Tributes paid to former Plymstock cricketer Dick Mainwaring


MORE than 150 mourners attended the funeral of former Plymstock cricketer Dick Mainwaring, who has died aged 77.

Mainwaring was a talented, all-round sportsman who played cricket, golf and rugby union. He played rugby on the wing for Leicester 1st XV and was a low-handicapped golfer at the Staddon Heights in Plymouth. 

Dick Mainwaring (left) and Colin GillHe turned out for Plymstock CC between 1958-78 and was a part-time member of the side that won the Devon League title in 1973.

Mainwaring turned out four times in the 16 matches played in the title-winning season. He took 10 wickets for 100 runs (average 10.00) and scored 77 runs (average 25.66) in those games. 

He worked as a teacher and latterly in the finance industry.

Colin Gill, one of the surviving members of Plymstock’s title-winning team, said Mainwaring would be remembered with affection.

“Richard had a tremendous sense of humour, which was evident whether on aa sports field, in a classroom or with friends.

“Having Anglo-Welsh parents he supported Wales at rugby and England at football.

“Richard was someone who once you knew him never forgot and relished his company. 

Dick Mainwaring’s funeral took place on October 18 at Weston Mill Crematorium in Plymouth. A reception was hosted at Staddon Heights CC. He leaves a wife Lesley and two children Katherine and Claire.