Obituary - Jeff Spence
Wednesday 12th September 2018
The death was announced earlier today of former Irby CC captain, Jeff Spence.
Jeff moved into the area having won the Priestley Cup with Bradford League side Idle Cricket Club in 1976.
He joined Irby Cricket Club, who had joined the former Merseyside Competition in 1976, and quickly became known for his hard hitting as a tall, powerful, opening batsman displaying his true Yorkshire grit.
He passed 1000 runs for the season on several occasions and formed a formidable opening partnership with Mike Newman.
He later became captain of the club as well as of the Merseyside Competition's representative team.
The Liverpool Competition used to have an annual 'friendly' with the Merseyside Competition.
In one match in the 1980's at Irby, the Liverpool Competition XI was captained by the late Kevin McCullagh and the Merseyside Competition XI, by Jeff.
The Merseyside Competition batted first and seemed to go on forever. When they went passed 85 overs (at the time the occasion for a 'new ball' to be taken), McCullagh asked if there was a 'new ball' ávailable.
During his time at Irby, Jeff resisted overtures from L&DCC clubs to join them in what was regarded as a higher standard of cricket.
Jeff would have played in National Knockout, Cheshire Cup and Liverpool Echo Knockout matches against the Wirral based Liverpool Competition clubs and will be fondly remembered.
His friends and former colleagues extend their heartfelt condolences to Jeff's wife, Sandra, their family and to Irby Cricket Club.
Messages of condolence may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff's funeral will be held at Landican on Tuesday 25th September at 2:30pm.