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Tributes paid to former Nelson CC professional Derek Parker
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Lancashire League cricketer and agent who has died after a short battle with cancer.
Derek Parker, 66, was only diagnosed with the disease two weeks ago but died this week.
The former Nelson prof-essional and Lancashire Second XI player lived in Todmorden.
Mark Clayton, the former cricket chairman of Todmorden Cricket Club, said: “Derek was a real family man. He was devoted to his family and will be missed by a lot of people.
“He came to all of our home games and was very well known and very popular in the area.”
Derek was the Nelson professional in 1980, when he took 66 wickets with his leg spin bowling and scored 200 runs. Before that he had spent five years at Ashton in the Central Lancashire League where he broke a number of bowling records.
“His main line of business was as a sports agent during the 80s and 90s,” said Mr Clayton.
“He was heavily involved in Rugby League and also cricket, bringing over some very good players to play in the Lancashire League.
“I remember a game in 1989 where he got the West Indian bowler Ian Bishop to play as a sub pro. A few years ago I saw Ian on holiday and spoke to him, and one of the first names he mentioned was Derek Parker.
“Derek was an excellent cricketer, and a bit of a maverick. He had long hair and wore a headband when he was bowling.”
As well as playing in the Lancashire League, Derek played for the Lancashire Second XI, and also for Durham in Minor Counties cricket. His sons, Stuart and Duncan, have both played for Todmorden Cricket Club, and he also leaves his wife, Sue.
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