The Sturry club are mourning the death of Maurice Collingwood, batsman of yesteryear, whose funeral service is at St Nicholas Church, Sturry, on Monday, February 12 (11am). In his day there were few, if any, league fixtures at weekends and Collingwood played for Sturry in so-called friendlies and, in midweek, the Canterbury Evening League. Founded by the Kentish Gazette, it was a 20-oversa-side competition long before the equivalent was introduced in First-class cricket. Collingwood scored a host of runs during his long career, often sharing a formidable opening partnership with the freescoring Ken Rogers. In 1960, when Sturry first entered the league, Collingwood helped them set an unenviable club record. Caught and bowled, he was one of seven Sturry batsmen out for ducks in a total of 13 against Unpredictables. There were seven extras.
Former Sturry cricketer Maurice Collingwood