Thursday, November 5th, 2015

County President Lord King Of Lothbury Pays Tribute To Tom Graveney

Worcestershire CCC President Lord Mervyn King of Lothbury has paid a moving and fitting tribute to Tom Graveney who sadly passed away on Tuesday aged 88.

Lord King used to watch Graveney in action as a Worcestershire supporter during the 1960s and witnessed his 100th century at New Road.

He eventually became friends with Graveney and spoke at his inaugral dinner after becoming the President of the MCC.

Lord King writes: "It is a very sad day for all Worcestershire people. We learnt that Tom Graveney had passed away. At 88, he had a good innings, but if anyone deserved a century it was Tom.

"He scored many of them, and I was honoured to see him score his hundredth hundred at New Road.

"As a small boy, I admired him from afar; as a man I was privileged to be admitted to his friendship.

"His memory of games in the distant past was phenomenal.

"When he became President of the MCC, he invited me to speak at his inaugural dinner. His pride at taking office was visible, as was his humility in joining a long line of distinguished occupants of that office.

"Tom represented everything best in the world of cricket.

"There were few more pleasurable ways to spend time than sitting with Tom watching cricket at New Road.

"I shall miss him greatly."