Tributes have been paid to Terry Clegg, a former Penrith Cricket Club player and supporter following his death at the age of 75.
Penning a tribute on behalf of ex-team mates and colleagues, Mike Parker, of Penrith, fondly recalled Terry as a “cricketing nomad” who played for a number of clubs during his career.
“His formative years were spent playing for Lowerhouse Cricket Club (Burnley) in what was an extremely competitive Lancashire League,” writes Mike.
“He gained a reputation as a promising medium paced bowler and mid to lower order batsman.
“On leaving Lowerhouse Terry joined Kendal Cricket Club and further enhanced his potential with some outstanding performances in the Northern League.
“Terry moved to Penrith in 1979 and spent five enjoyable and successful years with the club.
“In his time at Penrith he was a member of the first team who finished runners-up in the then North Lancashire League and twice Higson Cup runners-up.
“Terry brought his Lancashire League up-bringing to the side with his aggressive bowling and steely mid to lower order batting, plus his never-say-die attitude — some of this rubbed off to other players.
“He gained an excellent reputation throughout the league and an admirable respect from opposition players.”
Mike recalled a number of highlight’s during Terry’s time at the club, including an unbeaten knock of 51 in 1979 as he shared a Penrith record seventh wicket partnership of 97 with Stuart Tolmie against Workington.
A year later, with Penrith chasing a total of 217 against Millom, Terry sealed victory with a massive six hit.
He claimed a hat-trick in a game with Workington during 1981, and in the same year came a spell of bowling which destroyed Vickers Sports Club’s title hopes as he took 51 league wickets — at an average of 15.19 — and was awarded The Fred Barclay Trophy.
In his time with the club Terry took more than 200 wickets.
“Terry continued to support the club in many ways and travelled from his home in Lancashire to be a regular attendee at the ex-players’ luncheons,” said Mike.
“Not only will he be a loss to his close family but to the cricketing fraternity throughout the North of England. He was a true friend and colleague to many but his time with the Penrith Cricket Club will not be forgotten.”
Terry’s funeral was held at Burnley crematorium.