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Peter Greenwood: Lancashire's longest living cricketer

Peter Greenwood: Lancashire's longest living cricketer

Aged 96, Peter Greenwood is Lancashire Cricket's oldest living former player

In all the gloom and difficulties we are all experiencing at the moment, it is good to celebrate some positive news.

Former Lancashire cricketer, Peter Greenwood, is the Club's longest-ever living cricketer. At 96 years old he is still going strong.

Peter was born in Todmorden on September 11 1924 and first played for Lancashire in 1949 as an all-rounder taking 75 wickets that season at an average of 25.69, which earned him his county cap.

He is the last living player to have played in the side that shared the County Championship in 1950 and he also won the Minor Counties Championship in 1949 .

Peter played 75 matches for Lancashire between 1949-1951 with one century; 113 v Kent at Old Trafford. His best bowling was 6-35 against Northants in 1949 and 6-68 in the 1948 Roses Match, both at Old Trafford.

Later he played League cricket for Bradshaw, West Bromwich Dartmouth, Todmorden and Kendall.

He was also a hard-working centre forward who played professional football at the same time for Chester and Burnley. He travelled to matches on the bus and pocketed £5 per week, when he signed for Burnley after leaving the Navy in 1946. Chester signed him from Burnley's reserves and he was a regular for the Sealand Road side between 1948-52.

Peter scored the second goal as the Cheshire side went 2-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the 1952 FA Cup 3rd round. A shock was on the cards but Chelsea pulled two goals back to take the teams to a replay where Chester lost out 3-2 in a spirited contest.

Peter attends many Former Player Functions at Emirates Old Trafford, always talking about his beloved Chester City, and we hope he will be the Club's special guest at the next one this summer.

We wish him well today from all at Lancashire Cricket Club.

Compiled by Rev Malcolm Lorimer & Ken Grime

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