Sadly, we have to report the passing of Jack Endacott who was, for so many years, the guiding light behind the South-Western Branch of The Cricket Society, just two months short of his 90th birthday.
Jack was a life-long Somerset supporter and it was always fascinating to catch up with him and hear his memories of the early days following the county. The last time we spoke, it was to hear him talk of the 1939 West Indies touring team at Taunton – Jack would have been nine years old at the time. This meant he was one of the few people that I had met who had seen both Learie Constantine and George Headley play but he was most delighted that Somerset had won by an innings and 72 runs. He had played club cricket and was quite properly proud of his century for Staplegrove Second XI.
It is people like Jack who have been the life-blood of The Cricket Society over the years and he will be much missed.