CRICKET

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

BRID­GEND Town Cricket Club has lost an­other ded­i­cated se­nior states­man with the death last week of life mem­ber Jake Col­lier from Coy­church, aged 89.

It comes just six months af­ter the death of his long­stand­ing friend Charles Grif­fiths MBE.

Be­tween them the pair were ma­jor cat­a­lysts in Brid­gend Town now en­joy­ing one of the most suc­cess­ful spells in its 178-year his­tory.

They gal­vanised the club af­ter the New­bridge Fields pavil­ion was burnt down a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago, re­sult­ing in splen­did new facilities even­tu­ally be­ing con­structed.

A se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor with the NHS, Jake ded­i­cated the bulk of his leisure time to the game he loved – cricket.

He cap­tained both Tondu and Llan­dudno be­fore tak­ing on a sim­i­lar role with Brid­gend Town in 1972.

A tal­ented left-hand open­ing bats­man and lethal leg­gie, he was part of the Brid­gend Town side that in 1978 lifted the Welsh Club Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

How­ever, later in his ca­reer it was as a legspin­ner that he made the big­gest im­pact with Brid­gend Town, Glam­or­gan No­mads and the XL Club (Over 40s).

He was Brid­gend Town chair­man for five years from 1997, and re­mained a dom­i­nant mem­ber of the club dur­ing the re­main­der of his life.

Jake was also a fine ta­ble tennis player, and was chair­man of Coy­church Lower Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

His ded­i­ca­tion and love of Brid­gend Town CC re­mained with him to the end, as three days be­fore his death he at­tended a match in New­bridge Fields.

Sadly, with his de­par­ture its re­lieved Brid­gend Town CC of an­other of the great men that were the rocks on which the club was built.

Jake Col­lier, left, with long­stand­ing friend Charles Grif­fiths

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