Saturday, 18 September 2021

Cricket club stalwart given lasting memorial

TWO cricket matches will be held in Stoke Row on Sunday to commemorate a village stalwart.

TWO cricket matches will be held in Stoke Row on Sunday to commemorate a village stalwart.

Les Clark, who died a year ago, was groundsman for Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club for 27 years and was also captain of the side. He is credited with keeping the sport alive in Stoke Row during the Eighties and Nineties.

The first match at the club’s grounds in Newlands Lane begins at 12.30pm and will be a T10 for people who played with or against Les in his heyday. There will then be a T20 for younger players at about 3.30pm.

As part of the event, a plaque renaming the ground as the Les Clark Oval will be unveiled.

Anyone who wishes to take part should turn up on the day. There will be a barbecue for people to cook their own meat and guests should bring their own drinks. There will also be a bouncy castle for children.



Club member Rich Ashton said: “It’s fair to say that if it weren’t for Les, cricket may not have survived in Stoke Row.

“The stories you hear about his ability as a player are extraordinary but more than that the way he played the game.”



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