ANYONE that met Maurice Young was bowled over by his enthusiasm and dedication to cricket, writes Paul Goodwin.
The 79-year-old from Scawthorpe lost his long battle with cancer earlier this month.
But his contribution to the game he cherished, which saw him inspire hundreds of youngsters across Doncaster to take up the sport, will never be forgotten.
Jill Howey, Doncaster’s schools sports coordinator, contacted the Free Press to pay tribute to ‘Mr Cricket’.
Jill said: “Maurice was instrumental in setting up junior cricket sections at each of the clubs he was involved at during 50 years in the sport as a player, coach and umpire.
“These clubs included Doncaster Town, Brodsworth Main, Rossington Main and most recently Bentley Colliery.
“Each of those clubs will be eternally grateful for his energy, drive and passion in inspiring thousands of youngsters to progress from the school coaching programmes he set up into the clubs he was involved with.
“His influence has left a fantastic legacy at Bentley.
“The club has been so successful and the junior section is now inundated with youngsters and qualified coaches.”
Maurice’s sterling work with schools and local clubs saw him collect several honours, including a Sky Sports OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket Award).
Peter Davies also presented Maurice with a Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at a ceremony at the Keepmoat Stadium last year.
“He didn’t want to receive those accolades,” said Jill.
“All he ever cared about was the youngsters and helping people improve their lives.
“Maurice was a truly modest and remarkable man,” she added.
“He will be sorely missed, always remembered and forever in our hearts.
“He will leave an enormous gap in and around Scawthorpe, Bentley, Toll Bar, Woodlands and Askern.
“It was a real pleasure to have known Maurice and he was an inspiration to many people.”
Rotherham United fan Maurice was a governor at Castle Hills Primary School in Scawthorpe.
He was also an honouree president of Bentley Colliery CC.
Maurice leaves his wife Joan, children Karen and Stephen and his grandchildren Scott and Louie.
Rupert Wilcock, Bentley Colliery CC’s secretary, said: “Maurice will be remembered for his involvement at all levels of cricket from county, district, to the Doncaster area.
“His experience and love of the game shone through, and he dedicated so much time to helping others.
“He will never be forgotten by everyone at Bentley Collery Cricket Club.”
Gareth Davis, South Yorkshire cricket development manager, added: “It is down to the time, effort and belief that Maurice put in at Bentley Colliery that we now have a hub for cricket in the Bentley area.
“We are all now charged will continuing the fantastic work this great man has done, in order to honour him and his family.”