Kennedy’s Durham milestone

Consett’s John Kennedy rounded off his season by earning his 100th Durham cap.

John, who started his county career in 1985 and is now second on the all-time appearance list for Durham behind Tony McLure (101 caps), also picked up the County Player of the Year award, which is based on his performances in county matches and the two Durham county championships.

John said: “It’s a tremendous honour to reach my 100th cap for Durham. The occasion at Tyneside was fantastic and the county put a lot of effort into celebrating it with video messages from people like Richie Walker – who was one of my first doubles partners – the president of England Golf, Graeme Storm, and Simon Robinson. What they did was lovely and really made the event special.

“100 appearances is a great milestone, and winning the Player of the Year at the same time made it extra special. My golf is in great shape, I’ve played consistently well this season and I’ve really enjoyed playing in everything. I still can’t wait to get to the golf course every week.

“As long as my golf holds up and I’m good enough, I’ll be representing Durham for a while yet. At Tyneside we showed the full range of golfers with 16-year-old Ben Willis in the team alongside 55-year-old Stuart Brown, and I want to continue being part of that as long as I can.”

Meanwhile, South Shields’ Martin McCririck won the Durham County Order of Merit title. Martin won the Keith Shivers Bowl at Heworth and reached the semi-finals of this year’s County Matchplay Championship. He also finished fourth in the County Strokeplay Championship at Durham City, fifth at the TSU NYSD Championship at Middlesbrough, and fifth in the Leonard Crawley Medal at Brancepeth to top the order of merit ahead of John and Will Marshall.

Martin also earned his 50th county cap at Tyneisde, as did Boldon’s Gavin Nesbit.

Pictured: Martin McCririck, John Kennedy and Gavin Nesbit