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