Cricket: Ventnor chairman and Newclose founder dies

By Matt White

Published on Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 12:21


Cricket: Ventnor chairman and Newclose founder dies

Cricketer John Hilsum, who died on Friday

ONE of the Island's most influential cricketers, John Hilsum, has died.

Mr Hilsum, who coached some of the Island's best players, including England's Danny Briggs, was a founder and trustee at Newclose Cricket Ground and chairman of Ventnor Cricket Club.

He died on Friday following his battle with cancer.

Mr Hilsum's work within the Island's cricket community as a player, coach and founder member of the Isle of Wight Cricket Coaching Association was recognised when he received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year's Honours list.

Paying tribute on Twitter following yesterday's (Saturday's) first and second team matches, Ventnor Cricket Club said: "Seconds beat top of the league and firsts put in a massive shift in a closely fought game.

"Hils, you would have been proud of the lads, #truelegend."

Hugh Griffiths, secretary to the trustees of Newclose County Cricket Ground, also paid tribute.

He said: "Throughout all of his achievements in cricket, John remained an extremely modest man.

"He never wanted any praise for what he had done.

"He just did it because he loved the Island, loved the community and loved cricket."

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