Club’s memorial bench tribute to Batley cricket legend Philip

Club’s memorial bench tribute to Batley cricket legend Philip

A MEMORIAL bench has been unveiled in honour of a Batley cricket legend who died earlier this year.

Philip Akroyd, who passed away in January, was an avid fan of Mount Cricket Club in Staincliffe.

He also supported the coaching of junior players and named the club as a beneficiary in his will.

In tribute, a bench with a plaque bearing his name is now in front of the dressing rooms.

It was fitting that on the day of its unveiling by Philip’s widow Patsy that the club launched its latest junior coaching scheme.

More than 80 boys and girls aged eight to 15 will be schooled by ECB-qualified coaches.

Yusuf Kayat, of the cricket club, said: “We were truly saddened at the loss of a dear friend.

“When we heard of the gift he had left, we all agreed we wanted to utilise that in a way in which we would honour Philip for years to come.

“We were delighted Patsy agreed to come to the ground and unveil the new bench.

“We are equally delighted that Patsy accepted our humble offer to make her a life-long member of the club."

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