Memorial match will honour club greats

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Peter Rawlinson, president of Halstead Cricket Club, died at his home on December 7 after a short illness, aged 78.

The keen sportsman, who was a member of the club for almost 50 years, took up the post of chairman in 1982 and succeeded John Reynolds as president in 1995.

Mr Rawlinson was described as a true gentleman and cornerstone of the club by friends and fellow players.

He played for the club for 25 years and spent the previous summer watching games at Halstead’s Star Stile ground.

He had just completed his term of office as president of the Gents of Essex Cricket Club.

Halstead’s club press officer Callum Hansey said: “He has been a tremendous ambassador for the club. His presence at Star Stile will be sorely missed.”

The club also lost Eric Rose, a father and grandfather of players at the club, who died on December 7.

Writing on the club website, son Justin said: “Just like to say thanks to everyone for the kind messages and words since Dad’s passing.

“It has given us all a great lift in this difficult time.”

Just two days later, Braintree Cricket Club president Tom Gould died. Members of both organisations are hoping to play a memorial match to honour the three club members.