News and Events
from BRIAN SCOVELL, the manager and former captain of the Cricket Writers' Club CC:
We have lost a very popular yeoman bowler in Dave Field who died recently at the young age of 68. He worked for the Exchange Telegraph for many years and he was the Fred Trueman figure in our side. He wasn't as quick as Fiery Fred but he put a lot into his fast medium bowling and used a similar vocabulary when a batsman failed to walk or play and miss.
Eric Brown, his great friend, has written in the Sports Journalists' Association website that the game he enjoyed most was at Headingley in the late 1970s. In fact it was at Harrogate on July 2, 1978 at Harrogate CC, the year after we helped put on the CWC v Australia Press match there which featured Kerry Packer, Ian Chappell and a few others.
It was reduced to a 32 over match and we made 148 with Barry Stead, the former Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire left arm pace bowler scoring 43. Three Pakistan Test players Khan Mohammad, Mahmoud Hussain and Imtiaz all played and we lost. Dave Warner, our President, played in that match and sends his condolences to Dave's family and he has asked me to represent him at the funeral because he is recovering from gout. The funeral is at Kemnal Park Cemetery, off A20 Sidcup By-pass, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6RR at 12 noon on July 28 which will follow at a wake at Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre, Court Rd., Orpington, Kent BR6 9BX starting at 1.30. Donations to Harris Hospice Care, St. Christopher's Hospice, Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, SE 26.
Dave lived in Orpington for many years and his wife Jacky used to score the matches where he played. They had no children and she died two years ago and I think losing his soulmate played a part in his early demise. People do die of a broken heart. I signed up Learie Constantine to play in one of our matches at Great Baddow in Essex and he scored 6 sixes in his 66. When he died, his devoted wife Norma died several months later.
I spoke to Dave at our dinner last year and he was in pretty good form, meeting his friends and talking about matches long past. He always had a good sense of humour.
We'll miss him.
I know some of you will have heard the sad news that David died on Friday, 4th July,
but I was waiting for more information before I sent out this round robin.
David’s boyhood & lifelong friend, Roger Osborn, rang me on Monday to tell me the news.
David had been in a hospice, having a week or so respite care, when the staff there realised
early on Friday that he needed to go at once to hospital. Roger, together with his wife and some
of David’s closest friends, made their way to the hospital and were with him when he died shortly
before four o’clock in the afternoon. Roger said it was a very peaceful & quiet ending.
The arrangements for the funeral are as follows:-
Monday, 28th July at 12.00
KEMNAL PARK CEMETERY
Take the Sidcup bypass on the A20
After the service there will be a wake at:-
CHELSFIELD LAKES GOLF CENTRE
People wishing to send donations should send them (in David’s name) to:-
Harris Hospice Care
St Christopher’s Hospice
51-59 Lawrie Park Road
LONDON SE26 6DZ
Roger would like people, if possible, to let him know if they are able to go to the wake.
You could try ringing Roger on 01923 893712 or you might catch him on David’s number
(01689 823338), as he is frequently at the house, making arrangements.
10th July, 2014
GERALD MORTIMER PLAQUE
A plaque in memory of long-serving Cricket Writers’ Club member, Gerald Mortimer, who died last December, was unveiled in the Press Box of Derbyshire County Cricket Club at Derby on Sunday, June 15.
For well over 30 years from 1970, Gerald covered Derbyshire’s fortunes for the Derby Evening Telegraph and was highly respected by Press Box colleagues around the country.
He was also the newspaper’s Derby County correspondent over a similar period and few provincial sports journalists could write as authoritatively on both the summer and winter games as he did.
Educated at Repton School and Oxford University, Gerald joined the Derby Evening Telegraph after ten years in teaching and from that moment on was totally committed to his new job.
The plaque was unveiled by The Cricket Writers’ Club president, David Warner, and among those present at the ceremony were Derby Evening Telegraph cricket correspondent, Mark Eklid, and two of Gerald’s closest colleagues in the Derby box, Neil Hallam and Nigel Gardner.
Derbyshire CCC chief executive, Simon Storey, also attended, and the Club provided a splendid buffet for the event.
The plaque reads:
The Cricket Writers’ Club
Placed in affectionate remembrance of
17 July 1935 - 30 December 2013
The Derby Evening Telegraph’s man for all seasons
Picture, by courtesy of David Griffin, shows, from left: Mark Eklid, David Warner, Nigel Gardner and Neil Hallam.