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Absent Friends

Scarborough Cricket Club have set up this section to pay tribute to former members, players, and supporters of the club. This is a lasting memory to loved ones and friends who have supported and given so much to a very grateful club. 

This has been started in 2020, but we would really welcome brief biographies from relatives of those who passed prior to this year. If you'd like to contribute, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We've names this section 'absent friends', and see it as a way to pay our respects to those who were friends to this great club.


John Midgley (Dec 2019). The club were sorry to learn that former Club Secretary John Midgely passed away on 31 December 2019. John was a club official from 1961 until 1975 starting as Assistant Club Secretary and later becoming Club Secretary.
John was a very popular man who left the club in 1975 to take up a role in the South of England. At the 1976 Annual General Meeting the club were delighted to elect John an Honorary Life Member.

Michael Sharman (Feb 2020).  We were sorry to receive news that long-standing Life Member Michael Sharman passed away on 18 February. Michael was a regular visitor to North Marine Road and had been a member since 1967. Everyone at Scarborough Cricket Club would like to pass on their sincere condolences to Margaret and the family.

Chris Welford (July 2020). Chris was a regular at North Marine Road to both county and club matches. He had been a Life Member for some time, and was well regarded by all those who knew him.

John Parkinson (April 2020). John Parkinson had been a life member of SCC for many years. I (daughter Katie) have many happy memories of meeting him for picnic teas at North Marine Road towards the end of the day's play in the late 60s/early 70s.

Eileen Tune (May 2020). Eileen passed away in May.  She was a member of SCC for over 20 years, I believe (son Chris). It was only the reduction of her mobility in 2018 that prevented her extending her membership. Her last day at North Marine Road was on the 25th June 2018 versus Surrey on a warm glorious day. Mum had some wonderful days the club, in all sorts of weather and enjoyed some great cricket and made some great friends. If you could mention her passing in any obituaries or newsletters then that way, people can be informed.

Bill Pincher (September 2019). William Leslie Pincher and first came to North Marine Road in 1971 at the same time as Phil Hart. He was known as either Pinch or Bill or Billy. Hard hitting batsman and right arm fast medium - deceptively fast off an innocuous and shortish run up.

He played in the first final at Lord's in 1972, and was the bowler when Colin Oxtoby caught and stumped the batsman off the same ball and each umpire had a finger raised!!! Following a spell with Saltburn Cricket Club he returned to North Marine Road as groundsman and played in the in the last Final at Lord's in 1982 when he scored 61 in a low scoring game including a huge six into the seats!

Bill was married to Sue and they had two girls Sarah and Vicky. For a period of time he lived in the groundsman’s flat which was situated above the former shop where the Jack Knowles building now stands at the main entrance into the ground.

Club Board member and former team-mate Nick Tubbs said ’’I remember a powerful and destructive batsman who could change a game in a few overs and often did. I think Harty would tell you that Pinch hit the biggest six he ever saw at Halifax CC; I recall the huge hit at Lord's in 1982 and also a hundred vs Doncaster Town in no time at all when up until his explosive innings SCC were progressing sedately and at risk of not setting a challenging score. As a bowler he was deceptively sharp off a short run and very good at the death when it was tight’’.

Madame Eleanor Mankowska (July 2020). Eleanor Mankowska passed away on her 101st birthday. She had been a Life member of Scarborough Cricket Club since 1944. Her father, Alderman Francis Whittaker, was club President on four separate occasions with her brother Sir Meredith Whittaker also being President when he held the post in 1978.

Stephen Gambrill (2020). Stephen became a member of Scarborough Cricket Club in 1992.

RD Gaunt (2020). Mr Gaunt had been a valued life member of the club.

MW Harrison (2020). Mr Harrison joined Scarborough Cricket Club in 1990.

Mrs V Sadler (2020). Mrs Sadler had been a life member of the club since 1992

Michael Bayes (2020). Michael became a Senior member of Scarborough Cricket Club in 1975

Gordon Bower (August 2020) - Gordon became a lifetime member in the late 1980’s when he moved to the area and was a regular visitor to the ground where he met many friends year after year. He always said there was no better place to watch cricket than the wonderful ‘Scarbados”!

JM Dunham (August 2020). Mr Dunham had been a Life Member at North Marine Road for some time.

Bryan Berryman (September 2020) Bryan had been a Life Member of Scarborough Cricket Club for some years.

BW Found (January 2020) Mr Found had been a Life Member since 1997

KFC Merchant (April 2020) Mr Merchant had been a Life Member since 2006

Connie Rennard (August 2020) Connie had been a Life Member since 1979. One of her sons had also played for the Club and even took the club team to Lords.

Mrs L Sedgwick (August 2020) Mrs Sedgwick had been a Life Member since 1977

Brian Richardson (August 2020) Mr Richardason had been a Member of Scarborough Cricket Club for some time and loved the times he had down at the Ground.