(2nd August 1938 – 21st November 2023)
Dave was a much-loved member of Bromley Cricket Club for the past 50 years, Dave was also a well-known and popular character in the Kent cricket community and played in the first successful 50+ Team that won the National Championship, making many friends during the course of his playing career and afterwards. He continued his playing career into the Kent 60+ Team and retired in 2004. He will be missed by so many.
Howard Smith (Kent Seniors)
Rinaldo Frezzato RIP
It is with huge sadness that we advise you of the passing of 'Ronnie' Rinaldo, one of our dear friends in Surrey Senior Cricket. Ronnie captained our fledgling 60+ 4th XI until last season, securing its place in our cricketing family and giving regular cricket to a lot of our senior members. He was an integral member of our senior cricket tours, holding the position of 'fines master'. As a retired schoolmaster he delivered his fines post match for any misdemeanor, as he saw it, with some relish and if you argued the fine was immediately doubled. A popular man, he will be remembered for his humour, loyalty and kindness. We have lost a very good friend.
Bill Early on behalf of Surrey Seniors
Stuart Bulger (1947 - 2023)
It is with great sadness that i have to inform you of the death of Stuart Bulger after a long illness. Stuart was a very fine all round cricketer who was an excellent bowler, batsman and fielder.
Prior to joing Herts seniors he played for North Mymms and Met Police, Bushey where I knew him as a very competitive and competent player.
He joined Herts Seniors in the late 1990s and played some 50s games up until the early 2000s.
He then rejoined in 2018 when he played for our 70s 1s and 60s 2s. His talent was immediately recognised by the England Over 70s selectors and he was selected fo play for England Over 70s against the touring Australia Over 70s side in the "silver" Ashes series in 2018.
One abiding memory I have is in the deciding Ashes ODI at Sutton in Surrey. Australia needed 6 to win off the final ball of the series. The batsman launched the ball to the boundary and Stuart caught the ball over his head on the boundary to clinch the series. Only Stuart with his agility in the field could have caught that ball.
One of Stuarts last games was early last season in an England game where he scored 50 and retired.
He scored 2 centuries for Herts Over 70s.and was a valued friend to all of his fellow players and an extremely talented cricketer who will be sorely missed..
We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Jane, his family and to all of his friends.
Funeral arrangements will be published as soon as we receive the information but I am informed that it will be on a Wednesday in September
on behalf of Hertfordshire Seniors Cricket
JOHN DAY ( 1940 - 2023 )
It is with extreme sadness that I inform of the passing of John who I have known personally for over 50 years firstly as an opponent with our own boyhood clubs, his Water Orton CC & mine Olton CC before Leagues came into being & then as team mates for Warwickshires 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. I appointed John as Captain when I first started the 60’s team & he has been truly a loyal servant & an even greater player.
In his early days he was a regular keeper/batsmen playing also for the prestigious West Bromwich Dartmouth CC in the B’ham & District Premier League being the oldest cricket league in the World. He featured many times for the first class County 2’s & was very close to being offered a contract by our home County. That old England, Sussex & Warwickshire veteran Alan Oakman ran the 50’s when John & I played alongside Mushstaq Mohammed, Geoff Humpage & John Jameson with many fine Midlands Club players of their day.
John was the first player to score a century for our 70’s & also featured in the Cricketer magazine for scoring the same in a Club league match at aged 70+. He was still playing last season & altho’ aged 81 was still one of our best players with his name always being one of the first if not the first on the team sheet. During the last 20 years or so he has added spin bowling to his armoury & being an ex keeper knew exactly where to pitch the ball. In earlier years he toured Australia with the Midlands Club Cricket Conference & was selected for England 70’s a few years ago which also toured Oz even tho’ he developed a heart problem just before.
Over the years he has carried out every job that there is with Water Orton CC & at his funeral the crematorium was full to overflowing with his many friends & family with, as expected many stories relayed afterwards at his cricket club.
It was after the end of last season that he was admitted to hospital with the heart condition & unfortunately contracted an infection which eventually spread to his liver. As a result he died very peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
That old team manager in the sky is amassing a formidable line up & John will be sadly missed here by all his friends, cricketing & otherwise along with the family he leaves behind.
Phil Budd (Chair Warks CCC Seniors Assoc).
We are very saddened to say that another stalwart has been taken from us in his 75th year by that old umpire in the sky to assemble his own team. Martin has been playing in our 70's almost from it's inception in 2014 & took over the running of the 70's2's when Don Bates passed away.
Martin was involved for over 50 years with two local cricket clubs here around Birmingham being Sheldon Marlborough & Nether Whitacre for which please see more expansive tributes on their own websites. In short at both Clubs he rose from a player, captain, resurrected juniors cricket, coach, Treasurer, Secretary & Chairman. He liked nothing more than playing cricket with his grandchildren in his team & was so proud when he & his wife Carol went to South Africa to watch one of them Dan (Mousley) playing for England U19's. Dan has a contract at Warwickshire & is part of the Championship winning team.
It was only towards the end of last season that Martin claimed of not feeling too well & was later diagnosed with liver cancer. His family tell us that he never complained & bravely fought the disease which finally took him.
It represents the admiration for Martin & with so many friends, that the not small church in Castle Bromwich was packed to the rafters with standing room only for his funeral last Friday with the Courtage led by his youngest grandson proudly carrying Martins wicket keeping gloves. A sight to behold.
We will all miss you matey. RIP Martin.
Phil Budd for Warwickshires Seniors'
It is with great sadness that Buckinghamshire Over 60s and Over 70s have to inform of the sad passing of our Over 60s 1st Xl player Steve Greaves at the young age of 61 on Saturday 29th January 2022.
Steve played for the Over 60s 1st team for the past two seasons and was a good bowler and aggressive lower order batsman. He was also an exceptional team mate.
Steve started his career at Northwood Town CC playing alongside his father and brother. He moved to Buckinghamshire and joined Princes Risborough CC. He held the positions of first eleven captain and Chairman during his years at Princes Risborough. In recent years he had taken on the groundsman duties with his close friend and fellow Over 60s player David Brooker.
He spent the Friday and Saturday working on the ground before suffering a heart attack on the Saturday evening from which he did not recover.
He will be sorely missed by all who played alongside him or the many friends he made in opposition teams.
Our thoughts go out to his wife Jo and their three children.
His funeral takes place at Bierton Crematorium, near Aylesbury on Friday 11th February at 12 noon.
Photo is of a recent Prostate Cancer walk from Princes Risborough CC. Steve, is on the left, and has the white arms and is wearing glasses.
Ron Hedley on behalf of Buckinghamshie Seniors
Andy Broughton - Norfolk Seniors
It is with great sadness that the Norfolk Seniors Club announces that it has learnt of the untimely, unexpected and sudden death of Andy Broughton, Honorary Life Member of the Club, at the age of 76. Andy Broughton joined Norfolk Seniors in 2008 and appeared 150 times for Norfolk.
He scored one century (against Herts) and over 900 runs for Norfolk. In addition, he had innumerable catches and stumpings to his name as one of the best wicket-keepers ever to appear for Norfolk Seniors. He served on Norfolk’s Executive Committee as Media Secretary for over ten years, retiring at the end of last season. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and teammates.
Joe Perry on behalf of Norfolk Sebiors
Denny Pease - Sussex Seniors
Denny died on the 4th November at the age of 92.
Denny's first game for the Sussex Seniors was at the age of 80 in May 2009 in a game against Surrey 60+ 2nds. His last game was also against Surrey 70+ 2nds in June 2018.
His Seniors statistics show he played in 77 games, scoring 88 runs at an average of 6.77. He bowled 508.4 overs, 26 maidens, 50 wickets with 2,642 runs against. His best bowling for the Seniors was 3 for 45 against Herts 60+ 4ths in April 2015.
But its not his statistics we should dwell on, but the unflagging enthusiasm for a game of cricket. His availability sheet showed a tick against every fixture for every game in every age group. He turned up for one game in Worcestershire, travelling from Essex to get to our Hotel at Studley Castle before the bar closed. Never mind that he picked up three speeding fines on the way !
He loved cricket, travelling from a weekend's games in Essex to play in whatever Seniors' game that he could during the week and then another weekends' game in Essex or Arundel.
A lovely man and great company and many a tale. RIP
on behalf of Sussex Seniors