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Dave Needham


It is with great sadness Torquay CC has heard of the sudden passing of Dave Needham.

Dave although most closely linked with Barton CC he had a fairly nomadic cricket career across Torbay, especially after his boys followed him into cricket.   A lifestyle I guess which undoubtedly simply mirrored his career in the military and subsequently theirs.

Dave during the mid / late 90s spasmodically played for the 2nd XI though frequently turned out for the Midweek XI.  However, his four sons, all of whom followed him into the military, had careers of varying lengths at The Rec.  The feat of all five playing for the same XI never happened though at Torquay CC – the nearest was Dave plus three (eldest son Shaun was the one AWOL).

The three performances of note by his boys were when no 3 son Chris had the innings of his life in a cup match at Exeter – just failing to see Torquay home from an impossible position.  (Dr Bruce Coleman their scorer agreed in the end a tie would have been a fair result.)  Another was no 1 son Shaun scoring his sole league century for Torquay against Exmouth at The Rec – by all accounts Evo had never been so nervous with someone in their 90s.  Lastly no 2 son Peter was one half of the record 6th wicket partnership for the 2nd XI A Division league for several years – he and James Toms put on 114 against Plymouth in 2002.   

In recent years, Dave was most frequently seen again doing laps of Cricketfield Road with the family dog, watching his eldest son now having served his time with the Royal Marines play.  You always knew though you would be in for a good debate / discussion – Barton Torquay banter of old.

Our condolences go out to all the Needham family.

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