Terry sadly passed away just before Xmas and his funeral will be held in St. Peter’s Chapel at the Exeter and Devon Crematorium on Thursday, 10th January at 1:30pm.
Pictured second from the right, in the back row of the above cup winning team photo from 1970, Terry was so close to everything we have achieved at Bradninch Cricket Club and he will be greatly missed.
As a cricketer, Terry’s talent and knowledge of the game will be best known by the older members of clubs in the North & East Devon League of the 1970s, however there is so much more, as Terry was a true stalwart of our cricket club spanning six decades.
Moving to Devon in the late 1960s, Terry was that rare recruit who knew the game and knew how to win. A shrewd and motivational captain, and the most reliable of opening batsmen, who made an art of running 1s and 2s long before T20, Terry quickly made his mark.
Joining a young team in their late teens and early 20s, he not only fostered those quick singles, but also the closest of fielding positions when we bowled; creating enormous pressure and ensuring the opposition could not return the favour. Picture opening the batting facing two decent seamers, with a silly mid on and off, a short leg, silly point, gully, cover and three slips.
Playing a form of 20 over cricket now lost to fielding circles and power plays, we won the Bass Charrington evening knock out cup at Exeter St Thomas in 1970, never scoring or chasing more than 80, such was our dominance in the field.
Off the field, Terry and his lovely wife Sue were ever present and with our current President Roy Nott and his wife Ann, were mainstays of the club throughout the 1970s. With the help of a local brewery representative, Terry installed and set up our first bar, which as for many clubs, was instrumental in attracting new members and raising funds to improve facilities.
Although he moved on to golf with his son Gary in the mid-80s, he remained an active social member and strong supporter, always in touch with the ups and downs on the playing side and returned to an active role in the late 90s, when Gary moved back to Devon and called time on his professional golf career.
In 2001, when the club had dropped to the ‘C’ Division, like many clubs today we were struggling to find a captain, who had both the time and the talent to lead the side. We found the answer in Terry, who took up the position of 1st XI Match Manager, to allow Chris Acton to take on the captaincy and with the recruitment of Joel Murphy, the winning formula was set.
The enthusiasm and intent was tangible with a youthful developing side and after a two year winning run, we were back in the ‘A’ Division primed for even greater times. The rest as they say is history, but these were the formative years that underpinned everything we enjoy today.
Despite being diagnosed and suffering with Lymphoma for the last ten years, Terry has remained positive and is by far the longest living survivor of a clinical trial of a debilitating, but life extending treatment programme.
He has not just survived though, with all his sporting heart he has continued playing golf until very recently and as a loving family man, supported the equally brave and magical Sue, as each day became more challenging until she passed away just a month ago.
Terry was the most loyal clubman and friend, and for all those young cricketers, myself included, who grew up and learnt the game of cricket under his watchful eye, let’s say a big thank you, as a very special and meaningful innings comes to a close.