James Backshell Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a cherished and life-long member of our club, James Backshell, affectionately known as Jim. Jim’s connection to our club ran deep, as he began his journey here at a tender age, starting in our Junior teams and ascending through the ranks until he became an integral part of our 1st XI. On the cricket field, Jim was a natural talent, renowned for his hard-hitting prowess with the bat and his exceptional fielding skills. His contributions to the team were immeasurable, and his presence on the pitch was always a source of inspiration.
Sadly, a recurring knee injury prematurely concluded Jim’s playing days. However, he seamlessly transitioned into a role that was equally vital to the club’s success. Jim became our Head Groundsman, dedicating himself to pitch preparation. Under his watchful eye, our grounds became renowned for their quality, producing some of the finest pitches in the county. Jim embodied the spirit of a one-club man, investing copious amounts of time, energy, and passion into the club as a player, committee member, Groundsman, and unwavering supporter.
His commitment and dedication helped our club thrive and achieve enduring success. As we mourn the loss of Jim, we extend our deepest condolences to his close family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. The legacy of his devotion to our club will forever be cherished, and we are eternally grateful for his contributions that have shaped our history.