|Martin Crowe made a big impression during his time with Pudsey St Lawrence
The death of New Zealand cricket icon Martin Crowe has saddened followers of Pudsey St Lawrence who remember fondly his performances for the club in the mid eighties.
He was persuaded to join the Tofts Road club after a short spell of playing at Park Avenue for Bradford in the Yorkshire League.
Crowe was the first of four Kiwi Test players to play for the club, Mark Greatbatch, Simoin Doull and Chris Pringle were all to follow in his footsteps and make their mark in the Bradford League.
League president Keith Moss, who was responsible for signing all four Kiwis, said: "Martin Crowe was a a class act. He was a wonderful batsman and a great person off it.
"It is really sad to hear of his death. We knew of his brave battle with cancer and our thoughts are with his family at this time. He will never be forgotten at St Lawrence."
Crowe, who scored 17 centuries and 5,414 runs for New Zealand in 77 Tests before retiring at 33 with a chronic knee injury, is survived by his wife, former Miss Universe, Lorraine Downes, his daughter Emma and step children Hilton and Jasmine.
Crowe's death came just a day after a popular figure from Pudsey St Lawrence's past, Albert Geoffrey Parker passed away, aged 83.
Parker, a hard-hitting batsman, captained St Lawrence in the early 70s and went on to become a Life Member of the Tofts Road outfit.
The younger brother of another great figure in St Lawrence's history, Roland Parker, Albert Geoffrey as he became known, was also an accomplished rugby union prop forward with the Headingley club.
League president Keith Moss said: "Albert Geoffrey was a real character. He had a booming voice and whether it be at Lord's or Twickenham you always knew when he was around. He will be missed."