(Tony) Oakey March 2013
Tim Granger February 2013
Tony Inman April 2010
Anthony Oakey (Tony)
1932 - 2013
Tony was born in Worcester and at the age of 11 years moved to Stourport
with his parents. He was educated at Stourport Secondary Modern School
until the age of 14 years when he left and joined the Stourport Gas
Company moving to Kidderminster Gas Company at the age of 16 years.
At the age of 19 years Tony left the Gas Company and joined Worcestershire
Constabulary and remained there until 1980 when he took a position at
Lee Castle Hospital from where he finally retired, through ill health,
Tony met his future wife at Areley Kings Youth Club and they were married
His cricket career started with the Worcestershire Constabulary where
he played from 1951 through to 1965 when he ventured into cricket umpiring.
He became a member if Kidderminster and District Umpires Association
where he served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Tony was a founder member of the Worcestershire Cricket Umpires Association,
later known as Worcestershire Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association
In 1975 Tony passed his first umpires examination with a mark of 98%.
In 1980 Tony passed the First Class Examination and was made a full
member of The Association Of Cricket Umpires and Scorers and umpired
in many prestigious matches.
He was made a Honorary Life Vice President of the Terry Church league
in 1990 a life member of the Kidderminster and District Umpires Association
in1994 and a Life Member of Worcestershire Cricket Umpires and Scorers
Association in 2009. He was presented with the ECB Association of Cricket
Officials long service tie in 2012.
1934 – 2013
Tim was born in 1934 in Wiltshire and grew up on his parents farm. The
later part of his school life was spent at Chippenham Grammar School
when, upon leaving, he joined the Civil Service where he spent all of
his working life apart from the two years National Service. This time
was spent in Hong Kong and Singapore mainly playing sport. His sporting
interests, amongst others, were hockey, rugby and cricket and in later
life golf. His love for cricket was paramount umpiring in league cricket
in the southern counties. During this time he also used his knowledge
of the game to instruct new umpires. Tim and his wife Gillian moved
to Worcestershire some nineteen years ago when he soon became involved
in local cricket spending some years umpiring in The Birmingham and
District Premier League and The Worcestershire County League. He joined
the Worcestershire Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association soon after
the move to Worcestershire becoming the Association Education Officer
and later the Association Chairman. Tim was instrumental in the organisation
of The Worcester Evening League and the Indoor League. Soon after The
ECB Association of Cricket Officials took over from The Association
of Umpire and Scorers Tim became Secretary to the Midlands Regional
Council and subsequently The Membership Services Officer for the Midlands
Tim spent the Saturday morning of that fateful day in February making
his presentation to the Captains of the Worcestershire County League.
He was in good spirits and apparently good health leaving the meeting
with a cheery “see you later”. Later that afternoon he suddenly
Tim you will be sadly missed. God Bless.
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Tony Inman died after a long illness on Monday, 26th April 2010. He
was one of the Founder Members of the Worcestershire Cricket Umpires
and Scorers Association and over the years, he was, in turn, a Committee
Member, our Training Officer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman. With his analytical
mind, he represented our Association in the Jarvis Cup and acted as
Quiz Master and Question Setter for our contests with our friends and
rivals from Gloucestershire.
When we took our first exam in April 1971, Tony came out top even though
he was not available to take the course, gaining a Second Class Pass.
Returning to the exam room the following year, he was one of many who
gained a First Class Pass.
This qualified him to umpire the County 2nd XI which he did for several
years with great distinction and when the Mini World Cup was held in this
country, he umpired the Final at Lord’s.
His main interest in umpiring and more latterly in scoring was with Worcester
Nomads for whom he played many years. He was also interested in examining
umpires and he was, for a time, the Regional Examinations Officer for
the West Midland Region of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers,
helping many members to become qualified.
dedication to Cricket, Umpiring and Scoring brought him many friends and
the standing of our Association is a memorial to his achievements over