Sadly the death has been announced of the former Cornish Crusaders President Michael Williams, aged 86 years.
Formerly of St Teath, he has been a resident of a St Minver Nursing Home over the last year or so.
He died at The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske on 31 March after a short illness.
He ran the Cornish Crusaders Cricket Club for 50 years and was a Life Member of Cornwall County Cricket Club and a Vice-President of the Cornwall Cricket League.
Funeral details will be posted here once finalised.
Former Western Morning News journalist, Robert Jobson has provided this fitting personal tribute.
“Generations of grateful cricketers in Cornwall will treasure their memories of Michael Williams, a sporting gentleman whose name will forever be synonymous with the Cornish Crusaders. For 50 years he gave countless players the chance to enjoy cricket in the traditional way, with the emphasis on playing to time and taking wickets, preferably with his beloved spin bowlers. When players sat down to lunch, there was every chance they would find themselves in the company of a Lord Lieutenant, a High Sheriff, a Bishop, a distinguished author or a broadcaster. These guests of honour would invariably take top billing in his Crusader match reports for the Cornish Guardian, filed from his home at St Teath, North Cornwall.
His Crusader tours, led by himself and lifelong best friend Father Ken Rogers, gave many young, aspiring Cornish players a chance to test themselves upcountry on first-class grounds. There were prestige fixtures against the 2nd XI’s of Lancashire at Old Trafford, Worcestershire at Worcester, Gloucestershire at Bristol and Kent at Canterbury. Michael was a familiar figure at Bristol. He was a member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and also a vice-president of Cornwall County Cricket Club.
In the 1950’s I was an unruly pupil at St Erbyn’s School, Penzance, where Michael, one of the first MCC youth coaches in the Westcountry, taught me to play cricket when not having to cane me. He left teaching in the 1960s to become an author and prolific publisher of Bossiney Books, whose authors were a Who’s Who of Cornwall’s finest writers, notably Daphne du Maurier. To the delight of his friends, Michael continued to entertain them by filing regular columns in his inimitable style for Cornish newspapers and magazines.
Although he declared that the time was up for his Cornish Crusaders in 2012, after they had reached their half-century, his charming book “100 Years of Cornwall County Cricket” will ensure that the name Michael Williams will live on in perpetuity”.