It is with great sadness that we report the death of Gerry Shaw. He died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday February 10. I’m sure all our thoughts are with Jane, his daughters Denise and Helen, and the rest of his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
Gerry was a real stalwart of Eynsham cricket club and has been involved with the club for over 44 years. Gerry first played for Eynsham in 1977 and the earliest record in the club archive is a score of 52 in May 1978 vs Merton. He was a great batter and bowler and skipper of the 1st XI, appearing over 500 times, scoring over 8,300 runs, more than 500 runs in a season twice, one century and 34 fifties. Gerry holds the record for both the highest 2nd and 3rdwicket partnerships at the club with Ben Smitten (190 vs Charlbury II in 1999) and Paul Green (174 vs Marcham in 1988). He took over 670 wickets for Eynsham, with five or more wickets in a match no less than 22 times (second highest in the club) and had best bowling figures of 7-29 vs Ascott-u-Wychwood in 1981. Gerry was one of the finest all-rounders that the club has seen.
Quite apart from his presence on the field he also contributed significantly to the running of the club, holding positions as club Chair, Secretary and President and committee member at different times over the years. More recently Gerry coordinated the umpire team at the club most effectively and was a very active umpire in the upper divisions of both the OCA and Cherwell leagues, as well as for the 1st and 2nd XIs at Eynsham.
We will all miss Gerry’s presence at the club and at School Piece on a Saturday afternoon. Gerry Shaw was one of those individuals that makes a club like Eynsham CC tick. He not only contributed greatly on the field but has also made his mark helping run the club both during his playing days and since he set aside his bat, pads and ball. As John Dennis (one of the founder members of the reformed ECC in 1973) says “Gerry was a great sport, a very able "skipper" and a good all-round cricketer - he has served the club well as a player, committee member and umpire”. We will remember you Gerry.
Honorary Secretary, Eynsham CC
15 February 2022