Trio of former players are mourned by Northants


Northamptonshire are mourning three of their former players whose deaths have been have just been made known to the club.

Doug Greasley, a middle order batsman and slow left-arm bowler, died in Northampton last month aged 85. Greasley, a Yorkshireman from Hull, made his debut against his native county in 1950 and went on to make 58 appearances for Northamptonshire.

He scored 1,659 runs – including 104 not out against Leicestershire in 1951 in only his fourth County Championship match – and also took 16 wickets. After he was released at the end of the 1955 season Greasley spent a decade playing and coaching in club cricket in Scotland.

John Swinburne, another Yorkshireman, passed away in September aged 71. A schoolteacher, he joined Northamptonshire in 1970 after he impressed playing Minor Counties cricket for Devon.

He played 29 times for the county – mostly in 1970 and 1971 – and claimed 83 wickets, including 6 for 57 against Warwickshire in 1971. Swinburne returned briefly to the club in 1974, taking 5 for 22 to help Bishan Bedi dismiss Nottinghamshire for just 67. He later returned to Minor Counties cricket with Shropshire.

Eddie Davis – the younger brother of another county stalwart, Percy – died in July at the age of 89. Brackley-born Davis made 104 first-class appearances for Northamptonshire as a batsman between 1947 and 1956, scoring just over 4,000 runs including three centuries. His career-best score of 171 came against Leicestershire at Northampton in 1949.

After leaving Wantage Road, Davis became club professional at Wisbech CC and turned out for Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship.

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