Remembering Dave Greaves

 

Dave Greaves was no stranger to East Leeds CC when he joined alongside Alan Child and Eric Harris from Woodhouse in 1975 as he had been a long term member of East Leeds WMC and had represented them with distinction in the annual friendly against the cricketers.

As a forceful middle order batsman, he scored 1,610 runs at an average of 15.50 between 1975 and 1982, skippering East Leeds to a thrilling, but ultimately unsuccessful Hepworth Cup final against an all-conquering Carlton side in 1978.

Perhaps his extravagantly flighted leg-breaks (a-la Kent) should have been used more often given the fact that his career tally of 5 wickets came at only 6 runs apiece and featured a spell of 3-8 at School Lane in 1977 to force a win against an obdurate Colton 2nd XI.

Dave’s single half century came the same year in a home victory over Great Preston and included 5 x 4s and 3 x 6s most of which came from his powerful straight and off-side driving.

It was however Dave’s enthusiasm for fielding which most readily comes to mind; by no means the most athletic cover fieldsman the club has seen, but he was always on his toes and seldom can a batsman have felt more intimidated by the way he attacked the ball; this example, attended by an urgent “c’comon-a” raised the general level of alertness of all those around him.

A family man with an exceedingly dry sense of humour, Dave was also an accomplished billiards and snooker player but sadly, his later years were blighted by the hideous illness of dementia.

Dave’s recent passing has left a hole in the lives of those he loved and our thoughts go out to Anne, Carole, Alison and the wider family.

Good night and God bless Greavesy.