Richard’s a Greenfield lifer

RICHARD Hepworth has been made an honorary life member at Greenfield in recognition of his service to the cricket club.

It was bestowed on the 51-year-old lawyer as the club’s recent annual meeting.

Honorary life member: Richard Hepworth

“It is quite an honour, especially as there has only been a couple of dozen in the club’s history,” he said.

In a post on the club’s Facebook page said it was for “his hard work and commitment over the last eight years on the committee”.

It also referred to his help steering the club through a turbulent time for local cricket as since 2015 the club had played in the Saddleworth League, Pennine League, both no longer in existence, and are today in the Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL).

Richard recently stepped down as director of cricket and he was club chairman until two years ago.

He added that, though no longer on the committee, he will be actively involved in life at Ladd Hill Lane where he continues to run the Tenner Club which was formed to raise money to fund the new changing rooms and which will run for five years.

The reason Richard has stepped down from his positions is because of his involvement with the GMCL – he is a board member.

Richard is enjoying being involved in the running of the GMCL which was launched in 2016.

He said: “It has grown rapidly and now there are 120 teams playing on Saturday and 70 on a Sunday.

“There has been a lot of changes in recent years, but the GMCL has been good for Greenfield.

“Being a member of such a large league provides a more secure structure to a league with only one division.

“The GMCL clubs to find competition for their level and the cricket is definitely more competitive.”

The GMCL has undergone a reorganisation for the 2020 season with the top four divisions now on a linear format.

Five new clubs have also been admitted for 2020 – Mottram, Hadfield St Andrews, Milnrow, Bradshaw and Daisy Hill.

Richard, whose son Joe is a current first-team player at Greenfield, has been associated with Greenfield since 1985 when he began in the juniors. He still occasionally turns out for the thirds.

Greenfield also praised Richard’s wife Cath for the support she has given the club over many years explaining that volunteers like her are “invaluable”.

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