Blain finally gets his batting reward

Blain finally gets his batting reward

IN 1987, a year after representing New Zealand in the Tests here in England, wicket keeper Tony Blain played for Liversedge in the Central Yorkshire League. After clocking up 500 runs by the end of May he went on to win the club’s batting averages that year.

However, by the time Liversedge staged their presentation night Tony was already back home in New Zealand.

The trophy was taken by the then club chairman David Mann for safe keeping and there it remained, long since forgotten about, until being found this week at the back of a cupboard.

It was handed to the former Liversedge Cricket chairman Allan Trevitt, who subsequently contacted Gomersal’s Ralph Sumner and asked him to collect it.

Ralph duly returned with the trophy to Oxford Road, where Blain was opening the batting for the second team, and presented the veteran Kiwi with his prize ... albeit 29 years late!

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