Jack’s old club win his trophy

The Jack Douch Memorial Trophy for cricket in the Dorset community has been won by Wimborne & Colehill CC – the club Jack used to play for.

The trophy and cheque for £400 were provided by the league sponsors, the Dorset Funeral Plan, and presented by Jack’s son Peter.

Wimborne won the award for developing a women’s softball section, great success with youngsters, exemplary conduct and excellent pitch reports.

Dorchester CC were mentioned for getting 60 children into cricket and Charlton Down for their continued success on and off the pitch.

But the decision by the Dorset Cricket Board on behalf of the league came out for Wimborne, who also had member Adrian Prince nominated for an ECB OSCA and a trip to Lord’s for lunch with Mike Gatting.

Jack Douch worked for his father’s firm, FC Douch and Son in Wimborne from the age of 14. The firm now has eight funeral branches across Dorset.

The Dorset Funeral Plan has sponsored the cricket league for more than ten years. Following Jack’s death five years ago his family introduced an award for the club that has done most for the game in their community.

Nigel Davies, vice-chairman and fixture secretary for Wimborne & Colehill CC, received the award at the League’s annual meeting at the Crown Hotel in Blandford.

Said Davies: “I’m delighted that we’ve won the award because Jack would have been so pleased.

“We’re a club that embraces everyone; we have boys and girls aged five upwards and a new women’s section.

“We have four teams on a Saturday, a Sunday team, midweek team and a whole youth section.

“Our pitches are good and next year we are hosting an international on May 27, between Dorset and Wales.”

Peter Douch, chairman of the Douch Family Funeral Directors which runs the Dorset Funeral Plan, presented the trophy. He said: “My father would have been delighted to see Wimborne win. He always wanted cricket to embrace everyone and worked towards it.

“He played, umpired, scored, administered and watched cricket at Wimborne for many years and was a huge supporter of cricket in Dorset.”

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