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Obituaries

Tony Baker

Mike Vimpany remembers the man who oversaw Hampshire’s move from Northlands Road to the Ageas Bowl Tony Baker dedicated his life to cricket. An allrounder who opened the batting and bowling for Old Tauntonians and Southampton

Touring Club in the late 1960s and 1970s, he was one of the finest club cricketers of his era, as well as a handy basketball player. Tall and upright, he was Touring Club’s opening batsman and bowler, secretary, fixture secretary and treasurer – all at the same time. “He was a dogged opening batsman, seldom playing bad shots and always working out ways to score runs when the going was tough,” reflected his friend and team-mate Derek Tulk.

The advent of competitive league cricket in the early 1970s saw Old Tauntonians win three of the first five Southern League championships and finish runners-up to Deanery, their Southampton arch rivals, in the sixth. In 1972, he took all 10 Netley Sports wickets for 26 runs playing for OTs in the Hector Young Evening Trophy final. He then went on to become treasurer and chairman of the Southern League.

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