To remember and celebrate the life of Ray Hawes a memorial cricket match is being held this summer between a Ray Hawes XI and a Nigel Cassidy XI.
Ray Hawes died in November in Charleston, South Carolina, USA age 75. He was an outstanding local sportsman at cricket, golf, squash and table tennis.
He captained Thame Cricket Club in the 1966 and 1967 seasons scoring thousands of runs during his time there including a record breaking 1537 runs in 1964, average 48.83, highest score of 148 not out v Buckingham. He moved to Aylesbury CC in 1969 where he became the first batsman for 20 years to score 1,000 runs in a season. He went on to captain the club for many years in 1970s. He represented Bucks and Devon over-50s.
The Ray Hawes XI will be captained by his nephew, Steve Cooley, another past captain of Aylesbury, and will include his son Geoff, who lives in USA managing Ray’s businesses, and his teenage American grandsons.
A Nigel Cassidy XI captained by his son, Darren, will provide the opposition. Nigel Cassidy died in 2008 age 62. Nigel is an Oxford United legend, a centre forward who made 116 appearances between 1970-74 scoring 33 goals. He was also an accomplished club cricketer. After retirement from football he became an hotelier in Cornwall. He and Ray were good friends.
The match in on:
SUNDAY 29TH JUNE at THAME TOWN CRICKET CLUB
Christ Church Meadow, Thame.