Cricket stalwart’s ashes are scattered at club’s grounds

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The ashes of cricket stalwart Mitch Smith are to be scattered on the grounds of Halstead Cricket Club on Saturday.

A short ceremony will be held at 12 noon, ahead of the first eleven’s home game against Elmstead Grasshoppers, and anyone who knew him is welcome to attend.

Michael Smith, known as Mitch, died in April aged 77.

He first joined the club as a schoolboy at Colchester Royal Grammar. He held several roles throughout his time at the club, including colts and first team captain, chairman and treasurer.

Towards the end of his playing career, he became a qualified umpire and sat on the Two Counties umpire panel.

He was awarded the title of honorary life member in 1985 in recognition of his dedicated service to the club.