I am organising a photoshoot for all past and present players and officials of Caunton Cricket Club.

The photograph, to be printed and framed and hung as memorabilia in the village pub, will be taken during the tea interval at Caunton’s home game on June 16.

Sadly, local cricket appears less popular than it was 40 years ago when Newark Cricket Club was one of the strongest club sides in the county and Ransome & Marles’ Elm Avenue ground used to host first class matches.

It was during this period that Collingham Cricket Club reached the final of the national village knockout tournament, held at Lord’s, and nearly every village in the Newark area had a team.

In Caunton, through a dedicated team of workers, the cricket team still plays a part in the recreational part of village life, despite many similar small clubs folding.

As an ex-player of yesteryear I remember the Newark area producing many fine players and it was always interesting to read the Advertiser’s weekly reports and acknowledge their involvement in local cricket  by sponsoring the Advertiser  Charity Cup.

I am attempting to locate any old players connected with Caunton Cricket Club to invite them down to join the photograph.

Ex players I am trying to contact include Trevor Black, Len Pegg, the Miller and Rose brothers, Dave Bracegirdle, Geoff Whitaker, Jim Todd, Malcolm ‘Taffy’ Jones, and Nev Walker, along with others I may have unfortunately forgotten. — Clive Linley, Wolsey Close, Southwell.