Edgar Pepper passes away
Posted by Richard Harrison on 02/02/2018 20:06
It is with great sadness I inform you that Club President Edgar Pepper passed away on Friday 26th January 2018. Our oldest surviving playing member, he joined the Club in 1948 when it reconvened after the Second World War.
An extremely stylish all-rounder, he was twice selected to play for the Nottinghamshire Cricket Association in the 1950's, an honour that only a couple of club members ever received.
For Clifton, his tally of over 6000 runs at an average of almost 22 came at over twice the rate of nearly all his team-mates. In an age when team scores of over 100 were generally match-winning, his ability to hit 50's was unsurpassed. In the period between 1954-1965 Edgar topped the club batting averages 10 times in 12 seasons, hitting over a third of all the half-centuries made in that period. It is perhaps the fact that the majority of his club cricket was played in an era before manicured outfields, and on pitches that most today would only consider good enough to grow vegetables, that explains why his highest recorded score is only 89 not out, made at West Bridgfordians in 1965. The local paper described his batting, "Pepper was of course the mainstay, by using his feet he contained the spin bowling and scored runs from lovely drives."
With the ball, Edgar took over 420 wickets costing less than 10 runs a piece. In 1954 he topped not only the club batting but also the club bowling averages, including his best bowling figures an incredible 7 wickets for 2 runs coming against a Morris Wilkinson “works” team. At Clumber Park on one occasion he took 5 for 17, and the paper reported "aided by a strong cross wind, Pepper soon had the Clumber batsmen in trouble with his flighted off-spinners. It was impossible to score from him. The batsmen could only desperately defend their wickets, but no-one could hold out for long".
Edgar played his last game for the club in 1979. He will surely be considered as one of the finest amateur cricketers ever to play for the Club, but his association didn't end there. He Captained the Club in 1958, was our second longest serving Chairman totalling 14 years, and at the time of his passing had been President for 13 years. Edgar conducted himself with the utmost pride and unassuming dignity - a true gent. The Club are honoured to have had such an outstandingly gifted and enthusiastic servant for the last 70 years.
The Club sends its condolences and best wishes to his widow Mabel, daughters Janice, Diane and Alison and his grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be at Saint Mary's Church, Plumtree at 3.15pm on Friday 9th February.
Edgar in 1950 after sharing an unbeaten century partnership with Harry Tyler.....