A LEGEND of Yorkshire cricket is finally bowing out of the game, at the grand old age of 86.

Wibsey man Bill Robinson has spent the last 20 years or so in the Yorkshire Terriers disabled team, having spent decades playing regular cricket before that.

He had hoped to play a couple of times this season, but with the coronavirus pandemic decimating the fixture list, he felt it was the right time to call it a day.

Spinner Bill, who was born with only one hand, said: “I was going to play this season, but it’s all off, our games against other northern county sides like Lancashire and Derbyshire.

“I did play three games last year and we got to the final, but some of the lads that are coming through in the team now are as young as 14, whereas I’m obviously the oldest.

“We had quite a strong squad last year and I was finding transport to some of the away games quite difficult too, as it could be up to a 200 mile round trip.

“My last game I scored 15 not out though so it would be a good way to end.”

If Bill had stuck with his original plans, he would have called it a day years ago.

He laughed: “I was going to retire when I was about 50, when my son started out in the Bradford League, but I said I’d play if the team were short, and that meant I was playing most weeks.

“I was playing for Mayfield in my sixties in the Sunday School League, but Yorkshire must have been in touch about acquiring disabled cricketers and (former Terriers captain) Bob Middleton rang and asked if I’d be interested.

“I thought it must be an April Fool at first and I didn’t join the team straightaway. But they wanted experienced players. I joined in about 1999 and ended up as captain for six or seven years.”

Bill’s time with the Terriers has given him some unforgettable experiences, including the chance to play at some famous county venues, as well as gorgeous grounds up and down the country.

Asked to pick out a favourite memory, he said: “We played at Headingley in a friendly game against Emmerdale Farm in 2002.

“I scored 28 not out and had a picture with my name up on the electronic scoreboard at the ground.

“But there was also the time I led the Terriers out at Lord’s, which was special.”

Asked what is next for the amazing Bill Robinson, he said: “The Terriers were hoping to organise one or two friendlies so I might still play the odd game but I doubt it.

“Mind retirement is okay until they tell me they’re short of players (laughs).

“I’m 86 now and I’m certainly going to keep in touch with the team, but I’d just like to be a spectator and keep watching our local games. I’m a bit knackered to be honest.

“It’s a shame about this year because my wife and I had planned to go to all sorts of places but lockdown has stopped all that, and led me to call it a day with the cricket too.”

After a longer innings than most though, Bill has probably earned the right to put his feet up.