Three generations of cricketers graced the field together for Cleator Cricket Club recently – believed to be almost unique in the sport.

Cleator president Alan Wishart donned his whites for the club’s 2nd XI when they took on Egremont 2nd XI at Gillfoot Park on September 9.

And alongside him in the team were son Steven and grandson Ben, making it a family affair to remember.

Alan Wishart is a name synonymous with Cleator CC, having just finished his 43rd season playing for them – and his 61st in the game as a whole.

Now 72, he captained Cleator’s first-team for 25 years and then a further 18 as skipper of the seconds. And he also played minor counties cricket for Cumberland in the 1960s and early 70s.

Alan passed his love of the game down the generations and son Steven also became involved, spending 15 years as the opening bat for the first-team.

He also played for Cumberland at a junior level and is now the club treasurer and coaches in the youth ranks.

But the 45-year-old came out of retirement to play alongside his father in the recent game, and also in the scorebook went the name of his son Ben, 12, making his open age debut.

Ben has just finished a successful Under-13 season for Cleator and has played for Cumbria Under-12s.

Cleator won the toss and batted first with Steven making 25 before being caught out, while Ben was not out for one as Cleator made 145.

It was then Alan’s turn with the ball, taking a wicket from his eight overs for 22 runs.

However, it was not enough as Egremont got over the line to win.