Bashley (Rydal) CC has lost a true cricket lover with the passing of Chris Read. An elegant batsman he retired from playing at the club to take up umpiring in 2002 and quickly established himself as one of the most respected umpires on the panel. He remained a keen supporter of the club, taking an interest in all of the teams from Juniors to Seniors. Chris also joined the grounds men team, served on the committee, and when not umpiring could be found watching; enjoying the banter and company of all around him. A kind, compassionate gentleman. Chris’s funeral is at All Saints Church, Mudeford, BH23 3HS, on Friday 13th April at 1pm.