Denis Pratt

It is with great sadness to advise of the recent loss of Denis Pratt, who died on Wednesday the 8th of August.

Denis was one of the heroes of Methlick Cricket Club; a happy fixture at Lairds as one of the original groundsmen, preparing the wicket and outfield for match day and setting it up as one of the most envied grounds in the North East of Scotland.

Denis was always on hand to prepare the hall on match day, helping his wife Noreen with the teas and to clean up after all the players had gone.

Members will always remember Denis for discovering an ability to collect the match fees, and no player would be allowed to start changing until Denis had had his fiver.

He enjoyed the camaraderie of the club and was always on his seat at the bar in the Ythan View to join in the celebrations or commiserations after the game.

As Denis’s health worsened he was unable to work as much on the ground, but until the end was a regular at the home games, always turning up as one of our most loyal supporters on his mobility scooter.

Denis will be sadly missed by us all in Methlick and our thoughts go out to Noreen and their family at this time.

Mark Woodhouse