A TRIBUTE has been paid to a popular North Staffs and South Cheshire cricket official who died on Monday.
Long-serving umpire Tony Davies, 59, died in hospital after a brief illness.
Mr Davies, from Kidson Drive, Crewe, officiated in matches for almost 40 years, after admitting he would never be good enough to play the game to a high standard.
He was one of the founder members of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers, having filled a number of roles within the organisation, the most recent being its overseas examination officer. He was also a member of Crewe Cricket Club for more than 30 years.
North Staffs and South Cheshire League chairman Chris Hopkin added: 'His knowledge of the rules and ability to steer us in the right direction will be sorely missed.
'It is a very sad and relatively early death. He had so much to look forward to.'