Tim Oliver memorial match date confirmed

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WHCC2A memorial match for former Walsall Health skipper Tim Oliver has been confirmed for Sunday August 24.

Two clubs which Tim held close to his heart – Walsall Health and Rushall – will be taking part in the game which will include many of his former team mates from down the years, as well as current players.

Tim – who was leader of the Labour group on Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council – died in May after a long battle with illness.

The game at Rushall’s Carter Park home in Pelsall Lane will start at 2pm with a BBQ and a disco and karaoke afterwards.

An alcohol-laden raffle is currently underway and charities which will benefit from the event include Pancreatic Cancer UK, Macmillan Nurses and Amnesty International.

A multiple record holder for The Elf, Tim started playing for the club in the late 80s and soon took over as skipper, continuing to play right up until 2012.

Tim will be remembered as a fiery, committed and supremely talented batsman and bowler whose trademark ‘square-jaw’ look at crucial stages during games served as an inspiration to his team mates and a warning sign to the opposition.

Steve Fell, a long-time team mate of Tim’s, said: “Tim was a much-loved character on the local circuit with both players who played with and against him.

“As a result, a lot of players around the local circuit will be taking part in the match and it promises to be a great day.

“It might involve trips into the loft to retrieve kit and some sore Bank Holiday limbs for some of the older players, but it will all be worth it.

“The game will be a great opportunity to raise funds for Rushall and also for charity, in addition to celebrating Tim’s life and his love of cricket.”

Team mate Rick Jarrams said: “On the field Tim was a colossus, amazing with both bat and ball and a reluctant but successful captain for several years.

“Tim will always be a true WHCC legend and will be sadly missed by your team mates past and present and also by many of our friendly opponents over the years.”

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