Oswestry Cricket Club, in aid of the Mike Robinson Appeal, have specially commissioned a collection of cricketing prints, reproduced from original paintings by Peter Bradley, a Shropshire sporting artist.

The Appeal was recently launched in memory of the Club’s late chairman who was well known to many across the county as a journalist on newspapers in Shropshire and north Wales.

Two of the prints depict both the Old and New Pavilion at Morda Road.

The Old Pavilion was the former canteen at the Coventry Climax Factory which evacuated to Oswestry in 1941. It was initially sited in Victoria Road where the Cricket Club shared its ground with Oswestry Town FC.

Football took precedence at the ground after the war and in 1947 the Club moved to its present site in Morda Road with the Old Pavilion being transported there.

The old and fondly remembered white timber framed building served as the main Club House until a major redevelopment of facilities took place in 2005, when the new £350,000 pavilion was built.

The third print shows Oswestry, Nottinghamshire and England Lions cricketer Joe Clarke, raising his bat to the crowd at New Road against the magnificent backdrop of Worcester Cathedral.

Bradley, himself a distinguished cricketer, who enjoyed many years of success with Shropshire and represented the full Minor Counties Team against the famous West Indian Touring Team of 1973, took up the easel after retiring from playing.

His works include signed paintings of England cricketers, Alastair Cook, Kevin Peterson and Joe Root. Footballers Steven Gerrard and Joe Hart, and jockey, A P McCoy are also numbered in his collection.

Club Chairman, Chris Wiseman, said: “There has been a great response to the prints. The detail shown is fantastic. With Christmas coming up, they would make a lovely present for any local cricket enthusiast.”.

The last day for pre-Christmas orders is December 10. Each print is mounted and individually signed by the artist at a cost of £50 with a discounted price of £120 for all three prints.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of the prints which are of limited edition, should contact Huw Roberts on 07971963016. All cheques should be made payable to Oswestry Cricket Club Ltd.

All proceeds will go to the creation of a cricketing gallery which will celebrate the Club’s proud 163 year history.

The new pavilion, in association with Oswestry Sports Forum will also be home to a hall of sporting fame, featuring some 30 local sportsmen and women who have gone on to represent their Country in the field of International competition.

Mr Wiseman added: “In memory of Robbo, we want to celebrate our Club’s achievements and those of others which we hope will be of interest to the local community and to those further afield.”.