2018 Obituaries


(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.


(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.