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DORIAN BROOKSBY14 Jan 2022 - 22:02
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UPFDATE - Club Announcement

UPDATE - The details of the Funeral have now been announced and will take place at 3pm on Monday 28th February 2022 at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland.
Family flowers only please, but donations, if so desired, may be sent directly to the R.N.L.I. and Illingworth St Mary's Cricket Club.
All enquiries to Lawrence Funeral Service, Green Heys, Bell Hall, Halifax HX1 2XR. Tel: 01422 354094


A message from the President, Mr Andrew Smith ...

"I am very saddened to receive the news of David Palmer, one of our former and very well respected colleagues ,who is no longer with us.

David featured in the 125th Anniversary Book, "Illingworth St Mary's Cricket Club 1884-2009: 125 Not Out". I managed to persuade David to place an advert for his kitchen company "Palmer and Palmer". Two or three years ago, I bumped into him and he claimed he had not seen a copy so I sent him another one and he was really thrilled. He does appear in two or three of the photographs.

David played for Illingworth in senior cricket from 1960 until 1982 making 260 senior appearances. He made his 1st XI debut in 1960 (1st XI Heritage Number #310) and played in our very first match in the Airedale and Wharfedale League at Thackley in April 1962 when we were 27 all out. Not a good start in the league but David was top scorer with 10. He played 168 times for the 1st XI scoring 3156 runs at an average of 15.8 with a highest score of 116, and he also caught 82 catches in his career.

David and Keith Smith put on 224 for the second wicket against Skipton in 1968 which for many years was the Aire and Wharfe League record and still is a club record for the 2nd wicket. The same year David won the A & W League batting prize which was a major honour for both himself and the club.

Towards the end of his career in 1980 he was a member of the Illingworth 1st XI which won the Halifax Parish Cup and the following year was part of the 2nd XI which won the Crossley Shield, so he had a very successful end to a long career in club cricket. The book has a picture of him in the side which celebrated the opening of the new pavilion in 1962 and a lovely family picture in 1961 of an Illingworth 2nd XI which included David, his Dad Harry, and two younger brothers Keith and Philip."

All at Illingworth St Mary's Cricket Club send their sincere condolences to David's family.

Funeral details will be made available when available.

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