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Northamptonshire County Cricket Club’s chairman has led the birthday greetings to Peter Arnold who turns 90 today (Sunday October 16).

‘Kiwi’ Arnold – born in Wellington – played 167 first-class matches for the County between 1951 and 1960, scoring over 7,000 runs and forming a successful opening partnership with Dennis Brookes.

And that after he travelled to England from his native New Zealand – at his own expense – for a trial at Wantage Road in the spring of 1950.

He later became the first chairman of Northamptonshire’s cricket sub-committee (replacing the old selection committee) in 1978 and held the post for 15 years.

In 1996 he was elected President of the club and served a four-year term before handing over to the late Lynn Wilson.

“Congratulations to ‘Kiwi’ on his 90th birthday – what a fantastic innings!” commented chairman Gavin Warren.

“We are hugely grateful to Peter for all his support, leadership and advice over many years.

“Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is very proud of its former player and President.”

Peter and Syd Starkie – who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year – are now Northamptonshire’s oldest surviving first-class cricketers.

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