It is with great regret Winchmore Hill Sports Club have to report the sad passing of Barry Davies last Tuesday October 11th after a short illness.
Barry joined the Colts section in 1952 along with his twin brother Gareth, yes our beloved Gareth.
Barry soon got involved in the Cricket Section scoring for Alec Lambert's 2nd XI, however his real talent lay in his cricketing ability. He moved rapidly through the teams and took his place in the 1st XI as an opening in-swing bowler and batting at no. 3.
In terms of Hill all-rounders, I believe he earned the right to be spoken in the same breath as Gary Black, Nadeem Mohammed and the young Graham Rose. I suppose in Winchmore terms he was the true all-rounder because he also played 1st XI football for Winchmore Hill. The highlight must have been when the 1's won the Southern Amateur League title in 1967/68 under the captaincy of Derek Crotty.
In the mid 70s, he and his wife, Carrie, moved to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and decided the commute to N21 was too far so he joined Letchworth CC and then started playing against us on a Sunday, twice a year. Later in life they moved to Minehead and ran a bed and breakfast before retiring in 2004.
He will be remembered, by those of a certain age, as not only a fine sportsman but as a man who smoked 40 a day, ate everything on the tea table and could put away a good few pints and still only weighed 10st 6lbs soaking wet!!!
RIP Barry, we'll keep an eye on Gareth.