Tributes have been paid to cricketing stalwart Derrick Brooke.
Derrick, the longest serving member of Pott Shrigley Cricket Club and credited with helping its rise to Division 1 of the Cheshire Cricket League, has died aged 86.
Derrick, from Bollington, is also author of ‘Gone To Pott’, a book on local cricket, and ran the Cycle, Sports and Toy Shop on Palmerston Street with his wife Kitty for many years.
Graham Hackney, Derrick’s good friend and secretary fo Pott Shrigley Cricket Club, said Derrick will be greatly missed.
He said: “Derrick lived all his life in Bollington and played cricket for Pott Shrigley Cricket Club since 1950.
“He was the leading figure in improving standards both on and off the field for almost 50 years. Well respected in cricketing circles over a wide area, we will miss him greatly.”
He added: “He did a lot to improve our facilities, providing a good class of cricket for all ages in the area. His drive, commitment and leadership to constantly improve our Club was the driving force in Derricks’s life.”
Born John Derrick Brooke in Bollington on August 10, 1930, Derrick - as he was affectionately known - followed in the footsteps of his father Jack, who played for Bollington Cricket Club.
Derrick served with the Royal Military Police in Germany for two years, and married Kitty in 1951 after his return.
It was around this time that Derrick joined family friend Geoffrey Harding and brother-in-law Fred Wrigley to help the Pott Shrigley Club rise through the ranks.
He served 15 years as the 1st XI skipper, and a further two years on the second XI.
This was followed by 13 years as secretary and eight as chairman. He also served the junior cricket club and when he eventually stopped playing, continued his passion for the game by working as a groundsman.
In 2008 Derrick was extremely proud to be awarded a lifetime achievement award by the English Cricket Board, also known as the ‘Cricketing Oscars’.
Derrick’s son Ian said: “He had a huge passion for cricket and the outdoors. He worked most of his life as a gardener and green keeper. Everyone knew him, he was very well known.”
Derrick was suffering from Dementia when he died on November 14. His funeral will be at St Christopher’s Church Pott Shrigley on Wednesday, November 30, at 1pm.