TREVOR GREAVES received the ultimate honour at the Drakes League’s annual dinner, when he was presented with the FR Stallard Cup, awarded for long and distinguished service to his Skelmanthorpe club.
Greaves, who followed in his father’s footsteps, has been a member of the Lidgett Lane club for 65 years, coming through the junior ranks and into the senior team as a player.
Primarily a medium pace bowler when Skelmanthorpe were members of the Huddersfield Central League, he once won the Second XI League bowling prize, but later reverted to being a batsman “I’m afraid I got the yips,” admitted Greaves.
“I mainly played in the Seconds, although I did play occasionally in the first team in Cup competitions, but I was just happy to play anywhere really.”
Off the field, Greaves has been a committee member for 37 years, and in 1992 took on the role of club secretary – the same year Skelmanthorpe joined the Drakes League – following the retirement of Trevor Heeley.
“Trevor (Greaves) is a very quiet, unassuming man, who is also very astute and able to assess situations with great diplomacy,” said a Skelmanthorpe spokesperson.
“People like him are very few and far between in cricketing circles, and with a few more like Trevor, cricket should continue to flourish.
Shaun Woodhams and Chris Payne were given a tremendous reception when they were presented with the Lady Sykes Candlesticks at the Drakes League’s annual dinner.
Lascelles Hall wicketkeeper/batsman Woodhams and Slaithwaite’s former first team front-line batsman Payne, were honoured for their services to their respective clubs.