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Brian Lucas 1935 - 2018

9 months ago By Sam Musk

Beaconsfield Cricket Club is sad to announce the death of former player and long-serving treasurer Brian Lucas at the age of 83.

When Brian joined Beaconsfield from Slough in the early 1960s, he already had a considerable cricket career behind him.

As a 17-year-old pupil at Slough Grammar School in 1952, Brian was in the Bucks side that won the Minor Counties Championship under the legendary Australian wicket-keeper Ben Barnett, who Brian said, was the best captain he played under.

In all, Brian played 40 Championship game for Bucks between 1951 and 1964. A hard-hitting batsman and a brilliant cover point fielder, he scored 1,030 runs (average 21.02), with a top score of 100 not out.

He was a first team regular at Beaconsfield for the next ten years, before playing latterly at Knotty Green.

An accountant, he was persuaded by the then first XI captain Robin Peppiatt to become the club's treasurer in 1965. Nobody knew then, that he was to hold that responsible office for a remarkable 50 years.

Brian would bat at 4 or 5 for Beaconsfield and was an ideal person to steady a sinking ship or innings, although Brian did like to get a move on with his run making if the situation allowed. Brian has been described as rather like Joe Root, but without the Yorkshire accent.

To mark his golden anniversary as Treasurer in 2015, Brian, then 80, was a guest at a hospitality box organised by the Club for the first day of the County Championship match between Middlesex and Sussex at Lord's, where he was presented with a cut-glass rose bowl.

Outside cricket, Brian was a talented sportsman. Between 1953 and 1959, he played more than 200 games at full back for Slough Town FC, before joining Maidenhead United. He was also a prominent member of Beaconsfield Squash Club.

A reserved and modest man, Brian was married twice, being predeceased by his wives Gay and Jane. He leaves three daughters.

Brian’s friends at Beaconsfield Cricket Club would like to thank him very much for all of his hard work and loyalty to the Club over the years.

Brian's funeral will be held at Reading Crematorium, Caversham on Thursday, April 12th at 12.15pm.

Updated 17:12 - 14 Nov 2018 by Sam Musk

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