2018 Obituaries

 

 

Albert Michael ‘Mick’ Neville, 31 March 1940 – 8 August 2019.

Members of the Easton & Martyr Worthy Cricket Club sadly report the death of their Life Member and Club stalwart, ‘Mick’ Neville. 

His gentle manner both on and off the pitch and a wicked sense of humour belied a determination to play to his utmost ability and players respected his need to see fair play albeit with a will to win.

Mick’s keen interest in cricket began at a young age and he would use free time for batting practice.  This involved a thin practice bat that he was given. It encouraged the user to always hit a ball with the middle of a conventional bat and proved to be a valuable aid in his mantra to practice, practice, practice.  When Mick and his wife, Lys, moved to the area in 1973, he sought a successful village team that would welcome a ‘newcomer with some batting ability’ and provide a family environment.  A year later he decided that ‘Easton’ was that team and so began a long connection with the Club.

Veteran cricketers and Record Books verify Easton’s successful Teams in the 1970’s-1990’s era and not least on many occasions winning the ‘Tichborne Cup’, the ‘Conder Cup’ and ‘Igglesden Cup’ – the latter won 12 times and a record 3 years in a row from 1974-76.  Of the various stats recorded it is noted that Mick played in 87 consecutive innings without a duck between 1980-87, was instrumental with two others in organising the Club’s first cricket club tour in 1985 and ensured that his son, Brian, become a keen member and fellow batsman.

Mick was to play for Easton & Martyr Worthy’s various teams as the need arose and in later years took to the field as an accredited Umpire.  Throughout, he willingly helped at the pavilion and its ground and took pleasure in seeing the Club’s facilities improving year on year with the successful development of the Junior Teams. In recognition of his achievements, Mick was appointed a Life Member in 2001. 

At his funeral on Wednesday, 28th August a large congregation assembled at the Basingstoke Crematorium in celebration of his life and to support his loving family and friends.  Mick’s sporting interests were represented with members of local cricket clubs, his favoured Riverside Indoor Bowling Club and former dart players rubbing shoulders with Easton’s players, past and present.  Donations in memory of Mick were directed to his favourite Clubs – Easton & Martyr Worthy Cricket Club and the Riverside Indoor Bowling Club.

 Our thoughts are with Lys, sons Brian and David and their extended family.

LESLEY JACQUELINE MORGAN

1st JUNE 1945 TO 9th AUGUST 2019.

Lesley Morgan joined Andover C.C. in 1979 as 1st Xl Scorer, a position she held for almost 40 years. She had, however, been involved in the local cricket scene being instrumental in the formation and operation of the Andover Business House Mid-Week Cricket League. This competition resulted in many would-be cricketers joining local clubs to play weekend cricket.

Lesley brought new class to scoring, with what were then novel ideas for presentation such as coloured identification, and she very soon became involved in the administration of A.C.C. as a committee member and then Secretary.

This post she held for some 25 years, at a time when such things as Club Mark, Child Protection and Health and Safety required the job to become ever wider and the demands on leisure time even greater.

From my own viewpoint having Lesley as Secretary during most of my time as Chairman enabled me to concentrate on generalities, leaving the detail in her hands, knowing that the results would be well thought out and completed with both alacrity and good sense. All this was reflected in her becoming President of the Club.

Lesley’s “spare” time developed into scoring and running courses at County and Regional levels and, at both her funeral service and the memorial match this involvement was well appreciated, with a wide attendance of cricket devotees paying tribute to a well-liked person who will be sadly missed. 

Both Andover Cricket Club and the wider cricket world have lost a presence that will require some considerable effort to replace, and we all commiserate with Lesley’s family in the passing of a true Andover cricket legend.

BRIAN FUNNELL

 

 

VIC LOVELESS

(1925 – 2018) Vice President of HCL

Vic Loveless – family man, cricketer and writer passed away last week at the age of 93. I write this obituary sadly, but happy in the knowledge that it was the right time for Vic to declare his long innings closed. His involvement in local cricket was extraordinary. He was a Calmore CC stalwart, opening bowler and decent middle order bat for 1st XI & 2nds before stating Calmore Wanderers (a motley crew of Veterans and friends of Calmore/Dad who just loved cricket and cricket teas just like Dad). He was instrumental in the planning and completion of Calmore’s new ground at Loperwood.

He then took on Nomansland CC’s chairmanship whilst still  playing/running the Calmore Wanderers and was at the helm when NCC’s new pavilion was built.

He also found time to help create the NFCCA in 1963, and was still that organisation’s President at the time of his passing. He was a Hampshire Cricket League Vice President and held the same post at Bramshaw.

His legacy for Bramshaw CC (incorporating NCC) is quite simple. A top ground and facility at Nomansland and two of his sons, Ian (a former Calmore Colt) and Gary have captained on and off and played at NCC for decades. For Bramshaw they Capained and played for the second (Gary still Captain and Opening Bat) and third elevens, and five of his grandsons are playing for the club – Jonty, Bailey, James, Tommy and Declan. Son Roger and grandson Carl played for Nomansland too. Also his three youngest grandsons Baden (10), Winston (9) and Denning (6) are Colts at Lymington CC (sons of Ian Vics eldest) and two older ones showing promise through the Hampshire West RPC and they are good players at Club level in U9s and U11s. There are Great Grandsons/Daughter on the sorting path  as well potentially.

Vic will be sadly missed by the Hampshire Cricket fraternity. His funeral is at Bramshaw Church on 26th July at 12.15pm.

 

 

JOHN TWENTYMAN

 

(1943 – 2018) Lymington Cricket Club

 

John was not only a keen supporter of the senior sides and a regular spectator on a Saturday, he was also a valued helper on a Monday evening at colts training. John died on the West Indian island of Anguilla where he spent his winters. It was on that island last winter that he met the ex-Hampshire player Cardigan Connor and helped arrange for Anguilan Dimitri Adams to play for Lymington last season. John lived for his cricket and although he never played cricket for Lymington, in Sunday friendly circles he was known as a very successful batsman for Lobsters CC. A note on Lobsters’ website talks of John as “probably the most talented cricketer of all the Lobsters and certainly one of the loveliest men any of us have had the privilege to know”. The tributes were continued by his former employers Woolley & Wallis from whom he retired as a senior partner in 2006 having been with the firm since the late 1960s: “John was greatly respected and loved by the great many clients and friends that he met during his time with Woolley & Wallis. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered”.

 

A Service of Celebration for the life of John Twentyman will take place at Romsey Abbey on the 18th May 2018 at 2pm. Donations in memory of John for the Oakhaven Hospice, Lymington and the Tender Loving Home for the Elderly, Anguilla may be sent to A H Cheater Funeral Directors, 122 The Hundred, Romsey, SO51 8BY.

 

Johnny Wallace

 

Andover CC

 

It is with great sadness that the Andover Cricket Club inform the league of the death of Johnny Wallace after a short illness.

 

Throughout the 70’s and early 80’s, Johnny stood head and shoulders above the rest of the Andover batting line up, not only because of the sheer weight of runs but the manner in which they were scored. Blessed with a marvellous eye for a ball, Johnny batted with no fear of dismissal and consequently was happy to attack from the first ball of the match. Indeed, he was known to hit the first ball of the season for 6 on more than one occasion, and his runs always came at a fierce rate

 

Johnny was born in Jamaica and it is difficult not to conclude that his upbringing in the Caribbean had a formative influence on the way he played cricket. A more than useful slip fielder, but his bowling was as friendly as the man himself.

 

Legend is an overused word, but to those who had the great pleasure to be entertained by Johnny, there will be no doubt that he will always be remembered as a legend at Andover CC and the Hampshire league.