On Sunday 24th April 2016 a memorial cricket match took place at Wimborne Cricket Club between Wimborne CC and Dorset Over 50s CC in memory of Dave Dean a stalwart of both clubs with his daughter (Francesca), brother (Ken) who flew in from Brisbane, Australia and other members of the family and friends in attendance.
The aim of the day was to further celebrate "Deano's" life in a game that he loved "Cricket". So it was fitting that the 2 Clubs that he represented at his passing (Wimborne & Colehill CC and Dorset 50+) should contest this Memorial Match in his honour.
The outcome of the match was a win by Dorset 50+ by 3 wkts. However, it was the celebration of Deano's life in cricket which was more important than the game itself. For the record, Wimborne CC were bowled out for 135 with the highlight of their innings was the brief appearance of Deano's brother Ken who scored 3 runs. Dorset 50+ chased them down with 3 wkts still in hand.
The day is better explained in the way of photo's as follows:
Family and friends gather on the balcony at Wimborne CC prior to the presentation.
Francesca Dean with the 2 Captains (Tom White of Dorset 50+ and Darrin Jones of Wimborne CC) prior to the toss of the coin.
Umpire Richard Turner supervises the toss of the coin which was won by Dorset who inserted Wimborne CC into bat.
Members of the Dorset 50+ prior to the presentation of the Memorial bench by Deano's family.
Players from Wimborne CC, family and friends look on during the presentation.
Stuart Nye introducing the presentaion party prior to the unveiling of the bench in Deano's memory.
Deano's family look on during the presentation.
Family and friends paying tribute to Deano.
Stuart Nye presents Francesca with a programme and signed cricket bat from the Pakistani Panthers, Deano's last match watched on by Ken, John Ridout (Chairman of Wimborne CC) and Andy Rimmer our resident padre.
Francesca and Ken unveil the memorial bench in Deano's memory which now sits proudly on the balcony at Wimborne CC.
Andy Rimmer addressing family and friends prior to "blessing" of the bench.
The "blessing" of the bench by Andy Rimmer.
Francesca and Ken after the presentation with the gifts from the Pakistani Panthers.
Francesca and Ken with close family members.
Family and friends gather after the presentaion of Deano's memorial bench.
Ken, Francesca and Stuart Nye pose during the game.
Deano will never be forgotten as his memory lives on.
Deano's bench, a resting place for his family, friends plus his helmet & bat.