Graham Varty Laid to Rest

Today, Friday 18th July 2014 is a sad day for Datchet Cricket Club as club legend Graham Varty is laid to rest.

‘Varts’ joined Datchet after his time in Hong Kong as an impressive fast bowler who combined bowling at pace with bowling off the wrong foot. But sadly after a serious head injury whilst batting he was forced to retire his bowling boots. However, it was much to Graham’s credit and attributable to his love of the game, that Graham reinvented himself as an obdurate opening batsman and became a key player in lower XIs, mostly the Kenners-led 3rd XI of the mid-1990s.    Treating the vagaries of the Calor wicket as a challenge rather than a threat, he scored many runs at that venue.  Seasoned Varts-watchers would note his score as above and below par, so if he was 17 not out after 20 overs he would be 3 under par.    He was a vital part of the 3rd XI in 1995 that almost won the 3rd XI top division, typified by scoring a match winning 80* to defeat rivals Ickenham when one of their players loudly noted pre-game that the Datchet XI was ‘a bunch of old blokes and kids’ and so there for the taking.  The ‘kids’ (Tom Lambert etc) didn’t do too badly either.

Stories from this period abound – how a league match versus Barnes was delayed as Graham, the opening bat, had climbed a tree and was unable to get down.  Or how one day when he was battling hard when our strokemakers had failed, he responded to Mike Edwards exhortations to speed up his scoring by walking to the edge of the square and shouting at Mike “I should have got 0 – like you!”.

Graham almost reached his first 100 against Acton Town but Giles Smith kept pinching the strike which was infuriating for Graham but very funny for everyone else.  But happily he reached the milestone not long after at DCC vs Farnham Common, and was grinning from ear to ear.

 As secretary, Graham put in a huge amount of work over almost 20 years.  He would always say that he was happy to stand down if anyone else wanted to take over – maybe he even meant it!  Omar would certify to the amount of work involved.  Graham’s AGM speeches were the stuff of legend, he would sometimes bring the wrong year’s notes

Most of all Graham was someone who loved a chat, loved cricket and loved Datchet CC.  Hence he was at his happiest talking and watching cricket at Datchet.   The bar was always a little bit happier when Graham walked in. #DTHD

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