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Our Friend Tim Monday

 Tim Monday & co selfie
Monday and his evil sidekick Howgate causing more trouble at a club event a few years ago

A character, loveable rogue, cheeky chappie, hell raiser. Just some of the phrases to describe our dearly departed friend. He was a one man chaos machine and judging by all the messages that have come in on Twitter from the cricketing community, "loveable" may be the adjective best suited to remembering him.

We've lost some good friends in the last few years and of course dear Bob Llewellyn was the first serious loss of a club stalwart. Tim played in the present era and was at the very heart of all that's good at the club. He was passionate about the development of junior players and who can forget his  "egg" catching practice. Most were hard boiled but not all.

When you think of our club, you think of Will, Jason and Mandy, Nanny Jean who still regularly watches Grandson Callum; Jim and the unsung Al Reeves. We now of course have Sarah and Harriet but we also think of Tom Chambers and Howgate who played the best games of their lives on Saturday afternoon. And you think of this man, our friend, who was always there in some capacity - usually playing or if not, coming down to support a midweek game. He embodied this club which makes his passing so much harder for us to take.

Tim passed away on Saturday doing what he did best, playing cricket with his mates. And his favourite team mate of course was son Jack. Timbo could frustrate you and you didn't always agree with his team selections but he could make you cry with laughter, he was fantastic with our colts, his knowledge of the opposition was second to none as the President and I have noted and his knowledge of his own team mates wasn't far behind. And we are indebted to his (much quieter!) son because without him telling his old man what to do, they'd both have spent the last few years together playing at Wisborough Green. I remember Tim saying to me when I first met him with typical modesty: "I'm good but that lad there is going to be twice as good as me". Many of us just knew him at the weekend when he could be found chattering away to his team mates or the oppo on the fields of Sussex or telling you yet another anecdote with a pint in one hand and a fag in the other at the Rec.

Tim Monday 2012
In 2012 playing 1s for the Wiz 

He joined us in 2012 initially as a Sunday player but later Jack told him once and for all that if he wanted to play league cricket with his son, it was to be at West Chilt. And really that's all Tim wanted to do as his batting declined and his fielding rivalled Fitzgerald for athleticism. Bowl and then watch his lad bat. Jack has had a quiet season on his return from Sheffield and he again had a low score in the fateful Middleton game but he'll be happy as I am that Dad saw him score a beautiful 80 odd against a ridiculously quick Martlets attack in our Cricket Week. Dad's stats were reasonably good too but it's his brain which we'll miss the most - his knowledge founded in Hampshire, Sussex and South Africa where he lived for a few years working and playing the summer game of course. His three tons were all on Sunday and ironically his last one was Bob's last game at Crawley Down in 2013. His 100 odd wickets for us included 36 in our historic promotion season (he managed 50 odd in consecutive Wizz seasons) and he came on our second Devon tour where we swam in the River Teign and enjoyed glorious weather all over East Devon.

tim monday 2013
Up to no good again

We've had a few eras at this club. The post merger era with Chambers smashing balls all over Sussex, Neil Miller caressing them with his wand and Chaloner taking a bucketful of wickets. 2005 saw colts appear on the scene for the first time under PJ and Brian Jeffries with Will Chambers, Jake, Jon Tolson etc. In 2009, two Aussies turned up and changed the club forever. Bob was the constant throughout those days. But I really think this is the end of the next period which we can safely call the Monday era. Tim was the only person I know that managed to get two different sides up into the County League - Wisborough Green in 2011 and us four years later. Following Sunday games in 2012 and 2013, he joined us as club captain in 2014 with a remit from the then Chairman Neil Miller to get us up which he duly did at the second attempt. After one season in the County League, he handed over to Tim Jarvis at the end of 2016 but retained his position in the 1st XI as a specialist "go to" bowler who always caused the opposition serious problems. It's no secret that he felt he was ready to move down to the 2s so how typical of him to leave us and the sport he loved at the top.

1st XI 20 May 2017 small pic
Monday and his mates

Trying to think what he would have done on Saturday night as we all raised a few glasses several times in his memory. The answer is probably stand up and whittle on for hours making some big speech in his own unique style before we'd have all shouted at him to sit down and shut up! That was Monday though and we wouldn't have had him any other way. We are indebted to Wisborough Green for letting him go in 2014 and hope that once the immediate grief has subsided, we can all think of a suitable way to remember the old codger. 

RIP Tim Monday

Tim Monday bat&cap July 2017

 

Stephen Hodgson
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