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The media world was shocked on March 12 to learn of the death of Dave Callaghan, who gave website ball-by-ball coverage of all of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's first team matches for Radio Leeds. He died following a heart attack three days earlier.
Dave, a full member of The Cricket Writers' Club, was also a much valued member of the Dinner sub-committee, and at the Club's awards lunch in 2016 he did a question-and-answer session with Australian Jason Gillespie who was about to end his five-year association with Yorkshire which saw them win the County Championship in two consecutive seasons.
CWC President and Yorkshire cricket writer, David Warner, paying tribute to Dave, said: "His sudden and untimely death has come as a terrible shock to me and my heart goes out to his wife, Pat, and their family.
"In all of my 44 seasons of covering Yorkshire cricket, I have not come across a more likable or friendly colleague who was a larger than life figure and who was a consummate professional.
"He was superbly suited to his earlier roles as Radio Leeds sports editor before joining the Rugby League for a while but he it was when he began covering Yorkshire CCC home and away that he found his perfect niche in life.
"When the BBC local radio stations began their ball-by-ball coverage of County Cricket I wondered if the long hours and total commitment which was necessary would prove too arduous for Dave, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
"He relished the challenge and was absolutely brilliant, not only giving day-long live commentary but also cutting in several times each hour to serve the local radio stations throughout Yorkshire.
"Dave led the way and his expertise was admired by colleagues doing a similar job with other counties around the country.
"Both the media and Yorkshire County Cricket Club have lost a dear friend whom it will be virtually impossible to replace but it must be of some comfort to all who knew him that he went out at the very top of his game.
"Dave's death is also deeply felt by Yorkshire scorer, John Potter, and the three of us had many a happy evening together when Yorkshire were playing at away venues."
"'He was the life and soul of any gathering and was respected by all of the players that he was so closely connected with,' said John."
Mark Baldwin, CWC chairman, added:
It is with very great sadness that I pass on the terrible news about Dave Callaghan, who died today. Further details are now on the Yorkshire County Cricket Club website, so please go to
Dave was held in great affection by so many people in cricket, both in our business and in the wider game. He was also an active contributor to the life of the Cricket Writers' Club, having served as a member of the Lunch sub-committee for a number of years. Indeed, the rest of us on this sub-committee were looking forward to seeing him next Monday (March 19) when we are holding the first main meeting of the year to plan and prepare for this October's Annual Lunch. As many of you will remember, Dave made a big contribution in particular to the Club's 70th anniversary lunch, held at the Merchant Taylor's Hall in London, in 2016, when he and Jason Gillespie performed a special version of their highly-popular stage double act 'Dizzy and Dave'. Can I join Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur (see Yorkshire website piece) in passing on my and the Club's heartfelt condolences to Dave's wife Pat and his family, and to echo the county's request to respect the Callaghan family's privacy at this time.
On what has been a truly sad day for CWC, I also learned earlier today of the death of Neil Bell, of BBC South East (and formerly of BBC Radio Kent) and another long-standing member of our Club, who had been suffering from cancer. Again, it is awful to lose such a popular and respected colleague at no great age, and the CWC's thoughts also go to Neil's family.
Dave Callaghan's funeral service will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Westgate, Wetherby, LS22 6LL, on Friday, March 23, at 10.00am, followed by refreshments at The Bridge Hotel, Walshford, Wetherby, LS22 5HS, after the service. An early arrival in Wetherby is advised as parking can be difficult.
The Cricket Writers’ Club has surely never endured a sadder 24 hours. Soon after the awful news of the deaths of Dave Callaghan and Neil Bell comes confirmation that David Munden has finally lost a long battle against Parkinson’s Disease.
Many CWC members will recall David’s fine cricket photography, and his immensely likeable character, but he was also a talented batsman who played for Leicestershire Second XI from 1975 until 1981 and was a contemporary of David Gower, with whom he also represented England Under 19s.
His passion for cricket was evident in the way he took to photographing the game once he realised he would not go on to enjoy a senior county career, and he was a highly popular and much-respected colleague in and around press boxes at home and abroad. Cruelly, David’s illness eventually forced him to retire from his photographic work and he fought against the debilitations of Parkinson’s for many years.
On behalf of CWC, I would like to send our condolences and best wishes to David’s family. The losses of David, ‘Cally’ and Neil Bell – all relatively young, and all within such a short time of each other – have hit this Club hard, but in different ways and across different mediums the three of them contributed much to the promotion and presentation of cricket to a wide audience and they will be remembered with huge affection. What they shared, meanwhile, was a deep love of cricket and respect for the game.
For those Members who wish to attend David Munden's funeral, details are as follows: it will take place at 3.30pm on Tuesday 3 April, at Gilroes Crematorium, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QG.
Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman 13th March, 2018
CWC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
This year's Cricket Writers' Club AGM, and early-season social, will be held in the Boundary's Edge Room at Trent Bridge on Wednesday April 25, so please put this date in your diaries and do all you can to be in attendance.
As at Edgbaston last year, the Club will be providing buffet food and drinks both before and after the AGM, which will start around 2pm. The pre-AGM reception will start at 12.45pm and the Boundary's Edge Room - which is situated close to the Media Centre - is ours to use until 5pm.
Nottinghamshire CCC are much looking forward to welcoming us on the day, and there might be some useful media briefings both from them and ECB personnel during the event.
After the success of last year's AGM/social at Edgbaston, this is an opportunity for Midlands and North-based CWC members in particular to support the Club, in addition to those travelling up from London and all points south on the day.
Further details of the AGM/social, including the meeting's agenda, will be circulated nearer the time.
LORD'S TAVERNERS IMPACT REPORT
Mike Hartwell, Head of Marketing and Communications, The Lord's Taverners, writes:
The Lord's Taverners are creating more opportunities than ever before for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in cricket and sport in their local communities.
Last year, the charity invested £4.4m in new equipment, facilities, resources and the significant expansion of all its cricket programmes across the UK. More than 300 schools play Table Cricket across 30 county boards, its Disability Cricket programme is now being delivered in London, Birmingham and Manchester with a further three locations set to be active by the end of 2018, while Wicketz is now delivered in 13 locations across the UK with more to come.
Following the disastrous Ashes series, it will come as no surprise that England are the 19/10 outsiders for the ODI series. Australia are 2/5 to win the series and it is 9/1 that they do so 5-0. That said, England are 6/4 to win the first ODI and it is 6/1 that Joe Root top scores in an England victory.
“England are a good one day side and the odds might just be underestimating their chances,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
First ODI: 8/15 Australia, 6/4 England 9/2 Steve Smith Top Score In Aussie Victory 6/1 Joe Root Top Score In England Victory Century Scored In Match: 8/13 Yes, 6/5 No
Series Betting: 2/5 Australia, 19/10 England
Series Correct Score: 13/8 Australia 3-2, 5/2 Australia 4-1, 9/1 Australia 5-0 5/2 England 3-2, 9/1 England 4-1, 40/1 England 5-0.
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