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90-year-old Hubert Dickens

90-year-old Hubert Dickens

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After spending more than 66 years on the cricket pitch a 90-year-old is retiring from the game.

Hubert Dickens, of Higham Ferrers, was one of the founding members of the Rushden Wanderers team in 1947.

He and his friend started the team after returning from the war.

Following two decades of playing, Mr Dickens continued his affiliation with the team by umpiring matches.

After many thousands of hours spent on the green, he officiated over proceedings for the final time on Sunday, August 18.

A celebration attended by many of his family and friends was held on the day at the club in Shortstocks, Rushden, to mark the occasion.

Mr Dickens said: “I was a player for about 20 years. Once I packed up playing I began umpiring.

“It’s been very enjoyable. You make a lot of friends.

“I am proud to have been involved for so long.

“It is quite emotional to have finished, but I will still come to watch.”

Mr Dickens’ grandsons followed in his footsteps by playing for the team.

Grandson Richard Lord, 40, from Raunds, a former team captain, said: “It is quite rare; you do get a few older umpires, but not 90-year-olds. We are very proud of him to have got to this age and still be involved.

“There’s still plenty of life in him.”

Mr Dickens has no intention of taking things easy after his retirement from cricket. He is a keen bowls player and coach and he intends to continue playing.