Stoner Cricket Club

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Anthony Gillingham

 

Anthony Gillingham died on March 20th 2002, aged 84. He left his body to medical science, so there will be no funeral. Eventually his ashes will be spread on his grandfather's grave and at sea.

There is a memorial gathering at Bedales on 29th June 2002 at 14.30 hours to which all are welcome - with contributions of memories about Anthony in words and music. Anthony requested that any donations in his memory should be made to the RNLI.

There will be a discussion at the AGM on anything Stoner wishes to do in his memory. This will be on the Friday of Stoner Week, but anyone unable to attend is welcome to make written suggestions in advance.

Speaking personally I only knew Anthony for a few years when he attended Stoner Week to spectate, support and score. He seemed to me to be the best type of eccentric, full of character, not letting the younger generation get too full of themselves, but always offering his support. Stoner has had a wealth of such characters passing on their love of cricket and its best traditions to younger players, and with the increasing predominance of competitive limited overs cricket, this type of support is sorely needed if the best aspects of the game are to be retained, at least at Stoner.

I understand that Anthony was in his prime an aggressive batsman, and equally a character in his younger days as when I knew him. Any contributions from those who knew him in his younger days would be welcomed and will be added to this page. I only have the one photo of him, taken at a Stoner Event in 1990, but if anyone has a better picture they can send me I will gladly add it to this page.

I have now received the following from Mike Ashken:

Thank you for asking about any memories of Anthony's cricketing talent. I played a lot of cricket both with and against Anthony in the mid 1940's - mid 1960's era.

Anthony was a very flamboyant batsman who scored almost all his runs in front of the wicket with powerful drives. Many of these were in the air way over the fieldsman's head.

In his prime, Anthony had also been a bowler. One day whilst bowling in the nets, he bowled a ball which hit the ground just in front of his feet. This had the most amazing long term effect in that he was never able to bowl again without a severe anxiety that the ball would end up by his feet.

Anthony would field in Benn's notorious leg trap as one of the 3 fielders close in on the leg side. He had 2 habits which could be described with hindsight as upper class sledging! He would either be clicking his fingers or hum some choral tune!

Anthony was always very encouraging to the younger players and even in his later years he would be an enthusiastic spectator and make some supportive comment about one's innings even if it hadn't lasted very long!

Anthony demonstrated the ideal combination of a good teacher in combining his maths teaching with a number of extra curricular activities which fortunately for us included his enthusiasm for cricket.