The club is deeply saddened to announce the death of Life Member David Roberts.
David was involved with the club from the early 1950s when he started his playing career in the very first junior team at the club in 1953 and went on to become a much valued and much appreciated member of the successful 1st Xl in the 1960s, 70s and onto the 1980s. He became part of a highly respected opening partnership with his life long friend David Jackson and they became masters at working the quick single and unsettling the opposition. They never called, just trusted each others judgement, and to my recollection neither was ever run out whilst batting together.
Both before and after his retirement David played a full part in the running of the club particularly as assistant to Brian Marshall on the ground and with his work behind the bar where he was particularly responsible for the cleaning of the beer pipes for many years and was always proud of the quality of the draught beer and lager served in the clubhouse. Along with his trusty and ever reliable tractor he was he was always available to “fetch and carry” anything which was required. For all his efforts he was elected a Life Member of the club a number of years ago.
As well as at the cricket club David will be much missed around the village with his responsibilities as a Parish Councillor, Spofforth in Bloom, tidying of the church yard – the list is endless. However he will be missed greatest by his family and on behalf of everyone at the club we offer our condolences to Val, James, Rachel and Emma and his grand-daughters Holly and Daisy.
He will be very greatly missed by us all.