Tributes to cricket’s stalwart

Tony Jack, pictured with his wife Pauline, at their 25th wedding anniversary 2 years ago, and below, Tony Jack far right.
Tony Jack, pictured with his wife Pauline, at their 25th wedding anniversary 2 years ago, and below, Tony Jack far right.

The funeral will take place tomorrow of a man who gave more than 40 years dedicated service as a scorer at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Tributes have been paid to Tony Jack, from Norton, who sadly passed away following a battle with cancer.

copy pics. Tony Jack, right, who was a scorer at Scarborough Cricket Club. For obit. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122553b 22/06/12

copy pics. Tony Jack, right, who was a scorer at Scarborough Cricket Club. For obit. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122553b 22/06/12

David Byas, a former captain of both Scarborough and Yorkshire Cricket Clubs, said that the dedication and committment which Tony had given to the club was a remarkable acheivement and could not be matched on or off the field.

He added that he had been scoring for the second team from the tender age of nine-years-old and progressed to the first team when he was about 12 or 13-years-old.

“It’s only when you lose people like him you realise what worth and value his commitment was,” he said.

“I’ve known Tony since I started playing at the club at the age of 15. He was just a wonderful bloke. What he has done will never be matched.”

He added that Tony was very unassuming. “He wasn’t loud, he wasn’t boisterous and he wasn’t the focus of attention. He was never going to be in your face – you wouldn’t know he was there. But that’s the role of the scorer.”

David said that Tony had seen the club go through its most successful period – including scoring at Lords in the five successful National Club Championship finals of 1972, 1976, 1979, 1981 and 1982.

Nick Tubbs, a Scarborough solicitor and a player at the club, agreed that Tony was a “great bloke” who had given the club many years dedicated service. He added: “He would have scored so many games involving great players of league cricket. He’s seen captains and players come and go.”

He added that Tony had a great sense of humour but managed to keep the players in line. “He was capable of some quite sharp put downs and he wasn’t nervous about telling us how bad we were.”

Nick said that Tony was a “mild, gentle and kind” man. “Everybody respected and liked him. He was a Scarborough lad but lived in Norton for many years because he worked there.”

According to a statement issued by Scarborough Cricket Club Tony was first diagnosed with cancer in November 2009 which led to the removal of an eye.

Despite this he continued his scoring duties with “fortitude and determination”.

Sadly the cancer returned earlier this year, this time in the liver, and although he had indicated that he would continue to score during the current season he did not manage to return to his duties.

Several tributes were posted on the club’s website including one from Whitby Cricket Club which read: “Sad to hear that. A lovely bloke. Condolences from all at Whitby CC.”

Michael Thompson, a former club player, said: “Great scorer and even better person. Always friendly and welcoming to players who were not from the area.”

• The funeral service will be held tomorrow at 1.20pm at Woodlands Crematorium in Woodlands Drive.