welcome to attend.
The £7.50 title will be available from the cricket club and Northop post office. All money made from sales will go to club funds.
The club, based at the Flint Road ground, now boasts two senior teams in the North Wales League, and a third team aimed at developing younger players into senior cricket.
It also offers junior cricket for children aged between seven and 15.