A NEW electronic scoreboard has been installed at Corbridge Cricket Club in memory of a former player, coach and supporter.

Peter Walsh, a well-known criminal defence barrister, died in April last year at the age of 66 from an undetected heart disease.

Peter’s family, friends and legal colleagues from Trinity Chambers have donated towards the cost of the scoreboard in his memory.

The electronic scoreboard will allow spectators to keep up-to-date with play and will update in real time from an app on an iPad used by the scorers. It can be seen from all parts of the ground.

Coun. Nick Oliver, who represents Corbridge and contributed to the scoreboard with his small schemes allowance, used to play football with Peter.

He said: “He was an inspirational man and gave a lot to our community, including coaching my son at football, so it’s great to be able to support this project at our fantastic cricket club.”

Coun. Oliver is also supporting works at the cricket club to install new environmental measures, including installation of a new electric boiler powered by the solar panels on the clubhouse roof.

John Maude, chairman of Corbridge Cricket Club, said: “We’re grateful for all of the contributions that everybody has made towards the cost of the floodlights and other works at the club as we re-open after the Covid-19 lockdowns and we’re really looking forward to the second Peter Walsh Memorial match between Corbridge Cricket Club XI and Trinity Chambers XI.”

The inaugural Peter Walsh Memorial match took place on September 20, 2020 between Trinity Chambers and Corbridge Cricket Club.

Peter was also a dedicated football coach and started Clara Vale Celtic, Wylam Celtic and later revived Tynedale Football Club in Corbridge.