Mrs Smith started playing cricket around two years back so that she could help her son develop in the sport © Getty Images (representational photo)
Mrs Smith started playing cricket around two years back so that she could help her son develop in the sport © Getty Images (representational photo)

Helen Smith, mother of Luke featured in her son’s team when one of the players did not turn up. Helen dropped her son for the third team of Leigh Cricket Club. This was before their game against Highfield in the Liverpool and District Cricket Premier Division. She was asked if she could help. Mrs Smith, who is 47 years of age went to her home and got her cricket kit and played along with 14-year-old wicketkeeper Luke. Mrs Smith’s father, who passed away last year, also used to play the game. Mrs Smith started playing cricket around two years back so that she could help her son develop in the sport. ALSO READ— Virat Kohli sends out Mothers Day message: Video

Mrs Smith was quoted by express.co.uk saying, “It was meant to be. I was supposed to be playing for the women’s team on the day of Luke’s game but I had to sacrifice that as his dad Neil was umpiring for the second team so I had to take Luke. It turned out that they were a player short so Luke and his captain asked me to play. I never thought I would end up playing alongside my son in a proper game but a chain of events led to it happening.” ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar dedicates Bharat Ratna honour to mother Rajni

“I have never heard of a mother and son playing together in a competitive game before and it seems that no-one else has either. It was really good to play with Luke and a very proud day for me. I will always remember it. I was actually very emotional on the pitch thinking of my dad. He would have been so proud to see us playing together. It’s just a shame he couldn’t be there to watch.”

Tom McKiernan, club’s coach said, “I have been involved in cricket for 40 years and I have never heard of a mother and son combination. Many fathers have taken great pride and pleasure in playing a competitive senior game in the same side as their son but not a mother.” Geoff Higham, opposition’s player said, “Helen had a great debut in very hot conditions. I am sure there will be no problem selecting her again.”