A reminder that this year's cricket club Annual General Meeting will be held at the clubhouse on Thursday 17th November. It will likely start at 7.30pm. More details will be circulated in due course.
We are very sorry to announce that Stephen Mayers passed away last week at his home at the age of 57.
Steve died from a heart attack and apparently was also dealing with the onset of Parkinson’s disease
For all of us this will be shocking news. Personal memories of Steve will bring a fond smile whilst his cricketing achievements all over Dulwich were impressive and consistent
Steve made his debut for Dulwich in 1974 and skippered the Sunday 1st XI in 1982. Steve progressed from the colts and continued to play regularly through his school days and university career at Hull before returning to live and work in South London. Over his long association with the club Steve played 321 matches, scoring 6,790 runs. He made eight centuries and thirty five fifties. His highest score was 127 not out for the Saturday 3rd XI v East Molesey in 1979. He went on become part of a formidable middle order of home grown players in the first XI. Steve also took one hundred and seven catches and four stumpings. Steve only bowled occasionally but claimed five wickets causing him much satisfaction.
Steve played regularly up till the 1986 season and then went to play for his Old Boys club, the Old Alleynians. Please see the attached tribute to Steve which describes Steve so well. He still played the odd game for DCC after 1986 and enthusiastically took part in club tours to South Wales. Fittingly, he made a century (113*) in his last game for the club which was against Mumbles on the 1989 tour.
For many of us, Steve was more than a fellow sportsman, he was a great team man and friend with a cheery twinkle in his eye and a sense of fun. Steve was an easy man to talk with and a real character in the club. Steve leaves behind his wife Yasmin and their children – Tamsin, Sienna and Tom. Steve and his brother were encouraged to play cricket by his parents who still live locally.
We understand that his funeral is being planned for the end of the month and more detail will be announced and we have an address for letters to the family.
We hope that as you receive this sad news that you will remember some of the great times that we spent with Steve both on and off the field.
Graham Duckett (a long standing Dulwich member and former first X1 skipper) writes:
“Cricketing-wise, I remember Stephen Mayers (often from 22 yards) as one of the most destructive local club batsmen of his era. He had a particularly graceful back-foot drive through the covers and, on his day, could be virtually impossible to bowl at. I batted with Steve many times between 1976 and 1986 for DCC, Hull And English Universities. There was never a dull moment, with Steve normally providing a humorous and articulate ball-by-ball commentary during our partnerships. His matter-of-fact approach took the pressure off us and could often be as entertaining as his batting. A fine and underrated player / thinker, he never seemed to take cricket or life too seriously in those days and was equally generous in victory or defeat, personal success or failure. The latter never bothered him. Highly intelligent and equipped with a fiercely inquisitive mind, he always seemed to enjoy cricket and life with a permanent “Mayers Grin” and was never one to back down in a contest, be it of the sporting or intellectual variety. The theatre would move from playing field to bar and often curry house with team mates and opponents. He was also a competent rugby and squash player, footballer, cyclist and runner. But most of all, I will remember Steve as a reliable and convivial team mate and great friend during our university days (where we shared a house) and for a few years afterwards. I have fond and happy memories of a unique character and send my condolences to all of Steve’s family.”
Stephen Christopher Mayers at Old Alleynian Cricket Club writes: “Steve Mayers’ total of 769 runs in the Cricketer Cup from 1978 to 2000 has only been exceeded by Phil Hulston amongst Old Alleynian batsmen, his top score being 125 not out at Whitgift in 1990. In all Steve made 8,518 runs in 337 League and Cup matches for OAs, his five hundreds being supplemented by a further 50 half-centuries.
Steve had been one of the outstanding Dulwich College batsmen of the 1970’s, in the Ist XI for four seasons and captain in 1977. At the University of Hull, he played in a representative English Universities team and subsequently in strong Dulwich CC sides, then one of the leading clubs in the Surrey Championship.
Steve joined the Old Alleynians full time in 1985 and was the lynch pin of the batting order into the new millennium alongside opening partners Tim Hammond and later Andy McKee. Over four consecutive league Saturdays in 1986 Hammond and Mayers posted 216, 217, 211 and 115 for the first wicket as OAs were narrowly pipped to the South Thames League title.
When OAs graduated into the second division of the Surrey Championship in 1988, Steve’s runs, tactical nous as captain and safe hands at slip did more than any other to keep OAs in the division for fourteen consecutive seasons. One unlikely highlight during this period was the dismissal of future England batting great Graeme Thorpe at Farnham as Steve added medium-paced inswing to his repertoire, along with wry commentary and observations that did much to amuse both team-mates and opponents alike. He will be greatly missed.”
Our annual bonfire night will take place this year on Saturday 5th November at the Sports Club.
Following last year's excellent evening, we are expecting another large crowd. Gates open from 5pm and we strong advise early arrival – preferably by 6pm – to avoid missing out on entry. Tickets are £5 per person with under-10s going free. There is no pre-sale of tickets.
As well as fireworks there will be food, drink and children's activities. For more information, including for disabled access, please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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