Club mourns loss of ‘Mr Sewerby’

Official Opening of the the New Cricket Pavillion at Sewerby CC by Ray Allerston'PA0729-19c

Official Opening of the the New Cricket Pavillion at Sewerby CC by Ray Allerston'PA0729-19c

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SEWERBY Cricket Club’s season has started on an especially sad note after the death of an official who was the heart and soul of the club.

SEWERBY Cricket Club’s season has started on an especially sad note after the death of an official who was the heart and soul of the club.

Carl Robinson held every position at the club he had been proud to represent for almost 60 years

Mr Robinson died in Scarborough Hospital last Tuesday at the age of 73.

Steve Foster, a trustee at the club and health and safety officer at Sewerby, had known Mr Robinson for more than 30 years.

He said: “From a cricketing point of view, Carl was infectious.

“You wanted to play for Carl, you wanted to impress Carl and you wanted praise from Carl, because you had such great respect for his ability and standing in the game.

“Socially Carl was great fun, strongly opinionated and never short of anything to say. I for one will sorely miss him.”

Born in Sewerby, Mr Robinson was proud of the fact he was the only player in the team who could make that boast.

He began playing for the club at the age of 13 and took on the responsibility of captain at the tender age of 16.

He went on to make more centuries for Sewerby than any other player in the club’s history and then went on to hold a number of positions on the committee.

After his playing career, he became groundsman at the club in 1973, and after decades of service picked up an Outstanding Services to Cricket Award from the Yorkshire Cricket Board.

The judges said he ‘produced arguably the best playing surface in the area’ and that ‘despite a lack of paper qualifications his knowledge is second to none’.

Another friend from the club, Ken Rennoldson said: “I have known Carl since I came to Brid some 30 years ago and he was a friend who absolutely loved his cricket and Sewerby Cricket Club in particular.

“Never short on letting you know his opinion I will miss his candid comments during Sewerby’s matches as I am sure will many others.

“The 2011 season would have marked his 60th anniversary of involvement with the club and only a month ago he told me that he played his first game as a 13 year old boy.

“His presence on match days will be greatly missed and it will be hard for me personally to come to terms with his absence.”

Mr Robinson leaves a wife, Brenda, daughter Tracey, son Andrew, son-in-law Neil, daughter-in-law Corinna and grandchildren Ellis, Robyn and Sydney.

His funeral takes place today at 1pm at East Riding Crematorium at Octon, followed by a gathering at the Ship Inn at Sewerby.

Donations in his memory will be given to the Macmillan Wolds Unit.