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Conway Polkinghorne RIP

25th January 2019 Posted in League and People and Umpires by Michael Weeks

It is very sad to report the death of the popular and respected former umpire Conway Polkinghorne.

One of the great characters in our local game.

Formerly from Redruth, he died on Wednesday 23 January at St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle at the age of 83.

He leaves a twin son and daughter Tim & Karen.

After playing cricket for Southgate he joined the Cornwall Association of Cricket Umpires panel in 1980 and served for 29 seasons before his retirement in 2008.

He officiated in well over 1000 games, many with his friend and colleague former Redruth groundsman Bryan Riddle.

In recognition of his service, he was elected a League Vice-President in January 2009.

As well as being a regular Cornwall League Umpire, he also officiated at many evening and youth games.

If you needed an umpire Conway would never let you down and was always ready with an amusing story.

On learning of his death, Cornwall Cricket League Secretary Mark Mitchell has said “he was on the Cornwall Youth Cricket Festival Committee as the umpires’ organiser for several years.    I did the first couple of years, then he took over, eventually to be followed by John Thompson, and now John Molden.  He was a popular figure at the Festival and St Gluvias CC itself.”


Conway presenting the 2010 Vinter Cup Final ‘Bill Bosanko Man of the Match’ award to David Roberts (St Just).

He also umpired many games for the Cornwall Schools’ Cricket Association.

As well as touring South Africa a highlight was in  February 1998 when Cornwall Under 17s took a squad of 22 players, officials and supporters to New Zealand under the management of Tony Pollard, Terry Barker and Peter Grant. Conway and Dave Martin (CRFU) umpired

Also, he once completed a personal project visiting every ground in the county and taking photographs of each pavilion.

In rugby, Conway played for Lanner and full back for Redruth RFC.  He and Paul Bawden became involved too in running Ormdales RFC at Treleigh.

He is the second Cornwall Cricket League League Vice-President to pass away in the space of three months following the death of Geoff Mannell of Grampound Road in October aged 85.

Conway receiving his award at the Cornwall Cricket League Centenary Finals Day in 2005 with colleagues Jim Stevens and Roy Jeffery

The funeral service will be at the Camborne Crematorium, Treswithian  on Friday  15th February 2019 at 4 pm

On the announcement of his death, numerous warm tributes flooded in record numbers to our social media platforms  such as a selection below.


RIP Conway- Thanks for the memories

Michael Weeks