A stalwart and long serving groundsman of St Just Cricket Club, Matt Thomas, has passed away aged 96.
One of ten children he came from a sporting family, his sister Irene played for England Ladies against New Zealand in 1953.
Matt took over looking after the St Just pitch in 1942 when his brother Tom went to war. He continued in the post for 57 years up to his retirement in 1999, handing over to his son David who is the current groundsman. Matt only missed two years in a remarkable service to the club.
Having started with a spring rake, push mower, hand pulled heavy roller and a horse drawn gang mower he was very proud of the innovations made at the club over the years and especially the new pavilion project.
He loved his cricket and followed St Just all over the country including the Youth teams. He was still attending games at Cape Road earlier this season.
Funeral details are to be announced