Trust founder remembered by award for volunteering

THE memory of one of the founders of David Shepherd Cricket Trust lives on thanks to the generosity of one of his friends.

Stuart Munday was a passionate cricket lover for more than 60 years as a player, captain administrator and charity fund-raiser.

Munday, who died in May 2017 aged 72, was a close friend of Shepherd’s and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the cricket charity that bears his name. He also sat on the Devon County Cricket Club committee from 2012 until his death.

The late Stuart Munday with a batch of DSCT batting helmets that were offered to clubs

Keith White, from the Plymouth-based jewellery company Michael Spiers, knew Munday well and supported a number of his projects over the years.

To keep Munday’s memory alive a trophy has been donated by Michael Spiers to honour a Devon CCC volunteer whose has made a significant contribution to the administration of the county club.

The first winner of the Stuart Munday Trophy is Devon CCC committeeman David Thorneley, who has raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes, including the DSCT, largely through the publication of an annual brochure promoting the county club and its achievements.

“David has also organised charitable fund raising of more than £4,000 for Sidmouth Hospice at Home, the Memory Cafe (dementia support) and the David Shepherd Cricket Trust,” said Neil Gamble, the Devon CCC chairman.

Jack Davey, another founder member of the David Shepherd Cricket Trust, presented the Stuart Munday Trophy to Thorneley on behalf of the county club during a meeting in Exeter.

Davey, who is also the Devon CCC president, was a class-mate, team-mate and firm friend of Munday’s from the mid-1950s, when the two of them met at school in Tavistock. Davey, went on to play professionally for Gloucestershire in the 1960s and 1970s and counted Shepherd as a close friend and team-mate.

When it came to telling cricket stories Munday was a great raconteur, who told stories of his encounters with some of the best-known names in the game. Stories about Munday and his ‘whole-hearted’ approach to the game were regularly swapped over a drink in cricket pavilions by rivals.

Other interests included the Lords’ Taverners cricket charity and the Devon Lions development programme for up-and-coming young cricketers looking to progress in the game.

Jack Davey (centre) presenting David Thorneley (right) with the Stuart Munday Trophy. Also pictured is Devon CCC chairman Neil Gamble