David Barnes

Written by: Wolverhampton C.C.
Date: 11/06/2018

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Former Wolverhampton C.C. stalwart David Barnes has passed away at the age of 80. He was a faithful supporter of the club for 65 years as a playing member, social member and a life member. He served on the club committee in many roles including club captain, club chairman and club president. 

During his distinguished playing career, he played for Shropshire in Minor County cricket and in both Warwickshire and Worcestershire’s 2nd XI, primarily as a batsman. Many members of the club and opposition teams will, also, remember him as a wily right-arm off-spin bowler! He led the club to victory against The Mote C.C. from Kent at Lord’s in the 1973 final of the National Knock-Out competition, the first club in the Midlands to achieve the feat. He, also, played in the 1988 final under the leadership of Peter Jones. Other achievements included the captaincy of the MCCC Tour to Australia in the early 1970’s and he was appointed to the same role for the Wolverhampton Cricket Association’s Tour to the West Indies in 1977. David played for the Staffordshire Over 50’s team and, finally, hung up his whites when approaching his 60th birthday. 

The club mourns the loss of a great character, a humorous man who was the master of dry wit. His passing leaves a huge gap in the life of the club but he, also, leaves behind a host of memories to recall at a later date. He will be missed by all who knew him at Wolverhampton C.C. and other clubs on the West Midlands circuit and sincere condolences are extended to Barbara and his sons James and Richard and their families at this very difficult time.