Tributes paid to village cricket club’s president

Derek Fox, president of Wrenthorpe Cricket Club, has died aged 76.
Derek Fox, president of Wrenthorpe Cricket Club, has died aged 76.
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Wrenthorpe cricket players fell silent at a home game to remember their much-loved president.

A minute’s silence was held before a ball was bowled against Methley on Saturday to remember Derek Fox, who has died aged 76.

The dad-of-four was on the committee of the Central Yorkshire League outfit for more than 30 years.

He was a familiar sight at the Bradford Road ground and at Headingley, where he was a member.

Daughter Vicki Fox said: “Cricket has been part of his life for as long as I can remember. We have just grown up with it. He was an all-rounder. We remember him scoring fours and sixes when we were children.

“He’s always been a cricket fan. He spent a lot of time at Wrenthorpe and has travelled the world watching cricket -South Africa, Australasia and Barbados.”

Mr Fox showed his sporting prowess from an early age, excelling at cricket, rugby and athletics at Rothwell Grammar School.

Wrenthorpe CC secretary Phil Allan said: “At school, Derek had been asked to enter a competition to see who could throw the cricket ball the furthest, he threw the ball that far with his first throw, that he was declared the winner straight away.”

Mr Allan said the club were left in shock last week after learning of the passing of their president and former chairman.

He added: “Derek had worked tirelessly for the club and had been the league representative for over 40 years.”

Miss Fox said the family had been touched by the many messages of support since her dad’s death. Friend Simon Parsons wrote: “Derek was a one-off and was much loved and respected by all those who came into his contact.”

Mr Fox died on June 11. He is survived by his four daughters - Caroline, Rachel, Sarah and Vicki - and by his seven grandchildren. He was married for 47 years to Joan Fox who passed away in 2009. His funeral will take place next Friday at St Paul’s, Alverthorpe from 1pm.