I’m very sorry to have to report the sad news that Oswestry C.C. Chairman and former Cae Glas skipper Mike Robinson died on Friday, shortly after his wife Lesley. Both had been unwell for some time, but the news has come as a great shock to everyone that knew them.
Mike was the captain of the Cae Glas side when I made my debut playing adult cricket back in the early 70’s, when he sent me out to face Overton’s Keith Fowles when he was on a hat trick!!
Always a fierce competitor, in those days he was a more than useful opening bowler and an excellent left hand batsman. He always seemed to have so much time and he was an excellent driver of the ball.
However, his running between the wickets was always an interesting experience for the uninitiated. He was a founder member of the, ‘take no notice of what I shout….just watch my feet’ club of runners between the wickets, and many inexperienced young players learnt the hard way that Mike wasn’t the best caller!!
A self confessed bad loser, he was also a bat thrower of prodigious notoriety, and if by accident you happened to be in the pavilion when he returned from being dismissed you were living very dangerously.
He was, however great fun and great teammate.
He played for Cae Glas for six seasons, from 1968 to 1973, and joined Oswestry to play in the first-ever full league season in 1974 where he became a stalwart for them, becoming the driving force that took them to the top tier of the Birmingham league. 100% committed to the Oswestry cause, I nevertheless like to think he always had a soft spot for Cae Glas, and as one of my brothers best mates, he always had a tale to tell about the hell raising early days of Cae Glas’s ‘social scene’, laying the basis for an enduring reputation that Cae Glas has to this day for being a club that are always ready to enjoy a beer or two with the opposition after a hard fought game.
He will be sorely missed in Shropshire cricket circles generally, and in particular by our neighbours down at Morda road.
An entertaining raconteur, he could talk cricket, Shrewsbury town and racing for hours……and often did!
He really was one of Oswestry’s great sporting characters.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Paul and Mark (Geezer) at this very difficult time.
The cricketing world is very much poorer with his passing.
Cae Glas CC -Chairman
Cae Glas players stand in silence in black arm bands to remember Mike Robinson who died on Friday, before their league game against Tibberton, Hodnet & Peplow on Saturday.