Paul Mitchell (Abbotskerswell) receiving a trophy from Stuart Munday

A MINUTE’S silence will be observed before all Tolchards Devon League games tomorrow to mark the death of competition chairman Stuart Munday.

Stuart, who was 72, died at home in Plympton last Saturday after a courageous battle against cancer and other health problems.

His two sporting passions were cricket – Tavistock CC and Manchester United in particular – and after he wound down his playing career he took to sports administration in a number of roles.

Most recently he was known as the chairman of the Devon Cricket League, a job he took on in 2012 after two years as vice-chairman to Joe Clowes.

Other high-profile roles he held included being a fund-raiser for the Lord’s Taverners, trustee of the David Shepherd Cricket Trust and Devon County Cricket Club committeeman.

Ed Leverton, the Plymouth-based secretary of the league said an act of remembrance was wholly appropriate for someone who did so much for cricket in general and the league in particular.

“Stuart did much for the league and, as our chairman, it is important we mark his passing,” said Leverton.

“The league are requesting all teams participating on Saturday remember Stuart with a minute’s silence before the start of their game.”

Munday always referred to Tavistock’s moorland ground as ‘the home of cricket’ and it is there his ashes will be scattered.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday, May 31. A private cremation service will take place in the morning, followed by a service of thanksgiving at St Eustachius Parish Church in Tavistock (2pm).

A wake will be hosted at Tavistock CC, which will include the scattering of Stuart’s ashes.

The Munday family have requested no flowers and asked for donations instead to the David Shepherd Cricket Trust or St Luke's Hospice via the undertakers, Wyatt Brothers (01752 600437).

Zoë Boote, Stuart’s daughter, said the family has been inundated with messages of support since his death.

“A warm thank you from Stuart's family for all the loving memories, tributes and messages,” she said.