Every cricket club has its pioneers, those at the forefront as it builds its traditions and strengthens its links, on and off the field. Today we said farewell to one of our own.
Michael Viner-Smith, along with his loving wife Marianne, has been integral to the foundations of the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club. He was celebrated at a service today, attended by a large number of TOSCC players.
The Viner-Smiths have been involved in the TOSCC almost since its inception, at first following the successes of their son, Tim, but then our teams as we have progressed and grown.
At most games you could find Michael and Marianne in a comfortable spot in their armchairs, proud of our boys.
Michael’s knowledge of cricket and passion for the game shone through as he discussed with Tim and others the day’s play.
He was among the happiest at the club last March when we took home the A grade flag and was delighted when Beth made her debut in the women’s team this season.
Quietly, Michael contributed to the TOSCC in other ways, always modestly and without fanfare, right through to this season.
Recently, Michael was made a Life Member of our club.
The club has only been stronger because of the involvement of Michael Viner-Smith and we are weaker for his passing.
Our condolences to Marianne, Tim and Beth – we are here to support, love and embrace you, now in these tough times and forever.
Photo note: Michael (pictured second right) with good friend David Forwood, club president Adrian Zorich and school sports legend Richard Bednall at TOSCC’s 10-year anniversary celebrations in 2017.