It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Geoff Mains MBE at the age of 87. He was a tremendous supporter of Berkshire cricket, following the 1st XI home and away for many years and was one of the best-known faces on the 'minor' counties circuit.
Geoff was also the longest living Gloucestershire CC player. A fast bowler, he played for them as a teenager in the late 1940s and early 50s.
Our condolences go to his wife Anne.
Skipper James Morris has paid this tribute: "I speak on behalf of all the players - we were incredibly sad to hear of Geoff's passing. He was an extremely popular supporter of the team and we are all going to miss seeing him at our matches. We are currently on a highly successive run, but even when times were tough he still stayed very loyal to the county.
We plan to give him the really good send-off that he deserves. At our first game, we will mark his contribution to the county in absolutely the right way, holding a minute's silence and wearing black armbands."
Berkshire's Head of Performance Tom Lambert: "Very sad to hear of the death of Geoff Mains. Thank you for the support you showed our boys year in year out up and down the country. I’ll miss our chats and your sense of humour. No one has put me in my place better than you. I’m proud to follow this team you’d always say to me, and we were proud to have you follow us. Condolences to Geoff’s family and friends."
David Morris says Berkshire Cricket has lost a true gentleman and avid supporter, adding: "He possessed extensive knowledge of our great game and with came a wealth of witty stories of his time in the professional game. An avid bird watcher with a vice-like grip of a handshake; I will miss him greatly."
Finchampstead CC's Kwame Appiah: "Such a nice bloke, always made time to come over and chat and he had such an amazing personality. Really sad news, RIP Geoff."
More to follow . . .