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Popular Morley and Methley opener Steve Rowse dies aged 61

Popular Morley and Methley opener Steve Rowse dies aged 61

Members of Methley and Morley are mourning the loss of their former opening batsman Steve Rowse who has died aged 61.

The left hander helped both clubs to outstanding successes during a career which also saw him give service to Hunslet Nelson, Horsforth, Idle, Gildersome, Liversedge and Thornhill.

Possibly his finest hour came at Lord’s in 1998 when he helped Methley win the National Village Cup by defeating Gloucestershire side Apperley by 61 runs.

Rowse made 94 from 113 balls as he shared in an opening stand of 152 with Alec Gilston (62) which helped Methley to 238-3 before bowling out their rivals for 177.

In 1999, Rowse was a consistent run scorer as Methley completed a Central Yorkshire League and Jack Hampshire Cup double.

Morley 1987: From left: Richard Mollett, Barry Haigh, Ray Smith, Steve Rowse, Andy Jarvis, Peter Arundel (Captain) Howard Leach, John Blakeway,  Ian Exley, Andy Morgan, Peter Lloyd. 

Rowse was no stranger to winning honours.  In 1985 he marked his first season at Morley by helping them win the Central Yorkshire League title.

His runs made him a firm favourite at Scatcherd Lane, and he also impressed in the 1986 Heavy Woollen Cup final triumph over Chickenley at Mirfield.

One of Rowse’s closest cricketing friends and his captain at Morley in 1985 was league management board member Peter Arundel.

Arundel, who visited his old pal at St James’ Hospital on Saturday, said: “This is a really sad. I have known Steve since our junior days at Hunslet Nelson.

“We have played a lot of cricket together over the years and been good mates. Me and my wife Carol are godparents to his youngest daughter Helen.

“Steve is going to be missed by a lot of people and those who played with him have lost somebody they admired

“Make no mistake, he was a fine cricketer and one of the bravest opening batsmen I played with. He put a high price on his wicket and was a fine player of fast bowling. I can remember him taking a real peppering from a young Australian fast bowler at Altofts.

“I reckon 10 of the first 12 balls he received were bouncers. We were making our feelings felt from the boundary, but Steve had the perfect response. When the young bowler attempted a yorker he smashed the ball back over his head for six.”

After leaving Morley, Rowse joined Liversedge and helped them defeat WYCO in the 1988 Jack Hampshire Cup final at Thornhill.

In recent years he has been a regular visitor at Scatcherd Lane where he had so many happy times.

Rowse leaves two daughters Rachel and Helen.