TRIBUTES have been made to Stayley Cricket Club chairman Derek Whitfield who has died following a short illness.
Derek, who lived in Carrbrook, passed away at Tameside Hospital in the early hours on Tuesday (May 28). He was aged 77.
Club official Billy Bird said: “Derek will be sadly missed. Everybody at the club would like to put on record our thanks for everything he did for the club.
“Apart from being chairman, Derek was also subscriptions secretary and actively involved in the running of the club.”
Derek, who had never played cricket, had been involved with Stayley for about 20 years.
• Stayley have lost overseas player Sacheen R Paramesh for the season through injury.
Paramesh, who dislocated a shoulder fielding, has returned to Australia as he would have been ruled out for much of the season.
Stayley will not be replacing Paramesh due to the time it takes to complete the extensive paperwork needed to bring in overseas players.
• Stayley have made a disappointing start to the season winning only one of their first six games in division 1B of the Greater Manchester Cricket League to lie 11th of the 12 clubs.
It is still a marked improvement on last season when they lost their first nine games in which they failed to pick up a point before a run of eight wins in their remaining 13 matches staved off relegation.
The one league victory so far was against Bury when Pakistani professional Munir Ur Rehman Tanzeel scored 168 out of a total of 304-8 in a two-wicket success.
Stayley also posted a two-wicket win at Micklehurst in their second group game in the Tanner Cup having lost by nine wickets to Heyside in their opening match.
Micklehurst amassed 183-9 and Stayley scored 189 for eight.