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Hampshire’s cricket community mourns the great Tony Baker – Daily Echo

He combined his cricketing talents with organisational skills and, during his time with the Touring Club, was secretary, fixture secretary and treasurer – all at the same time.

He had a leading role in Hampshire’s move to the Rose Bowl and was previously treasurer at Northlands Road for eight years.

He was also an outstanding batsman as well as being a kind and genial teammate with a great sense of humour.

As OTs captain in 1972, Tony performed the feat of taking all ten wickets in a cup final in Southampton Parks, finishing with 10-26 as OTs beat Netley Central to win the Hector Young Trophy.

Tall and powerfully built, he was a leading basketball player in the region, playing for the Southampton representative side and Old Tauntonians.

Tony is survived by his wife Sally and his sons, Paul and Jonathan.

His involvement with Southern League cricket was immense, initially as treasurer then the league’s chairman, prior to taking up his role at Hampshire.

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