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Friday, July 4, 2014
Clubs mourn respected scorer
Tributes poured in this week for cricketing personality John ‘Jack’ Frost, who sadly passed away at the weekend.
Frost joined Gidea Park & Romford in the late 1970s and scored regularly for the Saturday seconds in the league and Sunday firsts and seconds, as well as in midweek games.
He went on to score for Ardleigh Green, Hornchurch for a number of years around the turn of the century and various Upminster sides over the past 25 years and was well known in local cricketing circles.
Gidea Park & Romford’s Andrew Jenner said: “It can be truly said that Jack was a character of the local cricket scene for over 35 years, yet he had no pretentions to be so. He was simply to one and all “Jack”.
“He was always to be seen around, whatever the match (cup, T20, league) right up to just before he died.
“Former players at the club remember him as “eccentric” but “very reliable, always turned up on time”. The scorebook “was never neat and tidy but always added up” and indeed he took great pride in his efforts.
“Often he would sit in the scorebox on his own, no other scorer for company, and would write up both team’s books and keep the scoreboard up to date all at the same time: true multi-tasking!
“If anyone queried or complained he would shout back “I’m in here on my own you know!”. After one such multi-tasking occasion at Ilford, their club president the late John Polson, said ‘Andy that chap is a priceless asset, you are very lucky to have him’. And indeed we were and appreciation is always stronger when the individual is no longer around.
“Jack had a difficult family background but never complained and when at cricket was focused on his scoring.
“I always made him welcome and ensured he had lifts to games and when talking to him it was clear that he had considerably more knowledge about the local cricket scene, what was happening at clubs, and who was who; far more so than most players in fact.
“He observed and listened, something that a lot of players do not do these days. Cricket was Jack’s interest, the scorer’s art his passion. Thank you Jack for your efforts in the past, and RIP.”
An Upminster club spokesman added: “Frosty, as he was known to everyone at the club, had scored for various Upminster sides over the last 25 years. “In the early and mid-90s he was scribing for the 1st XI and returned to the club in recent seasons to score for the 1st and 2nd XI, and last season for the 3rd XI.
“Jack was a great supporter of all local clubs and despite not having a mobile phone or being on the internet if there was ever a midweek or evening game at any club in the area, then you knew Jack would arrive with his coloured pens ready to score if needed.
“He also had a great memory with regards to numbers and could keep you updated on averages and statistics throughout the season.”
As well as being a big cricket fan, Frost could be seen on the terraces of Dagenham & Redbridge during the winter months, or watching club hockey matches on the astroturf pitch at Coopers, before heading back to the Pavilion to make sure the top goalscorers board was updated correctly.
“Jack had been ill in recent months and it was appropriate that the last game he attended was the Sunday friendly between Hornchurch and Upminster at Harrow Lodge Park,” added a spokesman.
“Frosty was one of local sports most well known characters. The thoughts of everyone associated with Upminster Cricket Club are with Jack’s family at this time.”
A funeral service will be held at Corbets Tey Crematorium on Thursday (July 10) at 10.40am.
Anyone wishing to send flowers should ensure these are with West & Coe by 9am on the day of the funeral.