Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hope Public Aren't Stumped in Search; MEMENTOS OF BOWLING MASTERCLASS ARE THERE TO BE CLAIMED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hope Public Aren't Stumped in Search; MEMENTOS OF BOWLING MASTERCLASS ARE THERE TO BE CLAIMED

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Byline: KATHRYN RIDDELL Reporter kathryn.riddell@trinitymirror.com

CRICKETERS are hoping to find the relatives of a record-breaking bowler and reunite them with his match mementos.

A century on from Harry McAndrew's sporting feats at South Shields, current Durham county batsman Gordon Muchall is among those hoping the cricket balls used by Harry in two legendary games can be reclaimed by his family.

McAndrew used the balls to claim amazing figures in two games in the 1910s - including all 10 wickets for South Shields in 1916.

He single-handedly bowled out Backworth Percy that September and claimed six wickets for two runs when opponents Philadelphia scored what is believed to be a league record low of just 11 in 1912.

Both balls were later presented to him by delighted club officials - bound partly in an inch-wide ring of silver and inscribed with his achievements.

They were mounted and displayed for years behind the club's bar and then stored safely out of sight, forgotten but rediscovered this season and their story brought back to life.

Gordon, 33, who started his career at South Shields and plays for the club when not on Durham duty, said he hoped McAndrew's family could be found and presented with the prized trophies for future safekeeping.

He said: "In cricketing terms, Harry's achievements on those days were incredible and were quite rightly acknowledged by the club at the time.

"That is why it is important that any of his living relatives should have the opportunity to have what I believe would be prized family possessions."

South Shields' first-team captain Chris Rainbow, 25, added: "Each season we play on the same field as Harry once did and aspire to give the type of performances that these balls recognise.

"On two days in his life, he was exceptional, writing for himself a real and lasting chapter in our club's history. …

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