It gave me great pleasure when I learnt Newark Cricket Club had named its revamped pavilion after the late Chris Grant (Bowled Over By Help From County Players, Advertiser, March 29).
I first met Chris in 1953 when I made my debut for Yorkshire against Leeds University in a pre-season friendly.
We became, and remained, good friends.
Over the years I had the pleasure of bringing a side from Doncaster to play Newark — a fixture we thoroughly enjoyed.
I was delighted when invited to play on President’s Day.
In later years I assisted Chris and Andrew Fearn in running sports dinners to raise funds for Newark Cricket Club with the booking of many famous names as speakers. These proved to be a great social and financial success.
Chris was a true Newark man; he loved the town, he loved the people and was very proud to be their representative as mayor.
Not only was he a fine cricketer in his own right, he was summed up perfectly by Gilbert and Sullivan, who he admired greatly, with their words from HMS Pinafore — “he was a fine English gentleman.”
Well done Newark Cricket Club, a most kind and thoughtful decision. — Mike Cowan, ex-Yorkshire Cricket Club, Doncaster.