• Obituary

    Bolton Cricket League


Astley Bridge CC

John Harris
Denise Bretherton

Atherton CC

Paul Hatton
On the 17th February 2022 Atherton Cricket Club mourned the passing of our great friend and respected committee member Paul Hatton. Amongst his many contributions, Paul will be remembered as Assistant Secretary, Committee Member, First Team Scorer and Junior Administrator, serving the club with distinction. Paul always provided positive and meaningful contributions with wonderful wit and charisma. Paul was a avid lover of all sports especially Lancashire Cricket and Liverpool Football Club and demonstrated his passion and commitment to local cricket through his enthusiasm and commitment in many facets of Atherton club life. As a friend, devout husband to Lynn and wonderful Dad to James and Rachel, Paul was a highly valued
part of our cricket family, who’s presence will be deeply missed. Paul was a valued member of the BCU&SA and was part of the LACO scorer tutor team ,
instructing many young scorers on the art of book scoring.

Lostock CC

Reuben Snape (1929 – 2021)

Prior to emigrating to Australia in late 1967, REUBEN SNAPE was one of the best-known names in local cricket, having joined his local club, Edgworth Recs, in the Bolton Association at the age of 12, and becoming a 1st XI regular just three years later. His consistent all-round performances (as a hard-hitting middle-order batsman, and medium- pace seamer) led to his first professional appointment, with Whalley in the Ribblesdale League, after
which he became the first-ever professional signed by De Havilland CC (now Lostock) when they became founder-members of the newly-formed South-West Lancashire Cricket Association in 1963. After turning in some superb performances as the paid man at Lostock in seasons 1963, 1964 and
1965, Reuben and his family emigrated to Brisbane, where he was destined to spend the rest of his life. He was also an extremely talented footballer, turning out for several non-league clubs, including Morecambe F.C., as well as featuring in a number of games for Bolton Wanderers Reserves.
In Australia, he played little cricket, but developed his skills at golf, bowls and snooker, excelling at all, and winning many local championships. Despite his long ‘exile down under’, Reuben never forgot his roots, and maintained contact with former colleagues at Edgworth and Lostock down the years. He died in Brisbane in November 2021, aged 92, after a long and brave battle against cancer.

Little Lever CC

Roy Costello

On March 30th 2021 the members and supporters of Little Lever Cricket Club were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of their great friends when Roy Costello died at the age of 65. Aside from a short spell at Eagley CC, Roy spent over 40 years as a cricketer for Little Lever and had over 50 years representing the club as an outstanding table tennis player up to being diagnosed with a brain tumour in early 2020. Roy’s comfortable figure and relaxed, genial manner off the field belied a tough competitor on it, and his was always the most prized wicket for opposition bowlers. An opening batsman with more than 10 centuries for the club, he reached his pinnacle in 1996 when becoming the first player in Bolton League history to score over a thousand runs in a season in 2nd team cricket. A feat only achieved six times since. At the table tennis table Roy’s nimble footwork and razor-sharp reflexes repeatedly had him beating younger opponents who had far more athletic prowess. As a person Roy was quite simply one of life’s good guys. He served on the club committee and
managed junior teams for a number of years and was always ready to offer a helping hand or some good advice. Respected and admired by opponents, Roy was revered and beloved by those fortunate enough to be his teammates. Anyone spending time with Roy rarely left him without a smile on their face, a spring in their step and the feeling that the World was a good place to be. Roy’s passing was mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law, David and Caroline, and two grandchildren who he adored.

Tonge CC

Dave Tattersall

David ‘Tatt’ Tattersall sadly passed away on Saturday December 4th 2021 at the age of 62. Leaving a massive hole both in his family and in the wider family of Cricket. He was an avid Bolton fan and often was a spectator watching the Wanderers, but his biggest sporting love was cricket. ‘Tatt’ joined Tonge back in 1977, after playing for Bradshaw as a Junior, and after changing his bowling style from medium pace to off-spin, enjoyed a lucrative bowling career. Taking over 600 wickets in the Bolton League. He was an extremely inspirational player and captain. He went on to manage Tonge to success, winning the Hamer Cup in 2006 and was awarded the honour of Life Membership by the Club. After his first spell at Tonge, ‘Tatt’ played at Horwich and Kearsley in the Bolton League, Oulton Park and as professional at Golborne. ‘Tatt’ was instrumental in bringing many players to play for Tonge, Nigel Partington said “Tatt was always enthusiastic and infectious about cricket, but above all a sportsman”. He was great company over a pint, there was always a story and a laugh to be had, “and he was a true gent”. Dave was also a very successful manager at Interleague level, leading the Bolton League to four inter-league championships in six years, against some of the other major leagues in the County. He formed many friendships and contacts over the years, this being a great help when Tonge had a celebration at Castle Hill in July 2016 for their 140th Anniversary. Tatt was able to locate and contact so many Tonge players from the past enriching the experience for all. In 2014 he helped Tonge Chairman Paul Schofield along with President John Bailey and stalwart Mervyn Porter to pick the ‘greatest ever Tonge team’ by the Bolton News, which consisted of Jeff Todd, Kevin Hayes, Jim Clarkson, Simon Anderton, Nigel Partington, Iqbal Sikander, Gordon Holt, Brian Krikken, Keith Eccleshare, Ian Taylor and Frank Tattersall, his knowledge of everything about Tonge CC was second to none.
You could honestly say that Dave was an ambassador for the club and cricket as a whole and we are sure that everybody that knew him will agree that he will be truly missed.