Tributes paid to county cricket servants

Date: Saturday 10th March 2001

FIRST team captain Simon Dutton and chairman of cricket Barry Parker are to stand down, after years of notable service, at the annual meeting of Cumberland County Cricket Club, to be held at the Shap Wells Hotel on 30th March.

Tributes to both men are paid by club chairman Alan G. Wilson in his annual report.

Of Simon Dutton, Barrow, who led the county team to the Minor Counties Championship in 1999, the chairman says: "Without doubt, he has been the most successful captain Cumberland has ever elected."

Dutton will remain a county player, with Martin Lewis, who lives at Ulverston, taking over as captain.

Workington-based Barry Parker, a former county player who has given many years of dedicated service on the committee, is to be made a life member on stepping down from the position of chairman of cricket. This position will now be filled by Alan Pemberton, Barrow.

A reduction in the grant from the Minor Counties Cricket Association led to a loss on season 2000 of just over £4,000, but the club is financially solid through investments in building societies.

During the coming season, Cumberland will play county competition matches at Keswick and Askam, and championship matches at Carlisle, Barrow and Netherfield. The championship matches are over three days.