Tributes paid to ‘truly fantastic, irreplaceable’ Wisbech Cricket Club stalwart Paul Strickle
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Tributes have been paid to Wisbech Town Cricket Club stalwart Paul Strickle, who died at the age of 58 on Sunday (26).
Paul played at the Fenland club all his life, famously hitting an unbeaten 202 for Wisbech’s fourth team in their victory over Gooderstone 2nds in 2009.
He was also an impressive bowler, with his best haul of 6-24 – coming against Littleport Town in 2010.
He made 17 appearances for the club’s third team last season, scoring 165 runs and taking 10 wickets.
Dozens of tributes have poured in since his death, including one from the club he played at for decades, which described him as a “legend of cricket and hockey”.
A club statement said: “It is heartbreaking to even have to think about writing this post.
“Paul Strickle, the legend of Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey was taken from us far too soon.
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“Our deepest sympathy is with Sara, Jonathan, Hannah and the rest of the family at this devastating time.
“‘Strick’ was a truly fantastic man who is irreplaceable at the club and many of our lives. He was a fountain of knowledge both on and off the field and wanted the best for the club and its members at all times.
“A father figure for all - whether that was giving you some straight talking or just a hug and some gentle words of advice.
“‘Daddy Strick’ you have left a massive ‘Strick-shape’ hole in our club, more importantly in our hearts.
“Shine bright like the star that you are. Sleep well dear friend. Forever in our thoughts.”
Other local clubs have also paid tribute, including Leverington Cricket Club.
Their statement said: “All the players and members at the club are devastated to hear of the passing of cricket counterpart Paul Strickle.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who had the pleasure in knowing him.”
Leverington Sports and Social Club, who Paul once played for and managed, said: “All at the club are devastated at the news of the passing of former player and manager Paul Strickle.
“A true professional on and off the pitch we share our thoughts and prayers with his family at this time. Maybe gone, impossible to forget. RIP our friend.”
Paul was also groundsman and vice chairman of the Wisbech club.