CRICKET: Grantham umpire Vic earns respect of Sir Gary Sobers

Vic Heppenstall receives his caricature from Garfield Sobers.
Vic Heppenstall receives his caricature from Garfield Sobers.
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Local umpiring stalwart Vic Heppenstall has had numerous accolades over the years and received his latest from the hands of another cricket legend – Sir Garfield Sobers.

The former West Indies all-rounder was on a visit to the King’s School where he regaled their cricket teams of his excellent career, before answering questions from the audience and signing bats and shirts.

In the audience was Vic, and head of PE Nathan Whales had arranged for Sir Garfield to present him with a portrait depicting the Grantham umpire at the King’s playing field.

Mr Whales thanked Vic on behalf of the thousands of boys and local cricketers who have benefited from his voluntary work and dedication over the last 30 years, including umpiring home and away matches around the country, and three school tours of Barbados.