Obituaries

Dennis Leng - September 2020

Pudsey cricketer Dennis Leng died this week aged 85.

 

He started his cricketing career in the Pudsey and District Sunday School Cricket League and reached a peak in playing for Ireland against Australia in a first class fixture.

Whilst he had little connection with our Club, he is a distant relative of Alan Glover, a distinguished Pudsey Congs player and official.

Like many other people, Dennis was a part in the world wide reputation of the game of cricket in Pudsey.

We extend sympathy to his family.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

Roland Parker MBE - September 2020

It is with sadness that we record the death of Roland Parker MBE - a man, a cricketer and a gentleman of the highest standard.

 

His qualities as a cricketer shone in his batting. Stylish and elegant, he was wonderful to watch in the 1950’s as the ball sped to the cover boundary. He was Pudsey and Pudsey St Lawrence CC through and through and he served the famous club in many ways bringing distinction and quiet leadership at Tofts Road just across the road from his residence.

 

He was also a good friend to Pudsey Congs CC joining and paying his subscription for over 20 years and visited our ground on many occasions. Roland was kind to me personally as a junior at the Saints taking fielding practice and showing an interest in youngsters development. He once remarked to me that he thought Rana Naved-ul-Hasan was probably the best all round cricketer, batting, bowling and fielding in the history of the Bradford League. I would not argue with his opinion.

 

Another of his activities was as a dedicated fund raiser for several charities never sparing himself in the fundraising drive. Without doubt he was a great man in Pudsey’s rich cricketing history. 

Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

Kath Bales - January 2020

Members will be saddened to hear of the death of Kath Bales.

 

Over many years, Kath supported her husband Cliff in his playing days and later the huge administrative burden that he handled so professionally. A vivacious lady who was a staunch member of Leeds City Council Leisure Services Department and acted as City tour guide in retirement.

 

Her funeral was held on January 30th, 2020.  


Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

Ronnie Ambler - January 2020

With the death of Ronnie Ambler we are robbed of a fine gentleman and one of the last links of the old Pudsey Britannia Cricket Club.

 

Sadly this news has just reached me. In a few conversations with me, he recalled many of his cricketing exploits especially during his military service. Ronnie played in the era of the legendary Herbert Sutcliffe and was a great friend of his son William Herbert Hobbs Sutcliffe (Bill)

There where many invitations for Bill to play cricket around the country and he always insisted that Ronnie was invited also to play, which meant they had a whale of a time.


Ronnie was a fine figure of a man even as he turned 90 years visiting his old ground for a Sunday lunchtime drink and I also understand he was a very fine bowler.

 

He was certainly part of Pudsey's rich cricketing heritage.

Ralph W Middlebrook
Chairman
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club

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