A silver cricket cup which was mysteriously found in a hospital store cupboard is to be played for this weekend for the first time in 75 years.
Teams will compete for the ‘Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup’ on Sunday 17 August in a charity competition organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland Cricket Board.
The gates to the event, which is to be hosted by Blyth Cricket Club, will be open from 10.30am with the first match at 11am. The trophy is expected to be presented to the winning team at 2.45pm.
The cup was discovered last year at Blyth Community Hospital and is in memory of Thomas Knight, a self-made Blyth businessman and ship owner who died in 1878.
Three teams – Blyth, Boumarsund and New Hartley – will compete on the day for the trophy which dates back to the 1920s and was last played for in 1939.
Brenda Longstaff, charity and volunteer senior lead officer at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It was a total surprise when the cup was found and we’re delighted that a competition for the cup has been resurrected after all these years.
“It is particularly poignant to have the cup re-launched during 2014, 100 years since the beginning of the Great War, as the original competition was suspended at the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
“It is also fitting that three teams who competed for the trophy in years gone by are taking part on Sunday and we look forward to some good matches.
“We’d like to thank everyone who came forward with information about the cup.”
Ian Wardle, director of cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board, said: “Sunday’s event promises to be a wonderful addition to the cricket calendar and a great family day out.
“We’re pleased to be working with Northumbria Healthcare to enable teams to compete for the trophy once again and raise the profile of cricket in the county.”
The competition is supported by Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.
Representatives from the trust will be on hand on Sunday and people will be able to find out more about the work of the charity and volunteering opportunities.