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Dougie Oats RIP

5th December 2019 Posted in League and People by Michael Weeks
Funeral was held on Tuesday 17 December at 2.30pm at Crowan Parish Church.
All who knew Dougie and wish to pay their respects are welcome to join the family at the service and afterwards at the Duke of Leeds, Leedstown to celebrate his life.
Family flowers only please but donations to the British Heart Foundation gratefully received if desired.


Sadly the death has been reported of Leedstown Cricket Club stalwart Douglas Oats at the age of 70.


Dougie passed away in the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro on Friday 29 November following a short spell in hospital.
He had been suffering deteriorating health in recent years


In many respects, he was ‘Mr Leedstown’ having been an all-rounder player, captain, groundsman and club official in a lifetime of service to the club.
In the 60s /70s/80s & 90s, he regularly featured highly in the old Senior Division 2 Batting and Bowling Averages hitting 9,989 league runs  and taking over 700 wickets in a long and successful career.
He was also an astute captain of the village side for many years.


Doug farmed between Praze-an-Beeble and Leedstown and for decades was the club groundsman.
In 2016 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cornwall Association of Cricket Groundsmen.


He was also one of the longest-serving club secretaries in the Cornwall League serving from 1980 to the present.
He was also Club Treasurer.
He has just completed his 40th consecutive season as secretary.


He was also a keen and talented snooker player.


He is survived by his wife Anita and three daughters Helen, Judith & Becci.


Cornwall Cricket sends condolences to the family and friends.


Mike Hoban
Sad to hear this a real “1 club man” and could he hit a ball!
  • Nigel Smitheram A legend indeed. Dougie put his life and soul into his beloved Leedstown. Some player on the cricket field and on the green baize. RIP pal x
  • Kevin Bosustow
    Kevin Bosustow Another sad loss to Cornish cricket. We had many great battles against Dougie and his Leedstown team. RIP
    Margaret Ireland
  • Margaret Ireland He was definitely a Leedstown stalwart, his life was Leedstown and a really good cricketer.
  • Symon Winnan
    Symon Winnan True True legend great cricketer and lovely man.
    RIP Dougie
    Best wishes to the family xx
  • Peter Anstey
    Peter Anstey Rip Doug,never played against you on cricket field but remember a couple of ding dongs on the baize
  • Peter Chapman
    Peter Chapman one of the best captains/thinkers ever !

    Scott Abraham He was  the best captain I ever played under and a quiet but really nice guy.
    Had a text from him on Wednesday, checking we were looking after the ground.