Andover Cricket Club News story


JOHNNY WALLACE

22 Oct 2018

It is with great sadness that the club have learned of the death of Johnny Wallace after a short illness.

Throughout the 70's and early 80's, Johnny stood head and shoulders above the rest of the Andover batting line up, not only because of the sheer weight of runs but the manner in which they were scored. Blessed with a marvellous eye for a ball, Johnny batted with no fear of dismissal and consequently was happy to attack from the first ball of the match. Indeed, he was known to hit the first ball of the season for 6 on more than one occasion, and his runs always came at a fierce rate

Johnny was born in Jamaica and it is difficult not to conclude that his upbringing in the Caribbean had a formative influence on the way he played cricket. A more than useful slip fielder, but his bowling was as friendly as the man himself.

Legend is an overused word, but to those who had the great pleasure to be entertained by Johnny, there will be no doubt that he will always be remembered as a legend at Andover CC.

His funeral will be held at Basingstoke Crematorium at 2pm on Friday 2nd November.