A fine knock by Havering Cricket Club old boy Roy French

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 July 2016

Roy French in batting action during his playing career

Roy French in batting action during his playing career


Talented, local cricketer once hit century and picked up nine wickets in a fixture with Noak Hill back in 1976

Roy French, a local cricketer for Romford & Gidea Park, Havering, Hornchurch and Ardleigh Green during his playing career, sadly passed away last week at the age of 89.

In addition to his cricketing talent, Roy was a member of Havering Indoor Bowls Club, before leaving the area to move to Shropshire in 2014 to be closer to his family.

Roy had a lengthy affiliation with Romford & Gidea Park as he joined the club in 1948 and remained until the early 1970’s.

After leaving, the talented cricketer played at Havering for around 13 years until 1985.

It was during his time there that he began to take his batting more seriously having been a slow, right arm off-spinner.

One of Roy’s finest days was back in 1976 on May 15 when he scored 104, before taking 9-41 and claiming the other catch in an encounter with Noak Hill!

He was club captain when Havering firsts leaped into League Cricket when they joined the Lillywhite Frowd League and later become vice-chairman.

Roy and wife Joan joined the newly-formed Havering Indoor Bowls Club as life members and went on to skipper the men and women’s teams.

His funeral will be at Shrewsbury Crematorium next Friday (July 29). No flowers, but donations can be made to the Animal Samaritans Midlands Trust via Dawsons Funeral Service, Corvedale Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9NQ.

Roy leaves behind wife Joan, children Jane and John plus five grandchildren. A final drink will be held at Havering Cricket Club to celebrate his life, but a date is yet to be set.

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