Suffolk: Tributes to cricket star Dick Mayes

Dick Mayes

Dick Mayes

Dick Mayes, a stylish right-hand batsman who made his Suffolk debut in 1957, has died at the age of 90.

In 1959 Mayes was top of the Suffolk Minor Counties batting averages when he was one of three professionals in the team, the others being Cyril Perkins and Ben Wilson. The Suffolk captain in those days was Martin Corke.

In 1962 Mayes set a Suffolk second wicket record of 239 with Ian Prior against Buckinghamshire at Ipswich School.

An all-round sportsman Mayes played 77 first class matches for Kent from 1947 to 1953. His top score was 133 against Hampshire at Southampton in 1952. He also played non-League football for Ramsgate Town and Canterbury City together with Kent fast bowler Fred Ridgway.

He was appointed cricket coach and groundsman at Woolverstone Hall School in 1957 where he stayed until his retirement 30 years later.

Among the players he coached at Woolverstone were Graham Barlow (England and Middlesex) and Rugby Union and Rugby League star Martin Offiah who was school cricket captain and a useful all-rounder.

Mayes played for Woolverstone Park cricket team and became involved as player and manager of Woolverstone United.

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Mayes played shots from the MCC coaching manual and used to describe the modern Twenty20 as “comic cuts”. He did not recognise reverse sweeps and other unorthodox shots that have become part and parcel of the modern game.

His younger son Brian started his cricket career playing for Woolverstone Park as a 14-year-old and went on to pay Minor Counties cricket for Suffolk.

He leaves wife Violet and sons Richard, who lives in Hull, and Brian who has retired as deputy head of a school at Harold Hill in Essex.

The funeral was held at Seven Hills Crematorium on Monday.

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