Sad News – Peter Mawdsley

Lowerhouse Cricket Club 1st XI batting during their home game v Norden Cricket Club 1st XI in a Lancashire League Senior Division One match at the Brooks Foundation Ground in Burnley on May 5th 2019 in Lancashire (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

The club are again saddened to hear of the passing of another club stalwart , former Second Eleven captain , cricket chairman and supporter Peter Mawdsley.

Peter came to the club in the early 70s and quickly established himself in the Second Eleven , featuring in the 1973 Second Eleven cup winning team. ( Team photograph on West end room wall). For Lowerhouse to win a trophy in that period was some achievement.

Peter also played First Eleven cricket but was a leader and captaining the Second Eleven was a natural evolution. The peak of that captaincy was the 1982 Second Eleven cup final win at Lowerhouse over Ramsbottom.

Peter captained until injury forced his retirement. Peter was known as a very fair captain and would stick with younger players through adversity. Something that I benefitted from myself. Peter had a great sense of humour, loved banter and enjoyed a gag even at his own expense.

Two quick stories. Prior to a serious injury Peter was a fair old size. After chasing the ball to the boundary at a sweltering turf moor for three successive 3s a wag in the huge derby Day crowd shouted “Oygen for Mawdsley “. Quick as a flash Peter shouted back “Don’t worry lad , I’ve lost a stone this over “.

Four of us were sat on the changing room table at Ramsbottom as a 6 hurtled towards the window towards us. Suddenly Peter thrust out both arms and fell backwards tumbling us all to the floor. Amidst the chaos of broken glass, a broken table and twisted limbs, Peter stood up and said ” I’d have caught that but for you 3″

Peter continued his involvement in the club after retirement as cricket chairman and although debilitated by a stroke some 13 years ago, Peter continued to attend games  as a supporter , west end member with wife Ann a valued supplier of cakes to the tea room.

We send our heartfelt sympathy to Ann, and Peter’s family and mourn once again the loss of a true Lowerhouser.