Chappel & Wakes Colne Cricket Club are devastated to announce that their club legend Nigel Swain sadly passed away on Monday after a short battle with Cancer in St Helena Hospice aged 63.
Nigel joined the Club in 1989 when he moved to the area from Cheltenham. He has played every season since then for the first team in the North Essex Cricket League missing very few games in that time. Many members of the opposition league clubs will know of Nigel as he always took ownership of the Scorebook until his turn came to bat so will have spent a lot of time with his fellow scorers.
Nige soon fitted into Club life where he first helped with the ground, organising cricket tours but soon had the nickname of “Gadget man” as he could fix and do anything. Over the last 28 years he has done so much for the Club, whether it be electrical, plumbing or general building work he always volunteered to take on the task. This included the building of the Club’s first electronic scoreboard a few years ago and before he fell ill he was working on a newer version after we had been offered some second-hand parts from another club. After rebuilding the Club’s sightscreens for what seemed like the umpteenth time following strong winds, he vowed last year to never repair them again. He was rewarded with all his hard work in 2015 when he was made a Life Member.
On the playing side Nigel was a highly accomplished medium pace bowler who managed to make the ball talk with prodigious swing and seam movement. His first over would always contain a couple of leg side full tosses which would be dispatched to the boundary but after that the rest of his spell would be a delight to watch as he frustrated and bamboozled many a batsman. He was an umpires dream as he would only appeal when he knew the batsman was out. He was a very consistent bowler and had great success with the ball winning the NECL bowling averages for Division 3 in 1996 and Division 2 in 2006 when he took 43 wickets which is a joint club record. He also finished in the league’s top ten averages on thirteen occasions and won the Club’s Bowling trophy seven times.
He managed to create his own style of batting and position as the Club’s number 11 for countless years, his bat normally resembling a lightsaber as he often managed to swat a good length ball through and over extra cover. We were however grateful for any extra runs he could get and relied on him to get us over the line in tightly fought matches.
Although Nigel would certainly be classed as a veteran in age terms he was full of energy on the cricket field, still playing in his sixties for the first team was a testament for his love of the game and Club. He loved playing with his much younger team mates, most of who are in their twenties and socialising with them as well. There was a mutual respect.
Nigel was such an easy going, likeable guy, he will be so missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him and playing our great sport of Cricket either with or against him.
Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.
The funeral is going to be held at Colchester Crematorium on Friday 29thJune at 1.15pm with the wake afterwards at The Hobbies cricket ground in Wakes Colne.
Nigel Swain bowling honours:
1993 NECL Div 2 4th place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
1994 NECL Div 2 4th place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
1996 NECL Div 3 1st place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
2001 NECL Div 1 9th place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
2003 NECL Div 2 4th place
2006 NECL Div 2 1st place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
2007 NECL Div 1 9th place
2009 NECL Div 1 6th place & First Team Bowler Of The Year
2011 NECL Div 2 3rd place
2012 NECL Div 2 3rd place
2013 NECL Div 4 6th place
2015 NECL Div 3 9th place
2016 First Team Bowler Of The Year
2017 NECL Div 2 9th place