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League president's Ray Illingworth tribute

League president's Ray Illingworth tribute

League president Keith Moss presented Ray Illingworth with the coveted Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy in 2009 for his outstanding service to the Bradford League. He has paid a personal tribute to the cricketing legend.

With the passing of Ray Illingworth, the cricket world has lost a colossus. He will forever have a place at the game's top table along with the very best in our game.

Along with so many other people, I have lost a great cricketing friend. I last spoke to him four weeks ago and as usual he put me through my paces about what was going on in the Bradford League. This was always of great interest to him. He was always very perceptive and wanted the best for the league.

Ray Illingworth pictured with the Farsley team in the eighties

It was to his eternal credit that on is retirement from first class cricket that he returned to his first love Farsley, first as a player and then as a club official.

No job was off limits to Ray. He tended the pitch, went round the ground on match days with scorecards and raffle tickets. You name it, Ray did it.

It was one of the highlights of the season to meet Raymond at a match at Farsley or Pudsey St Lawrence and discuss the action. His knowledge of the game and appreciation of what was going on in the middle was a joy to listen to. It was easy to understand why he was such a fine captain with his astute reading of the game.

He will be sorely missed. England, Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Farsley and the Bradford League have been fortunate to benefit from his immense contribution to the game we all love.

RIP Ray

 

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