Wood­ward cel­e­brates his 50

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES - By James Lewis

LIFT­ING the league ti­tle and be­ing your club’s lead­ing wicket-taker was the per­fect way for Martin Wood­ward to bring up his 50th sea­son at Droitwich Spa.

Wood­ward joined the Worces­ter­shire-based club in 1967 and still holds the record for the high­est num­ber of runs scored in a sin­gle sea­son, 1,450, which he amassed in 1976.

His 50th cam­paign was also a fine one as he helped steer the sec­ond XI to the Worces­ter­shire League Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle, tak­ing 46 wick­ets in the process.

He said: “I’ve had some great times for Droitwich in­clud­ing win­ning the league this sea­son and in Jane I’m for­tu­nate to have had a very un­der­stand­ing wife for the past 46 years.”

Karl God­dard, Droitwich sec­ond XI cap­tain, or­gan­ised a trib­ute night in recog­ni­tion of the club’s stal­wart which was at­tended by play­ers past and present to cel­e­brate Wood­ward’s longevity.

“Woody is a real char­ac­ter both on and off the pitch as all of his team­mates and prob­a­bly a few of his op­po­nents over the years will tes­tify,” God­dard said.

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