Charity cricket matches to remember South Tyneside sportsman and teacher

Former teacher Bill Parker who died earlier this year aged 68.
Former teacher Bill Parker who died earlier this year aged 68.

A charity cricket day takes place this Bank Holiday to remember a South Tyneside sporting stalwart.

The event at South Shields Cricket Club will remember Bill Parker, one of the greatest run scorers in the club’s history and also to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Former teacher Bill Parker who died earlier this year aged 68.

Former teacher Bill Parker who died earlier this year aged 68.

Bill, a former teacher in South Shields and latterly at Bow School in Durham. died in February aged 68 having suffered from Alzheimer’s for the past five years.

He was also a popular cricketer, rugby player and coach and mountaineer.

Bill represented Durham County at cricket and captained the Durham Senior League XI.

During his coaching career, Bill helped develop South Tyneside School Boys Rugby, nurturing the talents of many a player.

He also helped to bring on the talents of cricketers at South Shields Cricket Club and was a prolific batsman during his time at Wood Terrace, playing in the former Durham Senior League.

Bill first met his wife Alison at Westoe Rugby and Cricket Club in 1980 when Bill, then 32, asked Alison, then 28, to a cricket dinner.

The couple married in August 1983, with twins Richard and Elizabeth born in 1985.

Tragically Elizabeth died three days later while Richard was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy.

In 1988, son David arrived, completing their family.

Two games are planned at Sunday’s event.

A team made up of past players from South Shields and Boldon will take on a Durham over 50s/60s team firstly.

This will be followed by South Shields playing Boldon for the WBP Parker Memorial Trophy.

Both games are 20/20 format and festivities continue afterwards with food and entertainment.

Both teams will have their Durham County players Gordon Muchall (South Shields) and Calum Macleod (Boldon) playing.

Additionally, Sura Malinga will guest for Boldon, having been professional in their league-winning side of 2010.

Everyone is welcome to attend with the first game at 1pm.