Mike Hobbs, one of the best known figures in local cricket, has died at the age of 72.
The father-of-two died at his home near Wallingford on March 10 after a short illness.
Mr Hobbs was a player, groundsman, president and umpire for Warborough & Shillingford Cricket Club.
And as a member of Somerset County Cricket Club he was responsible for bringing the county side to the village green for fundraising games in the 1980s.
All-time greats such as Sir Ian Botham, Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Steve Waugh played against the village.
Mr Hobbs, of Rush Court Nurseries, near Wallingford, was the son of Lambourn racehorse trainer Reg Hobbs, who won the 1938 Grand National with Battleship.
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