Mick Haynes

27 November 2019

Sadly, Mick Haynes, club president and former First XI Captain, died on 23 October 2019, aged 76.

Mick was well-known to the older generation of club members, but – due to his battle with cancer over the last seven years – was a less familiar figure to members who have joined the club more recently.

Mick was one of the nicest men ever to pick up a bat and put on a pair of pads.

He played for the county as a schoolboy, and then played at Swinbrook. He joined the Mills as a teenager in the late 1950s, and for the next sixty years he was a big part of the club, and a big part of local cricket.

For a long time, Mick was a leading player. In his prime, a good all-rounder: a good fielder, with a strong arm and safe hands; a good batsman, who scored his share of runs; and an especially good bowler – the scorebooks would show that he bowled a lot of maidens and took a lot of wickets.

Mick’s run-up was just a few fast steps, but he was a tall, strong man and he bowled with a high action and fast arm – at his peak he hit the pitch quite hard and the ball would nip about, and many batsmen found it was on them a little quicker than they expected. He bowled his overs quickly, like a one-man campaign against slow over rates.

Mick contributed to the club in many ways. He was a popular captain of the First XI for nine seasons in the eighties. He coached and managed youth teams. He helped on the ground, and served on the committee for many years. When he finished playing, he umpired quietly and very well on many occasions. He always played his part in any fund-raising activity. Latterly, he was club president for fourteen years.

In the days after Mick died, one of the best players in the county from the sixties and seventies sent a message saying that Mick was ‘always a good opponent’. He was known as a good player and as someone who played the game in a good way – competitively, fairly, and with a good perspective on winning and losing.

He was also always a good team-mate – modest, self-effacing, and easy-going, with a big smile and a good sense of humour.

Witney Mills Cricket Club mourns the loss of a good man, and extends its deepest sympathies to Mick’s wife Jenny, sons Paul and Kevin, daughter-in-law Ana, and grandson Alfred.

Mick is pictured below in a Witney Mills team in 1987 when he was the proud 1st XI captain.

Mick Haynes

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