Cricket Scotland is sad to report the passing of former SCU Chair Alun Davies, who died peacefully on 24th September.
Originally from South Wales, Alun moved to Edinburgh in 1959 to work as a geologist in Grange Terrace. It was over two years later that he noticed a cricket club playing only one street away from his office and soon became involved at Carlton CC.
A medium-paced right-arm bowler and a more than useful middle-order, left-handed batsman, he became the captain of the 1st XI, and went on to become the driving force at Grange Loan, noted not just for his exploits on the field, but for his blunt down-to-earth Welsh wisdom serving in various capacities at the club and in the administration of the East League.
In 2001 Alun served as Chairman of the Scottish Cricket Union and was instrumental in setting up the National Leagues during his tenure.
Alun played in the Carlton 1st XI for 24 years, captaining them from 1964 to 1976. In his 1st XI career he took 1,110 wickets at 13.33 and scored 8,631 runs at 23.91, including 113 sixes. He became President in 1986, a role he held for 9 years before becoming only the 3rd Honorary Life President in the club’s history in 1995. He won the 1st XI Bowling prize on 6 occasions and the Batting prize once as well as the Jappy Trophy in 1991 for his work as President, Captain and on the ground.
A talented sportsman, Alun also played squash to a high standard at the Edinburgh Sports Club and enjoyed a regular game of golf at Mortonhall Golf Club where he served on Council for four years.
Alun will be missed by all within the Scottish cricketing community.
In celebration of the life of Alun Davies, his funeral service is to be held at Mortonhall Crematorium ( EH16 6TX ) at 1 pm on Thursday 3rd October followed by a reception at Mortonhall Golf Club, Braid Road ( EH10 6PB ).
All who wish to pay their respects will be welcome at the service and reception.