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Cricket: Halkyn old boys return to mark 1958 title win

HALKYN Cricket Club honoured one of its favourite sons at a special event in the clubhouse on Saturday evening.

Joe Bellis, captain of the Halkyn side that carried off the inaugural Flintshire League title in 1958, recently turned 90 and to mark the occasion the club presented him with an engraved crystal.

More than 50 current and past players and friends joined in the celebration. Joe, in turn, presented engraved glassware to a number of those who had played under him including Eddie and Owen Davies, Bev Johns, Keith Affleck, Colin Barker and Francis Pierce.

Pride of place went to 95-year-old Tommy Garston, Halkyn’s star opening batsman in the ’58 side.

Special guest for the evening was former Holywell Grammar School teacher and Holywell Town FC player Cliff Westwood, who has been credited with enthusing generations of boys with a love of cricket and providing a steady supply of talent to the club.

A hot pot supper rounded off a successful night of nostalgia and fundraising for the club. Thanks were reserved for Robin Morris for organising the evening.