Kevin’s bowled over by his president role

Scarborough CC President Kevin Grace..'113143. Pic Kevin Allen.'04/08/11.
Scarborough CC President Kevin Grace..'113143. Pic Kevin Allen.'04/08/11.

SCARBOROUGH’S 125th Cricket Festival has left thousands of fans bowled over – but the event has also been a big hit for one man.

Kevin Grace, president of Scarborough Cricket Club, has double reason for cheer after retaining the post for a second successive year.

Mr Grace, who oversaw the ground’s redevelopment during the winter, said he was thrilled to remain in his posi been the most enjoyable year and we have made great progress at the club which I am now looking forward to extending further.

“There is a great team here at Scarborough Cricket Club who work very hard and it has been a pleasure to be alongside them.”

Mr Grace also lauded praise upon this year’s festival showpiece between Yorkshire and Sussex.

He added: “The festival has been magnificent, we have had great crowds, exciting cricket with centuries from players on both teams and also had terrific weather.

“Everyone has been extremely positive about the ground and the improvements and it has simply been Scarborough at its best.”

The festival has again brought spectators from across the country to the seaside, including Ken Merchant, from Essex, who this week visited North Marine Road for the 26th consecutive time.

However, another keen fan can lay claim to his own festival appearance record, which dates back more than 40 years.

Alan Booth, of Trafalgar Square, is a real veteran of the event after becoming a life member of the club in 1968.

Mr Booth, who is Scarborough’s town crier, said: “My wife and I joined as members.

“We overlooked the ground and thought it was the very least we could do as a way of supporting the club.

“We also made our grandson a life-member too when he was just four-years-old as a birthday gift.

“I’ve seen some changes at the ground and also remember when all the international teams would come to Scarborough because they were great times.

“The improvements they have made to the ground are fantastic and everyone I’ve spoken to are praising that and the pitch which is in perfect condition.

“I also like how they let the youngsters on to the outfield during the breaks for a little hit with their bats and sponge balls.

“It keeps them interested and enjoying the game and its great to see.”

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