Cricket club honours long-serving captain

Tony Catley Exning CC ANL-160605-160658001
Tony Catley Exning CC ANL-160605-160658001

A cricket club has renamed its pavilion in honour of its long serving captain who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Over 200 family and friends of Tony Catley gathered at Exning Cricket Club to recognise the service he has given to the club over the past 40 years and the support he continues to give it.

Tony first joined Exning Cricket Club in September 1975 and over the past four decades has undertaken a variety of roles including first team wicket-keeper and hard hitting batsman; league winning second team captain; club secretary; events and fund raising activities organiser first team scorer and match manager as well as his current role as club captain.

“What this list of roles doesn’t do though is convey the huge part that Tony has played in developing Exning Cricket Club into what it is today,” said Philip King, joint club captain.

“Put simply, without Tony, Exning Cricket Club wouldn’t be the great club it is.”

Tony’s three sons, Russell, Matthew and Tim, who were all present at the re-naming ceremony, have all captained the first team at Exning and they have all played for the Suffolk minor counties team.

It was on Christmas Eve last year Tony was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer commonly known as asbestosis for which there is no cure.

During the re-naming ceremony a raffle was held with prizes donated by local businesses and friends of Tony and the club.

It raised more than £2,000 which will be donated to good causes chosen by Tony, the main one being Mesothelioma UK.

The Club have also opened a ‘Just Giving’ page for Mesothelioma UK which will remain open throughout the forthcoming season and to date has raised over £1,200.