Roe Green cricketers have paid tribute to club friend and well-known umpire Harry Lewis, who died this week.

The announcement was made via a Twitter post from the Worsley-based team, whose officials and members expressed their condolences to Harry’s family and friends:

It reads: “All of us at Roe Green Cricket Club are saddened to hear of the passing of great friend of the club, Harry Lewis.

“Harry is pictured here on his own bench at the club, from where he’d spend many summer afternoons watching the action out on the field following his retirement from officiating.”

Mr Lewis never played for Roe Green in his career, instead plying his trade for Prestwich Cricket Club and Stand Cricket Club respectively.

He was mostly known to Roe Green Cricket Club as an umpire, officiating in the ICL but more recently the GMCL.

But he had his own bench at the club, which he is pictured sitting on above – a sign of the club’s dear appreciation for his contribution.

Steve Fallon gave an uplifting response to the post, saying: “He will be causing havoc up there already but charming the women!! RIP Harry, they only made one like you.”

Greater Manchester Cricket League also put a statement, saying: “Harry was a former player who turned to umpiring after he finished playing and became one of the best umpires in the area.

“Always happy to share a laugh and a comment with players, his enthusiasm for the game of cricket never waned. His laughter and humour will be remembered by many with great fondness.”

Harry Lewis died on February 20, leaving a wife Sue, a son and a daughter as well as his two step sons and step daughter.


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