Mossley Cricket Club continued its commitment to the wider cricket community as the ground was transported back many decades for a Family Day. Members' friends and families were invited to put their mobile phones down and try their hand at some historic games.
Rather than stare at LCD screens, players of all ages were able to challenge each other to traditional games including Shove Ha'penny, Devil Amongst the Tailors, Sjoelbak, Shut the Box and Mölkky. As solitary surfing gave way to old fashioned conversation, the gathered throng were able to reminisce about years past or ask their grandad what life was like when the games were found in pubs up and down the land.
Carl "It's just caramelised!" Nancollas kept the competitors refuelled with a selection of delights from his barbecue until most present joined in a spontaneous game of cricket. Neither age nor gender was a barrier to participation. The game's outstanding batting saw Ray Lowe roll back the years to support the classy batting of Aubrey Birtles as they took on all bowlers in a partnership featuring a seventy-year difference in experience. The latter was subsequently presented with the "Man of the Match" award.
At the start of the afternoon's proceedings the Lowe family were invited to officially declare the refurbished clubhouse open with the dedication of "Lowbo's Lounge", named in tribute to the late Chris Lowe. Chairman Steve thanked the many members of Chris's family for their support of the club and presented them with a case of commemorative "Lowbo's Legacy" ale which had been produced for the event by Congleton's own Front Row Brewing.
Families are invited to visit the club any Friday from 5.30pm to make friends or join in at junior training sessions with the club's professional coaching team.