NIGEL PEEL DIES, AGED 48
The death occurred at his home at Euxton in Lancashire after a lengthy illness on Thursday, January 28 of former Hale Barns, Bowdon and Cheshire cricketer Nigel David Peel. He was aged 48 and had been suffering from an incurable brain tumour.
Nigel was born at Wythenshawe on November 10, 1967 and was educated at Wellington Road School, where he first showed an aptitude for cricket.
He joined the Hale Barns club in the Cheshire Cricket League, then moved to their more senior neighbours Bowdon in the Cheshire County League in 1987, where he quickly began to excel as an incisive fast bowler.
His prowess was recognised by Cheshire and he went on to make 58 Minor Counties appearances from 1989 - 1996, scoring 97 runs at 6.06 and, more pertinently, 159 wickets at 28.53 including a PB of 8-62 against Dorset at Weymouth in 1990.
He also appeared in 12 NatWest Bank Cup games for Cheshire claiming the unlikely distinction of collecting ducks in his last four innings spread over four years, against Gloucester at Bristol in 1992, Notts at Warrington in 1993, Essex at Chester in 1995 and Northants at Northampton in 1996. He used to joke that was a record which probably never be beaten!
Nigel played for Lancashire 2nd in 1989 and also appeared for the League Cricket Conference in 1993 and for the County League in representative matches from 1992-95.
Nigel made a farewell appearance to watch his beloved Bowdon in the ECB Premier League at South Downs Road last summer, when he made it clear to many old friends, including the writer of this obituary, that he would not be returning.
After retiring from Bowdon in 1999, Nigel moved to work and live in central Lancashire at 40, Milestone Meadow, Euxton PR7 6FD.
Nigel's cricket was always greatly supported by his wife Sian, and together they encouraged their son, Luke, now 13, to take up the game.
The funeral will be at Charnock Richard Crematorium, Preston Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley PR7 5JP on Tuesday, February 9 at 2 p.m. Mourners are invited by Sian to join her for refreshments at Leyland Golf Club, in Wigan Road.
There is a request for family flowers only, but donations will be gratefully received on behalf of St Catherine's Hospice, which Nigel attended. They can be sent via the Funeral Directors Neal Bailey, 6, Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston PR21 0AD by cheque or handed in on the day.
A fitting tribute was paid to Nigel by the current Bramhall chairman Ian Milligan, who played with him at Hale Barns 30 years ago: "If ever there was a cricketer who was too nice to be a fast bowler, it was Peely".
Cheshire Cricket Board secretary David Sharp said: "I knew him as courteous, thoughtful and grateful and I never forget that from players".
Former Bowdon chairman Bruce McDougall: "It's very sad to see Nigel go so young. I am glad we were able to welcome him one more time on his visit to the ground last summer".
By Mike Talbot-Butler: email@example.com
Sunday, January 31, 2016.