Long serving Bristol & District officials step aside

THREE officials who between them have contributed more than 120 years of service to the Bristol & District Cricket League have stepped down from their roles.

It’s a major changing of the guard as chair Trevor Crouch (middle), vice chair and president Roger Neck (far right) and secretary Tony Hitch all head for the boundary edge after remarkable innings.

Roger has racked up 46 years of service, closely followed by Tony (40 years) and Trevor (37 years) with the trio taking on a wide number of roles and responsibilities.
Roger, who was also the founding chair of Taveners in 1961 and umpired for the best part of 20 summers when his playing career came to an end, spent many years on disciplinary and divisional committees.
Tony, meanwhile, played for Almondsbury where he was also secretary and fixture secretary, and represented his club on a B&D divisional committee ahead of becoming acting secretary and then taking on the key administrative role permanently.
Trevor became Bristol & District vice chair in 1986 before filling the post of chair for 35 years. An opening bat for Old Georgians, he also served as chair of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (now the Foundation) for 13 years and continues to umpire locally too.
The trio stood aside at this week’s annual meeting with Trevor becoming president.
Newly elected chair John Peplow said: “These three men have made a fantastic contribution to the league, and all our clubs should be grateful for the thousands of hours of hard work that they have put in to help cricketers across the generations.
“This is a big league, one of the biggest in the country with something like 190 teams. There have been some major changes and challenges to deal with over the years, and their enthusiasm and energy have helped bring us to where we are now.
“We’re sad to see them go, but we will be staying in contact and looking to the future with their support.”

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