FRIENDS, family and cricket rivals got together at the club he loved to pay one final tribute to cricket lover Stuart Munday.
Munday, who died aged 72 in May this year, was chairman of the Devon Cricket League, an official of the David Shepherd Cricket Trust, an active fund-raiser for the Lord’s Taverners charity, a Devon CCC committeeman and a former captain of the Devon Seniors.
Despite his many affiliations, Munday always described Tavistock’s ground high above his home-town as ‘the home of cricket’.
Now the ‘home of cricket’ has the Stuart Munday Pavilion to remember their former, player, captain, chairman and president by.
A plaque signalling the new name was unveiled prior to a 30-over game between Tavistock and a President’s XI on the last day of the season.
Stuart’s wife Wendy and daughter Zoë, accompanied by her husband David and their children Darcy and Toby, formed the unveiling party in front of players and guests.
David Manning, the Tavistock chairman and a former team-mate of Munday’s said, it was a fitting tribute to someone who did so much for the club.
He added: “It was fantastic so see so many people there, friends of Stuart’s and players he played with and against.
“People came from London and all over the country to be part of the day, some of them ex-players I had never heard of. Luckily, Eric Jarman was there and he knew them.
“Lots of stories were told about playing with Stuart over the years – he would have loved it.
“It was a fitting way to pay tribute to Stuart for his contribution to cricket in Tavistock and further afield.”
Formalities over the game got under way.
Tavistock made 165 in the 30-over match – Matt Puttock hitting a top score of 41.
The President’s XI struggled to keep up with the run rate and finished well adrift on 145 for eight despite Phil Bees making 28 not out trying to catch up at the end.
Tavistock 165 (B Russell 32, M Puttock 41; S A Lott 2-25, A Gauler 3-37, S Bray 2-20), President’s XI 145-8 (P Bees 28no; W Scott-Munden 3-32).