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Obituary News

By Richard Fennah

Obituary News

Bryan Lowe – A WONDERFUL cover point

THE death has occured of former Cheshire captain and chairman Bryan Mellalieu Lowe, who went on to become President of the County Club and the Cheshire County League. He would have been 90 on November 5.
Bryan was born at Worsley in 1915 and was educated at Leigh GS and Cheadle Hulme School.
His cricket career was spent with Monton from 1934-39, Cheadle Hulme from 1940-52 and latterly at Macclesfield 1953-63 . He played for Cheshire from 1948 to 1963, scoring 3,358 runs at an average of 23 including three centuries in days when wickets and run-scoring were of a lesser quality than today. He took 44 catches and became well-known throughout Minor Counties cricket and elsewhere for his brilliant cover point fielding which was likened to that of Lancashire’s famous Cyril Washbrook.
He captained the county club from 1954-58 and later became chairman from 1965-83, going on to serve as president from 1988-91. He was also one of the County League’s longest serving presidents (1988-93)
Bryan leaves a widow, Mary and family.
His funeral is at Macclesfield Crematorium on Tuesday, November 10 at 2 p.m.


ONE of the longest-serving administrators in Cheshire cricket, Ian Bishop died aged 81 on Sunday, October 25 after a long illness.
Hale Barns secretary Jon Petch writes: “Ian joined the club in 1979 as a player and later contributed greatly to the management of the club as chairman when he particularly enjoyed hosting Match Day Sponsored Teas which brought in considerable revenue.
“He was made a Life Member in 2003 and served as President from 2008-2112. He helped form the Cheshire Umpires & Scorers Association along with Tony Morris, later becoming President of the Meller Braggins League and was latterly a Vice president.
“He was passionate about cricket in all its forms, especially at Brooks Drive and although he had been unwell for many months, he always kept in touch with results and other developments. He was a kind- hearted man who always took the trouble to get to know people in all areas of Cheshire cricket and contributed greatly to its development over more than a quarter-century”.
Ian leaves a widow, Gwynne and family.
His funeral is at Altrincham Crematorium on Thursday, November 5 at 12 noon followed by a wake at Hale Barns CC.

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