Funeral to be held at Haycombe Crematorium on Monday 22nd February at 1pm.
The club are very sorry to announce the passing of former player Dave Wharton at the age of 62 following a brave battle against cancer.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.
Memories Of Dave Wharton
by Ian Jones, former MCC Chairman and Friend.
A left arm fast medium bowler is a rarity in club cricket . Dave was that person – with an ability to move the ball both ways off the seam and in the air. By his own admission, he was not the fastest out of the blocks but by the time he reached the wicket his height gave him that all important advantage and he could achieve bounce even on the artificial at the Withy. However taking a quick single with him when batting was always fraught with danger!
Dave joined the Club in 1984 when he moved to North Wraxall, having previously played for Goatacre, and played for the club for well over 20 seasons. During this time he played for all three XI’s, captained the thirds, and appeared on the Club Honours Board for no less than 8 successive seasons between 1996 and 2003.
As his captain in both the 2nds and 3rds, he would always give 100%. In the early days there were no overs restrictions , so bowling Dave for 23 overs from one end and Geoff Hall for 22 from the other was not exactly rocket science! Dave not only enjoyed the respect of his fellow team members but that of many members of the opposition.
As well as representing the club on the pitch, Dave also served on the committee, ran a bar team and captained the Club’s Friday night dart team. Dave was a passionate darts player and threw his darts a bit like his bowling, usually fast and straight, and under his captaincy the Club won the local Colerne darts league on a number of occasions. Darts of course also gave Dave the chance to visit a number of local hostelries, many now sadly defunct, to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, and down a pint or two.
In his later years having retired from the field of play, he was a passionate supporter of the Club, turning up at Broadley on many a Saturday afternoon to support whichever team was playing at home. I treasure the many circuits of the boundary reminiscing about past exploits often in the company of Dave Gray and Chris Watson. In this sense , he was a true and loyal Club member.
As a tourist, he was always lively enjoying the odd Panatella and glass of ale. He was part of an Old Codgers tour some 2 or 3 years ago to Barnstaple to visit old haunts at North Devon and Braunton .
I am privileged to have been in his company, taken on board his advice on the field and shared many convivial evenings. I’m sure St Peter has been assailed with many vociferous appeals. No need for Hawkeye or “Snicko”, Dave knew he was always right!
RIP Dave – you did MCC proud