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Balmar 'Beefy' Bains

We had the absolutely appalling and very sad news this morning that Balmer Bains had been killed in a road accident. The accident happened when Bal’s taxi was in collision with a lorry at 4.30 am this morning. Many of you will know that Bal drove long distance for a living and was often up early to meet his commitments.

Bal’s passing is a tragic loss firstly for his family and also for our cricket club. He was a super and very friendly guy who was always willing to help out the club. Last September as Chairman I decided to make for the first time a Chairman’s award at our annual awards night and I had no hesitation in making the award to Bal for all the work he undertook as Third Team captain/manager last season and also the way he conducted himself in this challenging role.

He had diligently undertaken the role for the past three years often in difficult circumstances as we increasingly found it hard to field a third team from within our own numbers. As you will know that prompted the relationship with Meriden Spartans which has now blossomed into a full blown merger.

Bal ably managed the situation and ensured that with the help of Meriden Spartans we maintained a third team. He was ever willing and carried out a number of essential tasks connected with the third team without complaint and always with a smile. Bal championed the cause of the young player and I am very grateful to him for the way he gently introduced our juniors to senior adult cricket. He ensured that they had the opportunity to fully participate in the game and for Bal the development of young players came first before getting too concerned with the match result.

I also  know that when the local District Youth set up was flourishing under the leadership of Karl Bowes Bal was highly valued for his coaching of the younger players. He was a loyal and selfless servant of the game in Coventry and was great company. He gave much to the club and the game and sought very little if anything in return. A great guy.

I was only in contact with Bal last week when typically he agreed to take on the management of our under 16 team and also undertake some umpiring of second team games as a fully qualified umpire during the forthcoming season.

At a future stage we will commemorate Bal’s contribution to the club in a suitable way.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Josh (Bal’s son and a HS player), his younger brother and Mrs. Bains for their sad loss. RIP Bal.

Thanks and in much sadness

DAVID JOHNSON

CHAIRMAN

HIGHWAY SPARTANS CC