Former England cricketer to speak at sportsman’s evening

Former England cricketer Geoff Cooke will be speaking at Richmondshire Cricket Club’s sportsman’s evening on Saturday.

Born in Middlesbrough, Geoff first played for Northamptonshire where he was part of a second wicket partnership of 344, which remains a Northamptonshire record.

Cook played seven tests and six one day internationals.

He later moved to Durham, when they gained first-class status, becoming their first county captain.

After running the county’s youth academy, he was appointed first team coach in March 2007 and under Cook’s guidance, Durham won their first major title in the club’s history at Lord’s in 2007, and went on to win the County Championship for the first time in 2008, and again in 2009.

In June 2013 Cook suffered a heart attack but completed the season and won the County Championship for a third time with Durham in 2013. After being replaced full-time as first team coach by Jon Lewis he has switched to a youth development role.

The evening which will also include a Sports Quiz and a pie, peas and chips supper will cost £15 a head.

For further details and tickets please ring 01748 824573 or email