AN octagenarian opening batsman celebrated 80 not out yesterday.
Cartworth Moor's Dougie Thorpe is still turning out on Sundays, when most pensioners would be reaching for their pipe and slippers.
Pocket rocket Dougie, from Lower Town End in Holmfirth, who's just 5ft 3in tall, is the opening batsman for Cartworth Moor's second 11.
His cricketing career began in 1937 when he was just 11.
Holmbridge were a man short and young Dougie was drafted in to help.
He said: "I don't think I hit a ball. I was using a man's bat."
Despite notching up a duck his talent with the willow was spotted and he was soon turning out for the second XI.
After playing for Holmbridge he played for Holmfirth for 35 years.
He was there when the club won the league four times between 1965 and 1975.
After another stint with Holmbridge he switched to Cartworth Moor when he was a young 62 - and has stayed at the crease there ever since.
Dougie said that although he's not having a good season this year, he was still proud of his top score.
He once clocked up a whopping 123.
He added: "I think it was about 1950."
But this season is the veteran batsman's last.
Dougie said: "I live for cricket. It's great. I have met so many nice people and enjoy playing. It keeps me fit and it keeps me young.
"Although I'm giving up at the end of this season I'll still be coming to the matches.
"And if they are ever one short I'm going to keep a bag packed in the back of my car - just in case."