The cricketing fraternity of Pembrokeshire was saddened to learn of the death this week of Hugh Phillips (80), who was a life member of Haverfordwest Cricket Club and the Pembroke County Cricket Club.

Hugh had played cricket for The Town for many years and was club captain three times, in 1972, 1976 and 1977 – and was also the club’s Hon Secretary from 1977 to 1979.

As a youngster he played cricket for the county and in 1958, he was awarded his county youth cap.

He was also a hugely respected member of the executive committee of the county club from 1972 to 1998 and during that time he was assistant secretary from 1988 to 1992 – and life membership was his reward for such long service.

David Loosmore, the Chairman of Haverfordwest Cricket Club and a family friend over many years said: “Hugh was a great servant of the club and county over many years and he will be sorely missed by players and members alike. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to his wife Jean and family at this sad time.”

The kind comments made on social media by members of other clubs show the esteem in which Hugh was held and Telegraph Sport's sympathies also go out to Jean, his daughter Jayne, sons Andrew and Stephen, plus their grandchildren and others in the family.

Jean has always been a terrific supporter of Hugh and the family, and both sons were county regulars and footballers, whilst Jayne is rightly regarded as one of the top scorers in the county.

The funeral will take place at 1.45pm on Wednesday, April 25, with a service at Narberth Crematorium followed by refreshments back at Haverfordwest Cricket Club, and it is anticipated that a large crowd will be in attendance to pay their last respects to someone who has served cricket so well over such a long period of time.