CRICKET: Horncastle club stalwart steps aside after 30 years of service

Julian Loveley EMN-140331-082757001
Julian Loveley EMN-140331-082757001

After 30 years service to Horncastle Cricket Club, club stalwart Julian Lovely has finally decided the time is right for him to hang up his pads.

Over the past three decades Julian, more affectionately known to all as Bob, has been a constant figure down at the Coronation Walk ground tending to the wicket and outfield.

His knowledge and dedication, has seen the ground develop into one of the best playing surfaces for miles around.

Behind the scenes Bob has also worked tirelessly as treasurer for many years and has steered the club through some tough years.

He leaves the club in a very healthy financial position; thanks to his excellent bookkeeping skills and the support of sponsors and local businesses.

Club chairman Dean Wilkinson said: “Bob has been a great servant to the club over the past 30 years.

“The hours and work he has put into the ground has gone unnoticed by many. The club is grateful for his efforts, I’m sure we’ll still see him down supporting the club and we’ll be still call on his expertise.”

The treasurer’s role has been taken on by last season’s Sunday captain Nathan Whiting while the groundsman duties are being shared between the club members.

The club would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be able offer a few hours a week to help with grass cutting and general ground maintenance.