DEREK SEMMENCE 24th April 1938 – 29th March 2020
The Sussex Seniors are very sad to tell everyone that one of its most valued players has passed away.
Derek Semmence sadly died on the 29th March 2020. Derek played as an all-rounder for the Sussex Seniors for a number of years from 1988 to 2013. One of a few former County Cricketers to have played for the Sussex, Semmo played for Sussex CCC from 1956 to 1959 and also in 1967 and 1968. Derek served in the Royal Air Force and also played first-class cricket for the Combined Services. He was the youngest Sussex CCC 1st XI player to have scored a century for Sussex when he reached 108 against Nottinghamshire in 1956 at the age of 18. He made his first-class debut against Warwickshire in the 1956 County Championship. He played one game for Essex in 1962 against Oxford University. Semmo also played for Devon Minor Counties in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He later played Minor Counties Championship Cricket for Northumberland in 1973 and 1974 and one Minor Counties Championship game in 1976 for Cambridgeshire against Bedfordshire. He was President of the Worthing Cricket Club for nineteen years and was the cricket coach at Hurstpierpoint College where he also prepared the cricket pitches for the College. For a number of years he wintered in Rajasthan in India where he coached many young Indians. He also had great enjoyment whilst working for BBC Southern Radio where he provided live comments between overs when the County side was playing.
He played in 121 matches for the Sussex Seniors which included 57 games for the Over 50s 1st XI. He scored over 2230 runs with over 1000 for the 50+ 1st XI. Taking 105 wickets for the Seniors and 60 for the 50+ 1sts. His best return was 6 for 30 against Essex at Three Bridges CC in 1998. Semmo captained the 50+ 1sts on three occasions and the 70+ 1sts in 24 games. Whilst captain of the Sussex 70+ side, he led the team to four consecutive County Championship wins – 2009 to 2012. In 2012, the side won 11 out of 12 games.
Derek was a lovely man and someone who didn't have to earn your respect it happened naturally. He had many friends in the Seniors who will have played in the same side as he did. He was still bowling late away swing in the last seasons that he played.
The Sussex Seniors send their deepest sympathies to Derek’s wife, Christine, and family.
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update
As a Committee we have thought long and hard about our response to the current medical emergency. Whilst we would all prefer to play cricket as soon as the sun starts shining, we need to take a sensible decision which is based on the latest available advice.
Consequently we have decided to abandon the first half of the season, with all games scheduled before Tuesday 23rd June to be cancelled.
We will make a decision on whether the second half of the season can be played, resuming matches from 23rd June, by the end of May. Whilst we do not have jurisdiction over friendly fixtures, we would expect counties to observe the ECB guidelines to cancel these matches.
May I offer my condolences to all those county officials who have spent so much time arranging venues and to those clubs who had agreed to stage games for our competition. Let us hope that the measures being adopted allow us to salvage some of the forthcoming season. It goes without saying that the health and safety of all our players is absolutely paramount.
Regrettably, in consultation with our Australian counterparts, we have decided to cancel the planned summer 70+ international tour. The inaugural 60+ World Cup and the England 70+ tour to Australia this winter are both under review.
Clive Ricks – on behalf of the Management team
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