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Anthony (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, in 1993.
Tony met his future wife at Areley Kings Youth Club and they were married in 1958.
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.

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Timothy John Granger.
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 Region.
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 passed away.
Tim you will be sadly missed. God Bless.

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Tony Inman


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.

His dedication to Cricket, Umpiring and Scoring brought him many friends and the standing of our Association is a memorial to his achievements over the years.

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