DYMOCK Cricket Club will be holding a special game in September against a Forest of Dean XI to mark John Gurney's 50th year at the club.

Originally from Ledbury, John move to Guernsey - where he represented the island against Hampshire.

He returned to the Dean in the early 1960s and joined Dymock CC - captaining the club for 12 years and helping them move into league cricket for the first time in 1979. He's been fixture secretary, chairman, umpire and is now the club's groundsman.

As a player he scored three centuries, had the best bowling figures of 6-11 and once took seven slip catches in an innings.

For more on John, pick up a copy of this week's edition of The Forester.