Tributes to vil­lage’s crick­et­ing leg­end

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

TRIBUTES have been paid to crick­et­ing stal­wart Der­rick Brooke.

Der­rick, the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of Pott Shrigley Cricket Club and cred­ited with help­ing its rise to Di­vi­sion 1 of the Cheshire Cricket League, has died aged 86.

Der­rick, from Bolling­ton, is also author of ‘Gone To Pott’, a book on lo­cal cricket, and ran the Cy­cle, Sports and Toy Shop on Palmer­ston Street with his wife Kitty for many years.

Gra­ham Hack­ney, Der­rick’s good friend and sec­re­tary fo Pott Shrigley Cricket Club, said Der­rick will be greatly missed.

He said: “Der­rick lived all his life in Bolling­ton and played cricket for Pott Shrigley Cricket Club since 1950. He was the lead­ing fig­ure in im­prov­ing stan­dards both on and off the field for al­most 50 years. Well re­spected in crick­et­ing cir­cles over a wide area, we will miss him greatly.”

He added: “He did a lot to im­prove our fa­cil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing a good class of cricket for all ages in the area. His drive, com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship to con­stantly im­prove our Club was the driv­ing force in Der­ricks’s life.”

Born John Der­rick Brooke in Bolling­ton on Au­gust 10, 1930, Der­rick - as he was known - fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his fa­ther Jack, who played for Bolling­ton Cricket Club. Der­rick served with the Royal Mil­i­tary Police in Ger­many for two years, and mar­ried Kitty in 1951 af­ter his re­turn.

It was around this time that Der­rick joined fam­ily friend Ge­of­frey Hard­ing and brother-in-law Fred Wrigley to help the Pott Shrigley Club rise through the ranks. He served 15 years as the 1st XI skip­per, and a fur­ther two years on the sec­ond XI.

This was fol­lowed by 13 years as sec­re­tary and eight as chair­man. He also served the ju­nior cricket club and when he even­tu­ally stopped play­ing, con­tin­ued his pas­sion for the game by work­ing as a grounds­man. In 2008 Der­rick was awarded a life­time achieve­ment award by the English Cricket Board, also known as the ‘Crick­et­ing Os­cars’.

Der­rick’s son Ian said: “He had a huge pas­sion for cricket and the out­doors. He worked most of his life as a gar­dener and green keeper. Everyone knew him, he was very well known.”

Pay­ing trib­ute on our Face­book page, Neil Hack­ney said: “Der­rick was at the heart of the club and the com­mu­nity, mark­ing out the wicket, look­ing af­ter the pav­il­ion and spending hours and hours up there with Beauty, his dog. A lovely man. Rest in peace and thoughts with his fam­ily.”

Der­rick was suf­fer­ing from De­men­tia when he died on November 14. His fu­neral will be at St Christo­pher’s Church Pott Shrigley on Wed­nes­day, November 30, at 1pm.

Left, Der­rick Brooke be­low, Der­rick gives a team talk dur­ing his time as skip­per, pic­tured in 1954

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