A rare event occurred in cricket history when Helen Smith, mother of Luke has featured in her son’s team when one of the players in the team did not turn up.
It is a common thing that fathers often play with sons in senior cricket as they take pride playing alongside their kids in the same team, but this incident is very rare as it is a combination of mother and son playing.
Helen, 47 dropped her son Luke as he is about to play in the third team of Leigh Cricket club against Highfield in the Liverpool and district Cricket Premier Division. When they found out one of the players were missing, Luke asked his mother if she could help them in the match.
Helen then went to her nearby home and got her kit and played alongside her son Luke. Helen’s father used to play for Highfield which helped her task of getting kit easy as the home was nearby the ground.
Helen Smith has started playing cricket two years ago in an attempt to help her son develop into a proper cricketer. She said, “It was meant to be. I was supposed to be playing for the women’s team on the day of Luke’s game but I had to sacrifice that as his dad Neil was umpiring for the second team so I had to take Luke. It turned out that they were a player short so Luke and his captain asked me to play. I never thought I would end up playing alongside my son in a proper game but a chain of events led to it happening.”
“I have never heard of a mother and son playing together in a competitive game before and it seems that no-one else has either. It was really good to play with Luke and a very proud day for me. I will always remember it. I was actually very emotional on the pitch thinking of my dad. He would have been so proud to see us playing together. It’s just a shame he couldn’t be there to watch.”
Tom McKiernan, club’s coach said, “I have been involved in cricket for 40 years and I have never heard of a mother and son combination. Many fathers have taken great pride and pleasure in playing a competitive senior game on the same side as their son but not a mother.”
Geoff Higham, opposition’s player said, “Helen had a great debut in very hot conditions. I am sure there will be no problem selecting her again.”
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