Tyne & Wear

Northumberland cricket cup found in hospital cupboard

Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup
Image caption The trust did not know the hospital took part in the challenge

A cricket cup which is more than 80 years old has been mysteriously found at a Northumberland hospital.

The silver cup, in memory of a Blyth businessman and ship owner Thomas Knight, was found in a store cupboard at Blyth Community Hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for people to come forward with information about the history of the cup.

Matron Lynne Greig said it was a "complete surprise" it was found.

The Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup was competed for between 1926 and 1939 with winners including Ashington, Bedlington and Seaton Burn.

Ms Greig said the hospital had "no idea" it was involved in the cricket competition.

To celebrate the discovery of the cup, the trust is working with Northumberland Cricket Board to hold a charity cricket competition next year between local clubs.

Ian Wardle, director of cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board, said: "Cricket has a long history in the county and it is fascinating that this cup has been unearthed after so long.

"It would be great to find out more about the cup to help us plan for the competition next year."

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