Bails bales out as Chairman

Bails bales out as Chairman

30 Aug 2022


The recent Player's Award evening gave the opportunity to formally salute David Bailey, Cheshire CCC Chairman since 2013  as he steps down from the role at the end of this season.

David has held a number of posts at the club over the years, from vice-chairman to team manager. This followed an illustrious playing career. Locally he played at Northwich, Alderley Edge, Didsbury and Bowdon, was Cheshire captain in the 70s, represented the Minor Counties Combined XI and went on to play for Durham (a then minor counties side) before playing for Lancashire. 

Always reluctant to talk about his achivements, you may find out the finer details of his 136 against Kent at Old Trafford if you force his arm with a pint or two and some fish and chips!

David is hugely regarded around the National Counties circuit and enjoyed an excellent evening with his wife Judy at the award's evening in Dorset.

Vice Chairman Jim Law presented a reminder of David's involvement with Cheshire and beyond and there were several messages from ex-players and friends who have enjoyed his enthusiasm and company over the years.

Ex-captain Danny Leech thanked David for his support both on and off the field. "Bails is Cheshire through and through," he said. "Enjoy your retirement."

James Duffy, another previous captain said "A massive thank you for being so supportive during my time as a player and captain. It's fair to say you contributed hugely to our success with the trust shown in the selection committee and players wearing the 11 rented out jumpers the Club had! And by the way, I still haven't had my hand shaken in the way your sausage fingers seem to shake hands!"

And Andrew Hall (Good old Albert!) thanked David for all his hard work and "for all the support and advice you gave me during my time as player and captain. All the players appreciated it and the amount of effort behind the scenes."

Team Manager Pete Babbage said' You've been a constant source of advice for me over the years with your vast experience and understanding of the game. I'll greatly miss the banter."

Jim Law, in presenting a memento, thanked David too for his advice and guidance, recognising the value of the experience he brings to the current squad and committtee.

Don't expect David to go too far though. You're more than likely to see him at Cheshire games next year ... but maybe a little more relaxed.

Thank you David.