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Remembering David Andrews

Remembering David Andrews

David Patton23 Apr - 12:11
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Obituary by Ian Lambert

I first met David Andrews in the 1960’s when we played together for Bearsted Cricket Club.

The team was very strong during that period and he was an integral part of the team. The following is an extract from the book “250 Years of Cricket in Bearsted”—“The year of 1962 will be remembered as one of the most successful seasons that the club ever enjoyed. The outstanding feature of the season was the batting of Dave Andrews, whose feat of scoring over a thousand runs in a season in Saturday fixtures for the First XI, is unique in the history of the club. In 22 innings Andrews amassed 1,045 runs which included a top score of 125* out of an opening stand of 171 to record a 10 wicket victory over Headcorn. He made 12 scores in excess of 50.” This record still stands today. (It has been equalled in more recent times by Steve Pearce but included innings from both the 1st and 2nd XI’s). In that year, and wearing his blue “RAF Henlow” cap, he took on the opposition bowling with genuine stroke play and aggression, which the present cricketing culture would be proud of. This was not an isolated season. In 1965 he scored 704 runs, 675 in 1972, 671 in 1966 and in 1971 he equalled his previous best score of 125* against Bapchild.

Having witnessed his athleticism and reactions when fielding, it was no surprise to learn that David had played senior Kent football as a goalkeeper for Faversham and Erith & Belvedere. He played briefly for Bearsted Football Club who at that stage were still very much a village team. He initiated the use of the cricket pavilion by the football club during the winter months and introduced training sessions, previously unheard of, at his Grange Engineering premises. He served as Chairman of the football club, as did his son Duncan who later played a major role in guiding the club to where it is today.

David was proud of his family and was always supported by Pam, his wife of 70 years. My lasting memory of them, is when they were sitting in the stand at the Honey Lane ground, watching their grandsons playing football for Bearsted.

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