FORMER Accrington Stanley striker Nigel Greenwood raised his bat to a special son and daughter, who joined him at the crease in a local cricket game.

Greenwood’s 19-year-old son Sam and daughter Charlotte, 15, who attends St Michael’s School, Chorley, were on the teamsheet with their father for last weekend’s Palace Shield competition fixture between Hoghton and Withnell Fold.

“I’m very proud of them both and maybe it is the first time that a son, daughter and dad have played a second XI game together in this league,” said Greenwood.

“This is now my 39th season with Hoghton and Charlotte stopped me from retiring.

“I was going to pack it in but Charlotte said, ‘Hang on dad, I’ll be old enough to play senior cricket this year’, and she made her second-team debut alongside Sam and myself.

“I might play on for a few years now though.”

Hoghton won the game too with Greenwood senior scoring 24 and bowler son Sam taking 2-32.

“Charlotte plays for Preston North End Ladies’ junior football team and they haven’t lost a game for two years, but she loves her cricket as well,” added Nigel.

Although Charlotte did not bat but she managed to turn her arm over for one over.

“She only conceded one run and had a couple of catching chances. She is an excellent bowler,” said dad.

As well as turning out for Stanley in the 1990s, Nigel also assisted his brother Tony at the Crown Ground before the management pair later took over at Bamber Bridge.

Nigel also enjoyed a lengthy spell in the professional ranks, turning out for his hometown club Preston North End, Bury and Halifax Town.

He added: “I enjoyed my football career but it was very special to play with my son and daughter in a serious game. They made me very proud.”