Colin Gatenby received the Sir Leonard Hutton Award at the 2014 dinner from league president Keith Moss
Colin Gatenby, winner of the coveted Sir Leonard Hutton award in 2014, has died after losing his brave battle against cancer.
The Windhill Cricket Club stalwart passed away peacefully on Thursday and his loss will be felt greatly by everybody at the Busy Lane club.
His son Bob said: " He had run out of fight in the end. He had given it his best shot." Everybody who knew him was aware of the the great courage he had shown in recent years.
It was a proud moment when Colin, who would have been 81 next month, received the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League's premier individual award only last November.
What few of the guests realised that night was the fact that the annual dinner was his first night out for nine weeks.
Colin was a man who preferred to do his work away from the spotlight. He neither sought praise nor wanted to be singled out for his tireless work which saw him serve Windhill for 40 years.
He never played but he he made sure that those who did were well looked after. He served as a committee member, cricket secretary, groundsman and scorer as well as serving on the Bradford Cricket League's executive committee for a number of years.
After being presented with the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy for outstanding service to the league by league president Keith Moss, he said: "We are a team at Windhill – Ian Holdsworth (cricket secretary who also looks after the square), Billy Evans (who looks after the outfield) and Frank Nichols (who maintains the groundsmens’ equipment) and myself.”
In his citation, Moss said: “His dedication, passion and unselfishness make his contribution to the club all the more remarkable, given that he has never even played the game that we all love – at any level.
“Besides his love of cricket, Colin also helped socially by being the person responsible for calling out the bingo numbers on a Sunday night for the older members of the club, as well as helping to run the single-number draw on a Sunday lunchtime."
Moss added: “On the funnier side, on one occasion at the ground, Colin, as usual, decided to ‘brew up’ as Billy Evans was working on the far side of the ground.
“Colin motioned to Billy that he was putting the kettle on. Now, unbeknown to Colin, Billy had already broken up a Bovril cube into his mug, but Colin didn’t know this and proceeded to add milk and sugar. The look on Billy’s face was a picture when he realised what Colin had done.
“Another of Colin’s more senior moments involved a wheelbarrow and some paint. Gordon Binns was rolling the wicket and Colin was marking out the popping crease, yet Colin decided to leave the wheelbarrow and the paint right behind the roller and Gordon obviously didn’t see it as he was driving backwards and demolished the lot. Colin was not amused!"