Originally presented for the best batting performance on a Saturday, pre 2017 presented to Saturday Second XI player of the season
Update 2017 – In the absence of a third Saturday team, the committee voted to change the criteria for this trophy so the Mick Hayward memorial shield could be accommodated. This trophy will now be presented to the best Saturday 2nd XI batsman.
Ron was a founder of Rayleigh Fairview Cricket Club. He had two brothers so they already had over 25% of a cricket team!
His father became the club’s regular umpire.
He lived in Hambro Hill and together with a few other young cricketers who lived round Fairview, he managed to get a club together in 1953 and on May 1st 1954 they played their first game against Rettendon CC.
Fairview scored 100 for 9 declared (Holmes Ron 20, Holmes Colin 20 not out, Phillips Dick 12) and then bowled out Rettendon for 50 (Holmes Ron 1 for 3, Holmes Colin 1 for 2 and Phillips Dick 4 for 24).
Ron would admit that he was not the worlds best cricketer but he was very enthusiastic and a very good organiser and leader and was happy to allow more experienced cricketers like Tony Greatorex and Dick Phillips to look after the captaincy. Ron did however have the pleasure of scoring a ton, this was the highlight of his cricketing career.
Ron finally resigned as Chairman when Rayleigh Fairview decided to drop the third team as he felt this was a backward step. As he had guided the club from just about 11 players, some of whom had virtually no cricket skills who turned up on Saturday only, had to travel to every away game by bus, (and won most of their matches) to a club with three Saturday and two Sunday teams, he was probably right. However, he was happy to be our Honorary Life Member.
Ron passed away in about 2006 but always took a keen interest in the club and wrote a very good article about the clubs 50 year history for the Evening Echo in 2003.