Brian Crockett

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The Welsh cricket community learnt today, January 21st, that one of its most steadfast stalwarts had passed away. 

Brian Crockett had undertaken a list of responsibilities within the game so long that it is unlikely to be surpassed.  Brian’s health has been poor for three or four years but, until recently, continued to work on behalf of the game as hard as he could.   Brian’s contributions were made at every level in the recreational game: locally, he had been secretary of Margam CC for many years; regionally he occupied several different offices on behalf of the West Glamorgan Regional Junior Development Committee and was an active committee member of the South Wales Junior League (one of the largest in the UK); nationally, he worked on behalf of the former Welsh Cricket Association as Assistant Secretary (running the Welsh Cup among other things) and as Secretary.  Brian naturally became a member of the organising committee of the Wales Minor County XI.  As if all this was not enough, Brian was an influential force on behalf of the South Wales Cricket Association as Secretary and Treasurer besides his work on sub-committees concerned with discipline, marketing and grounds.  

In later years, Brian became the first Treasurer of the South Wales Premier League, before ill health caused him to stand down.  However, before all this, when Child Welfare became a national issue, single-handed, Brian set up a system for the dissemination of information and its administration.  CRB (now DBS) forms are part and parcel of life in our cricketing world and drove this along in the face of much apathy with the single-minded determination that characterised his work.  

No job was too great or too insignificant for Brian: he was always available for advice (and I often sought it myself) which was freely given.    If Brian had a hat for every post that he had filled in the cricket world (besides his membership of a local  Sports Council and Community Chest Panel) he would need to have built an extension on to his house to accommodate them all!     

Our condolences are offered to Brian’s wife, Mairwen and his family for their loss.  They, above all, know how bravely Brian withstood the various bouts of ill-health that he had endured in recent years.  Cricket has lost a true friend.

RAV
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