Worcestershire Legend Duncan Fearnley Passes Away at 83

Worcestershire Legend Duncan Fearnley Passes Away at 83

Duncan Fearnley, the former Worcestershire player and administrator who became a renowned bat manufacturer, passed away at the age of 83.

Born in Pudsey, Fearnley began his cricketing journey in Yorkshire Seconds before moving to Worcestershire in 1960. As a left-handed batter, he made 97 appearances for the club over seven seasons, contributing 687 runs and four half-centuries. His most memorable achievement came in 1964 when Worcestershire won the County Championship.

After leaving the club in 1968, Fearnley returned in 1972 as the Second XI captain. By this time, his Worcester-based bat manufacturing business was flourishing. His bats were highly sought after by some of the greatest players of the era, including Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, and Allan Border.

In 1986, Fearnley was appointed as Worcestershire's chair. During his tenure, the club experienced a golden era, winning two County Championship titles, two Sunday League titles, the Refuge Assurance Cup, the Benson and Hedges Cup, and the NatWest Trophy within a span of twelve years.

Fearnley's contributions extended beyond his role as chair. He served as Club President from 2011 to 2013 and was later elected as an Honorary Vice-President. His passion for Worcestershire CCC was evident in all his endeavors.

"Duncan's passing is a tremendous loss," said Paul Pridgeon, Worcestershire's acting chair. "His contributions as a player, an administrator, and a passionate supporter of the club were immeasurable. He was the heart and soul of Worcestershire CCC, leaving an indelible mark on the club."

Fearnley's legacy as a bat-maker and his unwavering love for Worcestershire will be forever remembered. The cricketing world has lost a true legend.

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