Ex Sussex cricket players dies at 87

Lewes news
Lewes news

Former local sportsman Peter Laker died suddenly on Friday at the age of 87.

The all-rounder played cricket for Sussex in the late 1940s on the strength of his eye-catching performances for Lewes Priory Cricket Club.

Peter also made a name for himself as a defender with Lewes Football Club.

Born in Hurstpierpoint, he moved to Lewes in the 1930s when his parents, Guy and Violet Laker, took over at The Pelham Arms.

Both Peter and his younger brother John were pupils at Lewes County Grammar School for Boys.

Peter, formerly of South Way until moving to Somerset 10 years ago, made his first-class debut for Sussex in a County Championship match against Middlesex at Hove in 1948.

He wasn’t required to bat in this match, while with the ball he bowled nine wicketless overs. The right-handed batsman, who also bowled leg break, played once more for his county, against Hampshire at Southampton, the following season.

He ended not out on 8 in Sussex’s first-innings, while in their second-innings he was run out for 6. He also bowled five overs, though didn’t take a wicket.

Peter then turned his talents to sports reporting and was cricket correspondent of The Daily Mirror for 25 years, touring the world to follow the Test match fortunes of the England team.

He died at his home near Yeovil leaving a widow, Connie, children Julie, Sally and Bobby, and grandson Alex. The funeral in Somerset will be followed by cremation.

A memorial service is being arranged to take place at St Anne’s Church, Lewes, early next month.