Lancashire Cricket Club have celebrated the turn of the year by sending former player Ken Standring a hamper.

The 88-year-old, who played for Farnworth and Bradshaw locally after his county career, is Lancashire’s longest-living former player.

And the club marked that with a delivery of a cheese and wine hamper to ring in 2024.

Born in Clitheroe on February 17, 1935, Standring played for Lancashire between 1954 and 1962, appearing in 13 matches and opening the bowling with club legend Brian Statham. His first wicket for the Red Rose was Len Hutton.

As well as Farnworth and Bradshaw, he went on to play local cricket for Bingley and Ribblesdale Wanderers, while his job as a local government officer took him to Southport in 1974.

He joined Southport CC, playing in the Championship-winning sides of 1975 and 1979 and was later given honorary life membership for his services to the club as chairman and president.

Standring finished playing relatively early and turned his attention to coaching and administration, becoming assistant secretary to the Lancashire Cricket Board.

He was honoured by Lancashire Cricket and made a vice-president for his work with the Lancashire Federation and promoting the game of cricket in the county.

Standring attended Lancashire’s game at Southport and Birkdale CC last summer in the County Championship.