Another sad day for the Heywood Cricket Club family yesterday with the news of the passing of long time member David Shepherd and former professional John Reid.
Reid played for the club for 3 seasons from 1952-54 and famously did the double in his final season with an incredible 1,373 runs and 113 wickets, a truly astonishing feat. He passed away in New Zealand at the age of 92. He had been the first New Zealand captain to win a Test Match.
David Shepherd had a much longer involvement with the club having been involved since being a pupil at Heywood Grammar School.
His career as a player was spent mostly in the second eleven where he saw success as captain in 1967 leading the side to the league title. Coupled with the 1st XI also winning their title this saw the club take the Aggregate Cup.
A committee member and one time vice-chairman of the club David went on to represent the club as a league representative and eventually would serve the Central Lancashire League as a committee member, auditor and Chairman. He was awarded life membership of the league.
David passed away aged 82 after a short illness, his funeral is on Monday 26th October at 10.30am at Rochdale Crematorium.
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