Essex cricket officials add to Andy Jenner tributes
PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 March 2017
League and board speak fondly of Gidea Park & Romford stalwart
Glowing tributes have been paid to the late Andy Jenner, of Gidea Park & Romford Cricket Club, following his sudden death on February 20.
Shepherd Neame Essex League chairman Andrew Kennedy and secretary Cliff Greenhill released a joint statement, explaining the huge role played by Jenner in the county.
It said: “Andy was involved in the formation in 1972 and early years of the Essex League both as a fine player and outstanding administrator.
“He performed many roles on the League Committee, starting as a general committee member, then Secretary (1992-96), and performed each role with the utmost professionalism and diligence.
“He became Handbook Editor and Annual Dinner Organiser and most recently at the 2016 AGM in November he took over as Treasurer and Minute Secretary.
“I can echo the comments about his determination, or some would say stubbornness. He was generally right and would always defend the old traditions and spirit of cricket.
“This did lead to some lengthy Executive Committee Meetings that were ultimately very worthwhile. His first minutes from January’s meeting covered over eight pages and even the agenda filled up two A4 pages!
“He will be sadly missed on Committee and by all the League member clubs for whom he was a respected opponent on the field and a reliable source of information in the bar.”
Jonathon Glynn, secretary of the Essex County Cricket Board’s Association of Cricket Officials and a fellow member of the Essex League panel, added: “I don’t think it came as any surprise that when Andy finally decided to play slightly less cricket than he used to, he would still want to keep an active part in the game.
“Umpiring, of course, was the obvious choice. It came as even less surprise that Andy was a natural at it!
“Always a man to do things the right way, Andy set about becoming a qualified umpire in 2013/14 and attended the Level 1 course at Brentwood ACO. “Having passed that level at the first time at trying, he applied and was accepted to join the SNEL panel in 2014 in Division Two and Three.
“In the games he was appointed, players soon realised they had a good umpire on the field with them and his fellow umpires had a colleague they could rely on.
“Promotion to the Division One list would follow the next season, and so too would the Level 1a qualification.
“Andy had all the right traits to be a successful umpire; honesty, experience, a love of the game, and letting the players play (although I sometimes think he had to stop himself from telling a young bowler at his end, how he would have set the field for the over!).
“Everything was in place to see Andy continue to make a success of his umpiring. He was due to attend the ECB ACO Level 2 course this March, and I have no doubt, that Premier League would have soon followed.
“He will be greatly missed by all his colleagues and friends on the panel.”