Charlie Noy, Peter Thomas & David Heims RIP

Charlie Noy in his Holmans CC days

Three cricketers who had significant careers in the Cornwall Cricket League


Former St Gluvias  & Cornwall player Peter Thomas 

Peter Michael  THOMAS  Courtesy Cornwall Live

Sadly passed away aged 75 years on Saturday 24th December 2022, loving partner of the late Rosemary Trevarthen, much loved and sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral service to take place at Penmount Crematorium, Truro on Wednesday 11th January 2023 at 12.00 p.m.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu of flowers towards Mencap via retiring collection or c/o the funeral directors. Penryn & Falmouth Funeral Directors 50 Kernick Road, Penryn, TR10 9DQ. 01326 376926 (24hrs)

Peter Thomas was a batting all-rounder who bowled medium pace and spin and was an excellent gully fielder.  Having played for Brentwood in Essex he took 50 wickets for St Gluvias in 1981.  In 1982 for Holmans he was second in the Senior 1 Averages with 638 runs. and took 37 wickets. He re-joined St Gluvias in 1984 and was Vice-Captain in the title-winning team. They pipped Troon for the Senior Division 1 West title. Thomas made 465 runs with John Rowe, professional Sadiq Mohammed and Chris Trudgeon getting around 600 runs. Chris Martin, Sadiq and Thomas were the leading wicket-takers in that memorable season. Thomas hit 33 and took three wickets in the County final win over Grampound Road at St Austell. He took 8-20 in a game at Perranarworthal. As the captain in 1985, he hit 702 runs to be third in the Senior 1 West averages. He played for the club through the 80s & 90s, including a century and taking 29 wickets in 1991. Having been relegated for a season he bounced back to hit another century in the top flight in 1994.

For Cornwall, he played two Championship games making his debut against Devon in 1983 at Helston. He was recalled for the final game of the 1991 and featured in a famous win at Ebbw Vale against Wales MC. Cornwall made 279-4 to achieve what, at the time, was their highest successful run chase. Thomas joined Steve Williams (114no) to be at the crease for the winning runs. Ed Nicolson made 79. Dave Toseland and skipper Graham Watts both took seven wickets in the match. Following health complications, his final days were spent at the Ponsadane Care Home at Penzance.


With thanks to playing colleague  wicket-keeper Dean Rowe  who played in that game at Ebbw Vale (one of 34 Cornwall Caps) who adds "Peter was one of the league's best batsmen in his peak and bowlers genuinely feared bowling at him." "His record was amazing and in all of my time playing cricket behind the stumps he was the best player of fast bowling I’ve ever seen ". 

Michael Weeks BEM

Michael Weeks BEM

Cornwall Cricket League Hon. Secretary


David Heims



On 30th December 2022, David, aged 85 years of Wadebridge, formerly of Helston. Beloved husband of the late Elaine and a much loved dad, grandad and friend. Funeral service Glynn Valley Crematorium, Monday 30th January at 2.30 pm. Family flowers only, donations in memory for the British Heart Foundation and the Injured Jockeys Fund can be made online via the Memory Giving website, by retiring collection or sent c/o R. J. Bray & Son, Funeral Directors, Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge, PL27 6AD. Tel: 01208 812626.

Robert Jobson writes

“ Bookmaker David Heims was a big fast bowler, genuinely quick and menacing in his prime when playing for Petersfield in the Hampshire League. He moved into Cornwall in the late 1960’s, having acquired the bookmaking shops of Maurice Garner at Camborne and Newlyn. This allowed his friend Maurice to retire to Alderney.

David, not able at first to play regular league cricket on Saturdays due to his business commitments, first came to attention in Cornwall playing for Gerrans on Sundays and for the Cornish Choughs. Assisted by his contacts, the Choughs made annual tours to Hampshire and Alderney, led by Camborne dentist/cricketer Wally Howells.

He went on to forge a close relationship with Camborne CC, restoring their fortunes through the 1970’s by attracting some of the best young players from neighbouring clubs and Stuart Holt from Gerrans to Roskear. In that decade however, Troon were the kings of local and national cricket, a fact which David was quick to spot.

When Troon became one of 700 clubs across Britain to enter the first Haig Village Championship in 1972, David wasted no time in discreetly approaching London bookies to ascertain the odds. Suffice to say they knew nothing of Troon, apart from a championship golf course of that name in Scotland. Given long odds, David duly placed his bet, sat back in confident anticipation and saw Troon cruise to victory at Lord’s.”


Charles Noy

On Friday 30th December 2022 passed away at Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro after a long illness bravely borne with his wife Pamela at his side. Charles aged 80 years of Troon formerly of Penzance. Beloved husband of Pamela. Funeral service to be held at Troon Methodist Church on Wednesday 18th January at 2.00 p.m. Family flowers only, donations in lieu for the Cornwall Hospice Care by retiring collection or to the funeral directors David Wakfer Funeral Service Chy-an-Hall Gulval Penzance TR18 3LY 01736 362423.

Michael Weeks reports:

Another legend of Cornwall League Cricket passed away on 30 December 2022.

RIP Charlie Sydney Noy (aged 80) who was born at Gulval on 9 March 1942

Clubs: early days at Gulval before Falmouth, Redruth, Camborne, Holmans and Troon Thirds.

Tony Carter reports a career of 1290 League wickets.

He was capped three times for Cornwall CCC in 1970.

Debut against Dorset at Blandford Forum on 3 August opening the bowling with Mike Trenwith with teammates Eric Willcock, Roger Masom, Danny Hall, Alan Hobbs, Jeff Edwards, Malcolm Dunstan, Gerald Parsons, Neil Haley and Pat Coombe.

Devon at Plymouth on 5 August on the same tour and Wiltshire at Helston on 21 August in a one innings match won by 8 wickets after no play on day one. 3 Matches HS 13. BB 12-0-58-1

Robert Jobson adds:

"ο»ΏThe strength of Cornwall’s Senior 1 West pace attacks in the 1960’s can be gauged by the fact that a talented young swing bowler from Gulval named Charlie Noy had to go all the way to Falmouth to get regular 1st XI cricket.

Cornwall bowlers Peter Kendall and Mike Trenwith reigned supreme at Penzance, while the great Brian Read and a fiery Jimmy Harvey, aided and abetted by the peerless Jesse Lawry behind the stumps, were wreaking their havoc at St Just.

So, although an ever-cheerful Charlie continued to play for Penzance Wednesday XI, he opted for Falmouth on Saturdays and, in partnership with his best mate Viv Heffer from Four Lanes, enjoyed some of his most fruitful seasons at Trescobeas.

He was a master at cultivating friendships with umpires. He invariably knew the names of their wives, children and grandchildren. If he ever, therefore, had occasion to appeal politely for an lbw, his inquiry was often answered in the affirmative.

I was one such casualty in the mid-seventies after Charlie left Redruth in mid-season following a disagreement with his captain. Having earlier that summer skittled Penzance and Troon, he returned with Camborne to Redruth, to bag a match-winning 6 for 30.

We retired for our usual evening of merriment and song at the Collins Arms, Redruth, where the ever immaculate Charlie, clad in a blazer and tie and puffing his pipe, wore a contented look as his Redruth ‘bunnies’ queued up to buy him his beers.


Trevor Lee

Charlie played 34 county championship games for Cornwall O50s between 1992 and 2003 taking 20 wickets. He often came to games pre-Covid to support the team which was much appreciated.


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Falmouth Cricket Club

Falmouth CC are sad to hear of the passing of Charlie Noy. Charlie was born in 1942 in Gulval. He then became a Falmouth Cricket Club member in 1964 for 10 years, he played many 1st XI & 2nd XI games while he was at the club and also while he was at the club he gained his county honours for Cornwall in 1970. Charlie's parents (Harry & Beatrice Noy) were great supporters of our club for many years.

All our thoughts are with his family. He will be missed!

From us all at FCC πŸ’šπŸ’›


Camborne Cricket Club - For the love of the game

Budgie Hocking once told me a lovely story about Charlie ... One hot summer's afternoon Holmans had toiled long in the field after losing the toss, and the opposition had posted a large total for Holmans to chase. On coming in for tea and sitting down at the table laden with food, Jon Warren said "Come on we can do this!" Charlie thinking that Jon was referring to the run chase commended him in front of his teammates "Well done Jon that's the spirit!". To which Jon replied, "I wasn't talking about the run chase Charlie I was talking about eating all the tea!"


Mark Blake

Great character and gentlemen remember that long knitted sweater where the ball disappeared between deliveries to emerge swinging like a banana much to the batsmen's bemusement

We chatted about this on several occasions Charlie with a big grin on his face

RIP Charlie


Gary Gilks

That’s sad news indeed πŸ₯² Charlie played at Holmans at the same time as me and I watched him have batsmen “dancing” around the crease trying to work out the swing and spin πŸͺ„πŸ It was even worse if he knew you as he wouldn’t stop “sledging” but all in good jest with his distinctive voice πŸ˜Š The one thing I’ll never forget about him,like many,will be his “Vulcan death grip” dropped many a grown man πŸ˜‚ God bless you Charlie and may you rest in peace πŸŽˆβ€οΈ


Mark Trudgeon

Such sad news, a great bowler, competitor and gentleman who always played the game the right way with a smile on his face. RIP Charlie.


John Platts

On a hot sunny day in Gloucester with Cornwall O50s I said, 'you'll never swing the ball here Charlie' First ball boomeranged to the off the next boomeranged to the leg. A legend who will be sorely missed.


Arthur Allen

Played with Charlie at Falmouth for many years, could write a book of anecdotes. Will miss that iron grip of a handshake and our back to the wall partnerships.


Jon Moyle

Had the pleasure of playing with Charlie at Holman's CC, a true gent and great company.

Probably the only bowler I played with who knew exactly what he was doing with every ball. Vicious pig bites as well.

My favourite Charlie story was passed down to me by my dad during Rogers time at Redruth. Deano (Kevin Lean) came into the Redruth home changing room before the match started. By Deanos peg was a box with a ribbon around it. Deano opens said box and inside is a lettuce with a note "To my favourite rabbit" which of course is Charlie's gift to Deano. Deano is apoplectic and telling anyone who would listen to him what he is going to do to Charlie when he goes out to bat. A few wickets later and Deano struts out to face Charlie. First ball Deano tries to hit Charlie out of the ground resulting in a Golden Duck. You can only imagine how Deano and Charlie reacted to this.

RIP Charlie


Keith Lean

RIP Charlie. It was a pleasure to play in the same side as you. A true cricketing character and pretty good with the ball as well. I remember his telling a batsmen, not just one, that he knew he was a rabbit because he had lettuce hanging out his back pocket!!