Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Earl Stonham: Loyal village cricket fan celebrates her 98th birthday with the team she has followed since the 1950s

12:30 03 September 2014

Keeping score: Mary Penistan with 98th birthday greetings from members of the Earl Stonham Cricket Club team playing their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday

Keeping score: Mary Penistan with 98th birthday greetings from members of the Earl Stonham Cricket Club team playing their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday

Archant

It’s 98 not out for cricket fan Mary.

shares
Keeping score: Mary Penistan with 98th birthday greetings from members of the Earl Stonham Cricket Club team playing their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on SaturdayKeeping score: Mary Penistan with 98th birthday greetings from members of the Earl Stonham Cricket Club team playing their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday

For decades and decades Mary Penistan has loyally supported Earl Stonham Cricket Club, near Stowmarket.

From 1954 right up to today she has been keeping score, sometimes in an official capacity, sometimes just for fun.

And on Saturday the team, which she is a vice-president of, marked her 98th birthday.

Her daughter, Frankie Wicks, 67, from the village, said: “She has been a cricket fan all her life, she grew up near Halesworth in Rumburgh and her father was a keen cricketer. She was an only child but could not play cricket because she was a girl but she kept score. She still really enjoys village cricket, with the local personalities, rather than test cricket.

Birthday girl: Mary Penistan keeping score with daughter Frankie Wicks as Earl Stonham Cricket Club team play their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on SaturdayBirthday girl: Mary Penistan keeping score with daughter Frankie Wicks as Earl Stonham Cricket Club team play their last home game of the season against Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday

“It’s a very friendly family club, it has a nice atmosphere. The chairman and president’s match is held once a year and she always goes to that.”

The family has a strong connection with the club with three generations playing for them. Mary’s late husband Dick, Mrs Wicks’ husband, David, 67 and grandsons Ben and James have all played for the club over the years.

Now as Mary nears her centenary year she watches matches from the comfort and warmth of a car. During the Second World War she worked as a nurse and then as a farmer’s wife when she and her Dick moved to Earl Stonham in the 1940s.

Mrs Wicks added: “She just loves cricket and local cricket, she’s not interested in football or other sports but she does like tennis. Village cricket has always been part of her life.”

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Air Training Cadets corps parading through Felixstowe to mark 75th anniversary of the movement

A number of air training cadets paraded through two Suffolk towns today to mark 75 years of the movement.

Artist's impression of The Wonderhouse in Colchester

A heritage centre project expected to showcase artefacts from the history of Britain’s oldest recorded town will not be going ahead as planned after representatives decided not to pursue further funding to complete the concept.

Town fans at QPR's Loftus Road ground on Saturday

There was late heartbreak for Ipswich Town’s 3,000 travelling fans as the Blues went down 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers.

Swans - outrage as swans killed in Sudbury Meadows

Police are investigating after a swan was allegedly killed and its body dumped in a hedge on the Sudbury meadows.

Major-General Townshend, Khalil Pasha and other unidentified officers after the surrender of the Kut garrison in 1916

The siege of Kut-al-Amarah... It hasn’t been looking good for the allied soldiers. Can they turn the tables? Mike Peters Galloway’s resident military historian, discovers what happened next in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) 100 years ago

Bev Lambert, left, of the Over The Rainbow charity with the Moore familiy - Sarah and Kevin Moore with children Curtis (15), Ellie (12), Bethany (7) and Rhys (4).

An appeal to help a Suffolk family coping with a severely autistic child who is unable to sleep through the night has reached its target – after an anonymous donation for the full amount.

Charity evening on the ice at Winter Wondeland in Colchester

Suppliers, small businesses and individuals have “little chance” of getting any of the quarter of a million pounds they are owed from the collapse of Colchester’s outdoor ice rink.

Freston Tower

Dendrochronology is the scientific art of dating timber by comparing the patterns in the end grain of a sample from the building in question with the known growth of typical trees at the time, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Tracy Root with Ruff and Tumble... or Tumble and Ruff. 'I definitely love cats as much as dogs, but I think dogs give you more back than a cat'

The BBC has set the cat among the pigeons with the launch of a short series with a provocative title – Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?

QD Stores logo

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a disturbance at an Ipswich branch of QD.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24