(taken from Bath CC website)
The club is sorry to announce the passing of long time associate and supporter of Bath CC, Peter Wight.
Originally from British Guiana in the West Indies he played first class cricket for Somerset CCC over a period of 12 years scoring a massive 17000 first class runs in 333 matches with a highest score of 222*. He was named as one of the Playfair Cricketers of the year in 1961 during his most prolific period when he scored over 2000 runs on two occasions during 1960 – 62.
It was however after he retired that many of the Bath CC members will remember him. Many would have developed their cricketing skills in his cricket school that Peter had built in the car park with his Benefit money from Somerset back in 1965. During this time of coaching many youngsters in the Bath Area, he was also very busy becoming one of the most senior umpires in the country, officiating in a massive 567 first class matches most notably standing at Edgbaston when Brian Lara scored his record innings of 501 in 1994 for Warwickshire CCC.
The club director of cricket Gregg Brown “ This is very sad news for all at Bath CC, he has had a long affiliation with the club, having his cricket school in the car park, coaching a lot of past Bath CC and local players for many hours. He was obviously an outstanding player, but it was as an excellent coach that I remember him, he demanded dedication and discipline, I remember in one of these sessions telling me off for picking the seam, I never did that again!!! He latterly was a massive supporter of the girls and woman’s game and formed a strong bond with Jan Godman in the early set up of the Bath wanderers, before they joined forces with Bath CC. Recently he came back to the club to open the new refurbished indoor school. The club and the cricketing world will miss him”
Peter Wight- Born 25th June 1930 – Died December 2015 aged 85.
Peter was associated with Marshfield Cricket Club as part of youth training that brought through such club luminaries as Tom & Rupert Crockett, Ben White, Matt Watson and Geoff Pullin, and was made a Honorary Life President of the club. RIP Peter.