2017 Obituaries


(1935-2017) Fareham & Crofton Cricket Club

Octogenarian cricket lover and Fareham & Crofton grounds stalwart Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown died in early April after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was 82.

Tony had been actively involved with the Bath Lane club for over 50 years and was a much respected and long standing past vice-chairman of the Hampshire League. He was named as one of Fareham Borough Council’s Citizen’s of the Year in 2015 in recognition of over half a century of service to the town club as a player, administrator and for 20 years groundsman.

He joined Fareham as an off-spin all-rounder in 1962 while still a serving Royal Navy officer. He spent 29 years in the RN, serving on 15 different ships or shore establishments – with his cricket bag never far away!

Tony Brown was Fareham’s second team captain for many years before assuming the role as club chairman. He played his cricket competitively but in the correct and proper manner, always enjoying a beer or two after the match. Appropriately, the bar in Fareham & Crofton’s clubhouse is named in his honour. But away from his family, cricket was his first love. During and long after his retirement from the Royal Navy, Tony devoted a large chunk of his life to the game, spending countless hours at Bath Lane, where he took up groundsmanship on a voluntary basis in 1995.
As his pitch preparation skills matured, so he gradually became an unpaid grounds advisor to the Hampshire Cricket League, driving many miles and spending numerous hours helping and encouraging countless clubs to improve their pitches and outfields.

In a tribute, Hampshire Cricket Board members and the Development Team all valued Tony as a great contributor.

“He just got on with doing things that needed to be done without any fuss or thought of personal reward”.

“Although his work with the Board was mainly on issues concerning ground standards, ground maintenance, and development of groundsmen, his views on all cricket matters were widely respected”.
Away from his grounds work, Tony Brown was a member of the HCL management committee for over 20 years and was one of the main instigators in organising the Hampshire League, Combination and New Forest Leagues to merge and form what is now the biggest recreational competition of its type in the UK – no small task as it involved 196 teams!

Tony Brown was a “doer” and generously devoted countless hours of his time helping others, in particular clubs flung far and wide across the Hampshire League spectrum.

Cricket, Fareham in particular, has lost a real friend and say a sad farewell to a real local legend.


(1942-2016) South Newton Cricket Club

In June 2016 Andrew passed away after a long battle with cancer.

His long cricketing career began at a very early age. Andrew’s name was first mentioned at around seven years of age in the South Newton Scorebook! He played regularly from 1953 until 2000 and was elected Captain for the 1964 season when the club had hit a low ebb player wise. Then into the 70s a host of young players became interested. Andrew encouraged and supported these youngsters and, as well as becoming their mentor, he was the life and soul of what became a flourishing club.

Styling himself on his hero, Geoff Boycott, Andrew was ever present at the crease and quickly became a prized wicket for opposition bowlers his motto being You can’t score any runs from back in the pavilion!!

For 20 years and more he was the club’s best bat and a sound wicket keeper. However, it was his onfield captaincy that most club players will remember him for.

Before the advent of league cricket in 1977 he scored three consecutive NOT OUT centuries against good local opposition, and topped the club batting averages 19 times.

His 36 seasons as skipper must be close to a world record and he probably must have tossed up 1000 times if indoor cricket games are included!

He was a quiet and unassuming man much respected and liked by everyone. He was a major influence in fund raising schemes such as Discos and dinners for South Newton Club.

Andrew also carried out the unsung match secretary work for decades and used his building expertise whenever maintenance work was required on club property.

He became President of South Newton Cricket Club in 2007.

He will be sadly missed.


(1940-2017) United Services Cricket Club

Local cricket has been saddened by news of the recent death of the ever smiling Cleighton Rudder (aged 77), a prominent left handed all-rounder, who played alongside elder brother Stan for HM Dockyard EEM upon their respective arrivals from Barbados in the 1950s. Cleighton moved on to play a full part with Cormorants, PCS Cormorants, United Services, and mid-week for Havant Wednesday, RMAS and Civil Service Naval Base.

Cleighton was still playing cricket well into his 70’s conserving energy by taking a one yard run up and not moving his feet when batting!

For his dedication and contribution to the club he was made an Honorary Life Member of United Services CC.

Cleighton will be missed patrolling the boundary every Saturday at Burnaby Road before calling in at St Helens to have a pint with Portsmouth CC members.

Our sympathy goes out to his children Paul, Kerry and Steven for the loss of their wonderful dad. RIP Cleighton you will be missed by so many people.