THE BEST OF DURHAM: The new book by Tim Wellock
THE BEST OF DURHAM: The new book by Tim Wellock

RABY Castle Cricket Club merits high praise in a new book titled The Best of Durham.
Written by long-standing Barnard Castle Golf Club member Tim Wellock, the book is chiefly about the highlights of his 26 years covering Durham’s fortunes in first-class cricket.
He argues that the success which brought five trophies in eight seasons was deeply rooted in the fighting traditions he encountered throughout the county during his playing days with Darlington, Sedgefield and Aldbrough-St-John.
“Raby Castle would be a strong contender for the most picturesque ground in the county,” he writes.
“But in my experience they were never there just to enjoy the scenery and they have become one of the dominant clubs in their league, with a strong youth section.”
Mr Wellock will include his set of 27 Wisden Almanacs in a sale to launch what is his second Durham cricket book.
As well as writing for local media, he was the county’s Wisden correspondent and said: “The almanacs are all in good condition and I would be happy for the full set from 1993-2019 to go to a good home. But if no-one comes forward I will let them go individually.”
Anyone interested in either the Wisdens or The Best of Durham is asked to email to make arrangements.
He is asking £100 for the full set of Wisdens or £5 for individual copies.
Half of the profits from both those sales and The Best of Durham will go to charity.